Coventry University Photography

By | 18th May 2017

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Coventry University Photography

Coventry University Photography

Photography BA (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18.
In a fast-changing 24-hour multimedia landscape where everyone with a camera phone is a photographer, our BA Photography graduates stand out for their creativity, professionalism and critical understanding of the photographic medium. Our continually evolving course is directly informed by input from professional photographers, editors and curators.


“Revolutionary”; “Inspirational”; “Photographic heroes”. These are just some of the things people are saying about Photography at Coventry University, which was ranked the number one BA (Hons) Photography course in the UK by The Guardian in 2014-2015. Why? Because every day we set out to devise and deliver new answers to our core question: “What does it mean to be a 21st century photographer?” Our students spend three years exploring that question and our graduates know the answer. If you’d like to find out, then this could be the course for you.

If you choose this course you will benefit from:

  • An internationally recognised qualification from an innovative course and exclusive membership of its alumni;
  • cutting-edge facilities integrated with industry-standard equipment;
  • dedicated and flexible creative learning environments designed for the future;
  • your own mobile technology pack, e.g. a high-end laptop with the latest industry-standard production software, enabling you to benefit from mobile working and learning with 24/7 access. For more information please visit here;
  • access to professional photography equipment via our dedicated Media Loan Shop;
  • mentored engagement with the global photographic industry;
  • expertise in and professional knowledge of working practices of the emerging sectors of new media forms such as open and social media;
  • bespoke tuition in a wide range of specialist photographic techniques;
  • practical activities based around industry- standard equipment;
  • teaching staff who are leaders in their fields and actively work as professional photographers and practitioners internationally recognised for the excellence of their work;
  • on-going dialogue with industry giants as part of our visiting speaker programmes;
  • the chance to collaborate with like-minded students on our partner courses within the School of Media and Performing Arts;
  • opportunities to apply for invaluable experience working or studying abroad.


*Terms and Conditions apply


From the outset we will develop your technical skills and teach you to understand what it is to be a professional photographer. We’ll introduce you to wider thematic questions so you’re better equipped to think as an informed image-maker. As the course progresses we invite the international photography community into our classroom, enabling you to engage directly with the industry from within our safely mentored environment.

By the final year of the degree you should have the knowledge, confidence and expertise to be publishing and exhibiting your work on international platforms, and leveraging those forces that are changing the face of the photographic world.


Your course will be based on a series of practical workshops and lectures, with associated seminars and small group skills sessions. In addition, your personal tutor, who will be a member of the photography team, will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.


Our Film Production and Photography courses are ranked no.1 by Guardian University Guide 2018


 An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • coursework, tests, essays 15%;
  • practical or project work 70%;
  • presentations, posters etc.15%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 15 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorials (or, later, individual project supervision) each week.

Medium-group teaching: 10 hours of workshops or seminars each week.

Large-group teaching: 4 hours of lectures each week.

Personal study: 20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels: BBB preferably to include one from Art, Media or Photography

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM in Media

The Access Diploma: The Access to HE Diploma, plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31 points to include Visual, Arts or Design Technology at Higher level

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview and portfolio review

Find out more about acceptable qualifications please here.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

All of our students are supported throughout the process of gaining valuable experience in the professional photographic industry. We benefit from longstanding relationships with regional, national and international media producers, galleries and museums, including the BBC, Birmingham Open Media, GRAIN, The Photographers’ Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, Photofusion, and Belfast Exposed Photography.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities’ own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.


Included in the fees:

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • A pack of photography materials in level one;
  • Black and white film processing (35mm and medium format);
  • A mobile technology pack, which enables you to benefit from mobile working and learning with 24/7 access

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip;
  • Any additional printing: £50+ per year;
  • Any optional site visits and trips;
  • Media consumable items: £150+ per year

For more details about the No Hidden Extras programme, click here for further details.

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students’ employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Click here for further details.


Our sandwich degree option allows a full-year placement, and this can be taken abroad. The University also runs a number of schemes to allow students short periods of overseas study, places include: China, USA, South America and parts of Europe.

There are opportunities to study part of your course in a range of European universities, many of who will teach in English. Further afield, Coventry University has established links with many international universities including Zhejiang University of Media and Communications (ZUMC) in China, with whom we organise student exchanges.

The University offers both practical and financial help through the Centre for Global Engagement (CGE) to enable such visits to occur.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

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What our students say – Rebecca Woodall

This course is without a doubt, the best option to choose to pursue a career in photography.The open learning elements of the course connect you with the world outside of university. Tutors teach you the essential skills and support your development to become a professional within the field of photography.


Please note that all international visit / opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the faculty for up to date information.


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152

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