Explore and experiment with photographic practices by studying for our BA (Hons) Photography degree at Cambridge School of Art.
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Learn to create images that tell compelling stories, whether your dream is to be a fashion or fine art photographer or a photojournalist.
As a photography student at ARU you’ll develop skills in professional photography, multimedia, critical communication and exhibition.
Take full advantage of our specialist darkrooms, photographic studios, and digital post-production and printing suite. You can also borrow specialist camera equipment through our dedicated loan service.
You’ll be taught through individual tutorial and studio sessions, as well as in group lectures and workshops. You'll also benefit from regular career development events throughout your Photography degree.
Our BA (Hons) Photography scored 90% for Learning Resources in the National Student Survey 2023.
Studying photography at university will help you prepare for work in the creative industries, or for self-employment as a photographer or artist. Here at ARU, there's the chance to gain valuable experience and build a professional network through work placements.
All your creative work will be supported by academic staff working at the forefront of photographic research and innovation who have years of professional experience. This informs the design and delivery of our BA (Hons) Photography course, allowing us to respond to innovation in the sector, facilitate exciting industry-led projects, and speaker presentations. Our students are part of the organising committee for our Annual Public Photography Lectures which bring high-profile British and international photographers to ARU. Previous talks have featured Donna Ferrato, Laura Pannack, Anthony Luvera, Tom Hunter, Jane Hilton, Tim Flach and Hannah Starkey.
Through continuous experimentation, you’ll be encouraged to refine your photographic style and voice.
Critical and contextual studies will connect your own research and writing to your practice and will guide you to specialist resources in our campus library. Explore hundreds of photographers’ monographs and access technical and contextual texts, as well as other online resources, to underpin and expand your practice.
As part of your Photography course, you can expand your skillset with additional technical workshops including printmaking, 3D work and writing workshops. You can choose to take part in photography field trips too, and experience photographing different locations such as Venice and Prague.
You can also exhibit your work at exhibitions like Free Range in London, where industry reps will get to see your work. At the 2023 exhibition, two of our students, Mark Morgan and Erin Thorogood, were nominated 'Best in Show' by Amateur Photographer magazine. They follow in the footsteps of 2022 graduate Aliz Kovacs-Zoldi, who was selected as Student Photographer of the Year by the magazine.
While studying our BA (Hons) Photography degree, you’ll learn to adopt a professional approach to your work, covering aspects of career management such as rights issues, project management and self-promotion through social media. You can choose to take up work placements that will help you establish your own professional network, including opportunities such as working for magazines, galleries and photographers, taking part in live briefs with our partner organisations. Our students recently worked with the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA), creating a selection of images and objects to enhance the understanding of their photography collection in relation to the Covid-19 Pandemic. You can also take an optional placement year as part of your course.
Course Leader: Julia Johnson
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Molly Freeman, "A Brother's Bond"See more of our Photography students' work
Student Erin Thorogood made Amateur Photographer magazine's 'Best in Show' list at Free Range 2023See more of our award-winning students
Student Mark Morgan made Amateur Photographer magazine's 'Best in Show' list at Free Range 2023Find out more about the Amateur Photographer award nominatees
Aliz won Amateur Photography magazine's Student Photographer of the Year Award after graduating from our course. Hear her talk about her inspirations and how the course helped her develop her practice.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Aliz Kovacs-Zoldi
BA (Hons) Photography student Tabitha talks about her experiences on the course.
Aliz Kovacs-Zoldi graduated from BA (Hons) Photography in 2022, and soon after received the Student Photographer of the Year Award from Amateur Photography magazine for her final project.Aliz's story
Co-Course Leader Julia talks about her work with marginalised communities and developing a toolkit for the therapeutic use of photography.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Dr Julia Johnson
With your Photography degree at ARU, you’ll have access to all our facilities including:
Our new digital workshop includes a variety of computer aided manufacturing machines, helping you learn up to date manufacturing and design processes as well as supporting many traditional techniques. These technologies include:
Our Creative Showcase shines a spotlight on what makes ARU creative and cultural – our spaces, places and people. Find out more about our community, the difference we make, the stories we tell, and the things that inspire us.
Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.
Alternatively, take a guided tour and meet our students.
Our BA (Hons) Photography degree will help you prepare for work in the photographic, creative and media industries, or for self-employment as a photographer or artist.
You can choose to take up formal or informal work placements that will help you establish your own professional network, including opportunities such as working for magazines, galleries and photographers. Our campus employment bureau can also help you find photographic jobs that fit around your studies.
Around ARU you can also take advantage of many opportunities to use and promote your skills, such as working with staff and students to photograph their events.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
"I enjoyed working to a brief but still being creative and artistic, and the fast-paced nature of the workflow – always having something new to work on, plan, coordinate, photograph and edit each day."Tom Alfuth
BSc (Hons) Photography studentRead about Tom's work placement
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