• CollegeCamberwell
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW643

BA (Hons) Photography

BA Photography at Camberwell College of Arts adopts an open and experimental approach to fine art photographic practice.

Guided by expert staff students frequently explore media beyond the photographic image. The course encourages creative dialogue and offers students regular opportunities to exhibit work.

Course detail

Content: what students can expect

  • To test and explore the creative possibilities and limits of photography, and be encouraged to develop approaches that feed new and innovative ways of working
  • To consider the broadest applications of image and material within a photographically oriented culture, thinking through documentation, advertising, personal memento, public image, object of expression and then ask how these uses affect our perception of photographic culture
  • To be introduced to colour as well as black and white darkroom processes, studio lighting, advanced alternative printing, postproduction and colour management
  • To investigate methods through which their work reaches its audience; from physical installations, exhibitions and publications, to new media and the web
  • To be taught by prominent artists, critics, curators and publishers, as well as developing new ideas and approaches whilst developing professional contacts
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View Camberwell's facilities section
  • To test how their artworks are installed, received and understood by participating in an external exhibition with students from across our BA Fine Art programme
  • Fine Art lecture series open to all Camberwell undergraduate students studying Drawing, Painting, Photography and Sculpture
  • To explore international ideas about contemporary photographic practice, by accessing London’s extensive galleries, attending our international programme of artists talks, and by taking part in optional visits to major exhibitions and events, including the Venice Biennale, Documenta and Paris Photo
  • To develop ideas and experiences internationally, through optional exchange partnerships with other world-leading art schools, including University of California (UCLA, Los Angeles), Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV, Venice), Die Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst - Academy of Fine Arts (HGB, Leipzig), and through our artist-led workshop partnership with Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA, Beijing)


By retaining single subject degrees in Fine Art at undergraduate level, Camberwell offers students the chance to study in-depth painting, sculpture, photography and drawing, while still enabling students to access cross-course teaching and facilities, as well as work with their peers in other Fine Art areas. 

All undergraduate Fine Art students at Camberwell attend cross-course crits and tutorials throughout their course, even though they are primarily based in their own subject areas.

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Introduction to BA Drawing, Painting, Photography and Sculpture
  • Unit 2: Defining the subject - What is Photography
  • Unit 3: Critical context and reflective practice
  • Unit 4: Exploring subject possibilities - Time and space

Year 2

  • Unit 5: Options - Extended contexts
  • Unit 6: Presentation and exhibition
  • Unit 7: Defining a context for your work
  • Unit 8: Presentation, collaboration and development

Year 3 

  • Unit 9 - part 1: Context - Dissertation, work placement or live project
  • Unit 9 - part 2: Personal and professional development - Portfolio, includes contextual statement, evaluative report and digital portfolio
  • Unit 10: Individual programme of study

Work experience and opportunities

BA Photography students have the opportunity to exhibit their work internally at the university and at external venues in London, with previous spaces having included Dilston Grove, CGP London, Shoreditch Town Hall and Southwark's The Biscuit Factory.

Students are supported in pursuing work experience with major organisations, including Self Publish, Be Happy, and Art on the Underground.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Events, screenings and visits
  • Group and individual critiques, tutorials and formal reviews
  • Individual programmes of study
  • Key ideas lecture programme
  • Learning skills in practical and technical workshops. 
  • Lectures and visiting speakers
  • Staff and student led seminars and discussions
  • Taught drawing sessions

Assessment methods

  • Assignments, essays, statements and reports 
  • Development file
  • Peer assessment
  • Portfolios
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Project and support work
  • Proposals
  • Self-assessment


  • Photography Workshop


    View images of and find out more about our photography facilities

  • Digital media facilities

    Digital Media

    View images of and find out more about our digital media facilities

  • Camberwell's 3D workshops - foundry.

    3D Workshops

    View images of and find out more about our 3D workshops


Recent visitors have included:

  • Becky Beasley
  • Walead Beshty
  • Rut Blees Luxemburg
  • Marc Camille Chaimowicz
  • Shezad Dawood
  • John Divola
  • Hal Foster - Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
  • Darren Harvey-Regan
  • Mishka Henner
  • Helen Molesworth - Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Aron Morel
  • Matthew Noel-Tod
  • Eddie Peake
  • Sarah Pickering
  • Griselda Pollock - Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History (CATH), Leeds University
  • Clare Strand

How to apply

Home / EU applicants

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W643

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.

Following your UCAS application to this course all home / EU applicants will be invited to choose a date for a selection event. 

What is a selection event?

A selection event is similar to an interview. You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by course teams. The event will also give you a chance to meet current students, take a tour of the college and see the facilities. 

More details about your selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen your selection event date.

International applicants

There are 3 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

Find out more information about applying through UCAS.

Interviews and portfolio reviews - international students can be interviewed in a number of different ways: 

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives 
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

Study Abroad

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course. 

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.

Entry requirements

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work, personal statements and reference.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • A Level - 2 A levels grade C or above
  • or Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • or Pass, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • or Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • or Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • or Equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications. For example - International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above
  • and 3 GCSE passes grade C or above

We will also consider other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements.

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Portfolio advice

  • The portfolio will mainly be made up of photographic work, but may include work made in other media
  • The portfolio should show an ability to develop and explore ideas
  • It is important to include sketch books. These help us see your working process and indicate your developing research interests and influences

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • An ability to explore, articulate and develop ideas
  • An ability to research information and visual material to support your ideas
  • Your portfolio to demonstrate a range of appropriate skills and technical abilities 
  • An ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • An ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19 fees).

Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19 fees).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

Our BA Photography graduates have exhibited their work in major UK competitions and exhibitions, including The Photographer’s Gallery’s Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed exhibition of most promising graduates, Saatchi New Sensations, Sony Professional Photography Awards and The Sovereign Asian Art Prize.

Others have gone on to work for major galleries and publishers, whilst many former students progress to postgraduate study.


  • Pedro Alfacinha - Photography publishing, Steidl and Mack Books
  • Lea Collet - Artist
  • Jon Maguire - Freelance documentary filmmaker
  • Robert Zhao Renhui - Artist
  • Katherine Reynolds - Curator