• CollegeLCC
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW640

BA (Hons) Photography

Places available 2018/19
This course has places available for international applicants only. Applications have now closed for UK and EU students.
You can apply for this course via the ‘How to apply’ section on this page. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2018/19 entry, visit the Clearing page.

BA (Hons) Photography at London College of Communication (LCC) is an innovative programme that encourages you to develop a distinctive approach to photography.

Reasons to apply

  • Spanning fine art, documentary and commercial practice and grounded in a critical understanding of the medium, you will develop and research your own ideas in relation to project briefs and learn the skills needed to work professionally.
  • BA (Hons) Photography is a conceptually driven, multi-genre photography programme, combining practice, theory and professionalism. Through this approach, we produce creative conceptual photographers who are specialists within their field of interest. 
  • The course provides an excellent grounding for future academic careers or within the industry in a more commercial approach such as fashion, advertising, editorial photography, art direction and picture editing.
  • Graduates go on to enjoy successful careers in the arts, design or media industries. Prominent alumni include Tom Hunter, Bettina von Zwehl and photographer Rankin ­­– the acclaimed co-founder of Dazed and Confused magazine.
  • Access to excellent analogue and digital facilities with specialist technicians who help to support students working in all areas.
  • Our strong relationships with industry provide opportunities and collaborations for students outside of the course structure. Previous external professional projects include OffPrint at Photo London, Tate, Nokia and Zenphone.

Student films and profiles

Student Voices: Afra Zamara – BA (Hons) Photography

Student Voices // Tim Swan, BA (Hons) Photography

Watch // Student Voices, Fernamda Liberti

Student voices: William Britten – BA (Hons) Photography 

LCC Student Voices // Julian Mährlein – BA (Hons) Photography

Juno Calypso, LCC BA (Hons) Photography alumna wins British Journal of Photography International Award 2016
Image © Juno Calypso

British Journal of Photography International Award

Juno Calypso, BA (Hons) Photography alumna wins BJP International Award - LCC Blog

Photography by LCC student Renee Osubu inspires disadvantaged kids of Philadelphia.

LCC Student Awarded to conduct a David Peace Project

BA (Hons) Photography student inspires disadvantaged kids of Philadelphia - LCC Blog.

LCC Alumna Emma Hartvig discusses her work with Aesthetica Magazine.
Image © Emma Hartvig

Alumna Emma Hartvig discusses her work with Aesthetica Magazine.

Photography work by graduate Tim Batten

Watch: LCC Degree Shows 2016 // Media School Show

Student Rebecca Scheinberg talks us through her work in LCC Summer Shows 2014

Photograph: Manicured hand in a pool reaching for some pills.
Image © Rebecca Scheinberg and Chloe Newman, Untitled

Work by alumna Rebecca Scheinberg featured by It's Nice That

Course Catalogue

BA (Hons) Photography 'Kind Of' 2017 Degree show book.


BA (Hons) Photography is a multi-genre course which celebrates all areas of photography through an expansive curriculum which includes creative and technical skills, contextual studies (photographic history, philosophy, and relationship to art history) and professional development.

The course is delivered by a team of practising photographers, artists, curators, and writers, supplemented by visiting tutors and speakers from the photography, arts and media industries. You will be taught through theme-based units linking professional, theoretical and practical elements of the course.

In the first unit Introduction to Photography, you will be introduced to the exciting world of photography and it’s professional possibilities through lectures, seminars, exercises, and interviews.

The course enables you to develop independent photographic practice and encourages an approach to photography which encompasses fine art, documentary, and commercial practice. For each unit, you will write your own brief and work within a small group to develop creatively through experimentation, research, and technical skills to realise your project.

The contextual studies programme is also a key element of the course. Developed especially for photography students, it will introduce you to a wide range of cutting-edge and historical photographic practices.

You will have an opportunity to visit London-based production photographic studios, magazine and newspaper publishing houses and processing facilities. In addition, visits to art centres, galleries and museums in London will provide wonderful stimuli for project work.

You will also be working with the excellent technical facilities at LCC – including black and white and colour darkrooms, specialist studios and digital suites, available to photography students during term time.

This course is suitable for you if you are fascinated by photography, taking photographs and questioning their purpose, working creatively with photography, curious about photography from a wide perspective, find yourself reading about photography or interested in photographic theory.

Course units

In common with all courses at University of the Arts, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Photography qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Year 1

Units summary:

  • Introduction to Photography (20 credits)
  • Practice 1: Image and Reality (20 credits)
  • Practice 2: A Photographic Manifesto (40 credits)
  • Contextual Studies 1: Practices, Histories and Ideas (40 credits)

During the first year, you will learn through experimentation and play to develop your curiosity and creativity. You will also learn how to gather photographic research and create methodologies to develop your personal position as a photographer.

You will develop and research your own photographic ideas in relation to project briefs and experiment with the technical skills you need to realise a range of solutions.

You'll learn about historical and contemporary photography practices, and the key theoretical frameworks used to situate them. Informed discussion about photography and its cultural context is central to the course, which is delivered by way of lectures, seminars, and workshops.

Year 2

Units summary:

  • Practice 3: Visualising Ideologies (20 credits)
  • Practice 4: The Symposium (20 credits)
  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)
  • Contextual Studies 2: Contemporary Issues (40 credits)

As you move into Year 2 you will expand on these skills and start to develop your own voice within your practice. Year 2 builds on the foundations established in Year 1, introducing themes of practice, contextual studies, and professional development.

