Digital Photography BA (Hons)

This AOP accreditated course provides graduates with the knowledge and skills appropriate to a range of careers in digital photography.

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The course provides a stimulating education in the broader areas of digital photography practice and a substantial grounding in the principles and methods in emerging areas of commercial practice. You will be encouraged to develop your own creative ability and support this with the development of a high level of technical skills. There are opportunities for collaboration with other courses, such as animation, broadcasting, fashion, graphic design, and motion graphics.

As a graduate, you will be prepared for employment across a range of industries in areas such as photo-journalism, editorial, documentary, portraiture, advertising, fashion, music, architecture, newspaper, picture research, museum curatorial, gallery, project management, technical support and PR.

You will study through a mix of practice and theory-based learning. This will include lectures, seminars, workshops, individual tutorials, self-directed study and projects. You will be supported by well-qualified teaching staff with many years experience working in the creative industries and visiting professionals who will bring further industry perspectives to the course.

About this course


3 years full time


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Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C or above) or equivalent (including English and Mathematics) and also to hold at least one of the following or equivalent UK or international qualification:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A level, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 28 points or above

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Having come to Ravensbourne from a non-traditional academic background I've found the industry-focused elements of the course particularly engaging, especially the freedom to explore our own limitations through the briefs provided. Many of our tutors come from the photographic industry and their knowledge and guidance has proven invaluable in gaining assisting work and beginning to build our own client lists.Andy Morgan, BA (Hons) Digital Photography

I would recommend Ravensbourne if you are looking for a course that will strengthen your technical skills, encourage creativity and provide solid preparation for a career in commercial photography.Hannah Coate, BA (Hons) Digital Photography

What the next three years will look like

You will be continually assessed through preparation of written and project work. Assessment in the final year is through dissertation and portfolio.

Year 1

You will study: introduction to studio photography; applying digital photography; narrative and mixed lighting; layout and graphic systems; the photography industry, and theory and context. Intensive introduction to photography practice, including studio skills and digital technologies.

Year 2

You will study: documentary photography and photojournalism; advanced commercial photography; motion photography; genres: human and inanimate form, and dissertation preparation. Focus on professionally facing live briefs. You will be using DSLRs and in the studio, industry standard high-end medium format workflow with Phase One cameras.

Year 3

You will study: location and studio; live project; major project; self-initiated project, and dissertation. You will pursue ultimate image quality through digital medium format Phase One IQ kit.


Successful completion of this course can lead to postgraduate study in MA Communication Design at Ravensbourne.

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