Students work through considerations of the medium, usage, and institutional setting, to focus on two the key themes of contemporary photography: society and culture.

Towards the end of the year, the emphasis in contextual studies is shifted towards preparation for your selection of a dissertation topic and approach and the initiation of research.

Year 3

Units summary:

  • Practice 5: Exit Dossier (20 credits)
  • Practice 6: Major Project (60 credits)
  • Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (40 credits)

Year 3, the final stage, consolidates and develops your ability to direct and plan your own work by producing two substantial self-selected pieces of work – your Major Photographic Practice Project and Dissertation. The dissertation is a researched extended essay on a topic of your choice which is relevant to photography.

The topic is generally chosen to complement your Major Project and gives you with the opportunity to develop a larger set of questions and ideas using skills, knowledge, and understanding acquired over the contextual studies units of the course.

Through the dissertation, you develop the ability to produce a thoroughly researched and appropriately presented piece of extended written work.

Both your Major Project and your dissertation are developed in consultation with staff and according to a negotiated programme.

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example, because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, use our online course enquiry form.


  •  Red light indicating recording is taking place.
    Image © Vladimir Molico

    Lens-based and audio-visual

    Find out about the workspaces and studios that support Lens-Based and Audio-Visual practice.

  • The Digital Space, London College of Communication.
    Image © Ana Escobar

    The Digital Space

    The Digital Space is an open-plan, creative hub with computers set up with specialist software.

  • Students working within the Photography Studio, using lights.
    Image © Lewis Bush

    Media Photography

    Photography students benefit from access to resources held in the Media Photography areas.


Course Leader

Beverley Carruthers

Senior Lecturers

Matthew HawkinsProfessor Tom HunterLee MackinnonSophy RickettPaul Tebbs

Introduction to Photography Coordinator 

Harry Hardie

Visiting tutors 

Peter LiversidgeJonny BriggsLiz OrtonNigel Shafran, Liane Lang

How to apply

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, personal statement and portfolio advice.

Home/EU applicants 

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed for UK and EU applicants. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018. 

You must apply through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W640
  • There is no campus code for LCC

Go to 'Apply' from the UCAS home page, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form. London College of Communication (LCC) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

We have recently made changes to our application process for Home/EU applicants. To find out more, view the Undergraduate Application Process page.


For further information on Erasmus and UAL exchange schemes, please visit the Erasmus and Non-Erasmus Exchanges section on the UAL website. 


Deferring an Offer

If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will have to pay a deposit in order to defer.

In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a Deferred Application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2019/20)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, personal statement and portfolio advice.

International applicants 

Please note, this course has places available for international applicants only for 2018/19 entry. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018. 

International applicants can apply through one of three routes only:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the University Applying through UCAS page.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

Study Abroad applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Photography for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student.

Visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.


Deferring an Offer

If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will need to pay a deposit in order to defer.

In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a Deferred Application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2019/20)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

Entry requirements


The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A-level (or equivalent) or from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

80 UCAS tariff points gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level or equivalent. (A-level subjects studied may include: Photography; English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences).


One subject at A-level achieved at grade C or above PLUS Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3/4).

Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points from one of the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma 
  • UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

Additionally, you will have achieved passes at grade C or above in at least five GCSE subjects including English.

If you are applying on the basis of your previous experience, you should apply as normal via UCAS. You will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps of the AP(e)L process, through either Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL).  

If you have successfully completed year 1 of a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at LCC, you can identify the point of entry as year 2 on your application, and consideration will be given by the course admissions tutor.  

Language Requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level on our language requirements page.

Student selection - what do we look for?

As part of your application, you will be asked to submit a full portfolio of work. We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview.

The course admissions tutors will review the following key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • Most importantly they will review your personal statement and the quality of the uploaded portfolio
  • They will consider your qualifications (or projected results)
  • They will review your academic or personal references
  • International applicants may be invited to interview in person at LCC, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend.

Personal statement advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in photography, and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course. 

You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC. 

You should ensure it is written clearly, and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it will help you in the future. 

State what you personally would bring to the course, and explain what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment.

Portfolio Advice

Your portfolio of work is the most important part of your application, and you must clearly evidence development work as well as work from completed projects.

Please provide a maximum of 20 images of your own original photographic work to support your application.

Important Note: You are strongly advised not to delay the upload by trying to create new work; your main aim should be to demonstrate the creativity within your current portfolio.

Selection Criteria

The portfolio, along with the details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be used by the course admissions tutors to assess your suitability against the following criteria:    

  • Demonstration of an appreciation of photography as a specialised discipline
  • Technical skills and experimentation with visual creativity, demonstrated in your own photographic work
  • Evidence of research and development of ideas through practice to achieve specific outcomes
  • Quality of ideas and thought processes in the production of your work         

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage. 

What happens next?

We invite all offer holders to come to LCC, from January onwards, to attend one of our Offer Holder events. Offer holders will have the chance to meet the team, find out more about the course, and see our diverse and vibrant student community in action.

Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19).

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2018/19 academic year, subject to changes in the law. 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).

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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Career paths

A huge variety of options are open to students after graduating from BA (Hons) Photography. The creative, research and professional skills gained on the course enable a broad range of careers possibilities, including:

  • Photographer (advertising, fashion, editorial, blogging, documentary and art photography)
  • Art buyers
  • Picture editors
  • Publishers
  • Curators
  • Archivists
  • Academics
  • Art directors
  • Entrepreneurs

Each year there are some graduates who go on to study MA Photography at LCC or other related MA courses.

Alumni include internationally renowned artists and photographers including: