Edinburgh Napier University Photography

Edinburgh Napier University Photography

Gain theoretical, practical and creative photographic skills on our industry-facing courses, taking advantage of our state-of-the-art studios, darkrooms and equipment.

BA (Hons)Photography

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Start your journey as a contemporary, creative and intelligent photographer and gain experience in a vast range of photographic practices.

Course introduction

This course is industry facing and provides the professional, technical, contextual and creative skills necessary for a career as a photographer.

You’re encouraged to think critically and creatively, developing your skills so that you that you are able to convey your ideas through your practice.

As you progress you will increasingly define your own area of study. By identifying and working to your strengths, you’ll develop an individual creative practice so that by graduation you’ll be capable of a high standard of creative output.

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What you’ll learn

Edinburgh Napier is extremely well resourced and we teach to a high technical standard. This is a means to an end in facilitating the translation of ideas through the art and craft of photography.

The course has recently moved to a newly-built specialist photography facility, which includes six fully-equipped photography studios, a black and white darkroom, high-end professional digital scanners and printers, portable photography lighting and a large range of cameras and camera equipment.

Recent graduates and students have been selected for commissions for the National Galleries of Scotland, 2014; Graduate Artists in Residence at Stills: Centre for Photography, Edinburgh, 2014; the Residency Workshops: Creativity and Photography at Fotofestiwal Lodz 2012; an Internship in the Curatorial Department of Asheville Art Museum, North Carolina, USA; the Documentary Photography Residency at the British School at Rome.

What you study

Year 1

  • Key technical concepts of photography
  • Creative techniques of photography
  • Research and communication skills
  • Introduction to the histories of photography

Year 2

  • Studio and environmental portraiture
  • Still life
  • Constructed photography
  • Editorial
  • Landscape
  • Histories and theories of photography

Year 3

  • Individually tailored photography projects to specific briefs
  • Advanced methodologies relevant to photography
  • Exhibiting, presenting, printing and digital distribution
  • Critical and analytical skills required to support research
  • International exchange opportunities

Year 4

You’ll research, develop and produce a body of photographic work, portfolios of research, including a dissertation and engage with core professional development skills required for your career.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

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You’ll be prepared for a position in the highly competitive media and creative industries in Scotland and around the world.

Students from the course are established in many areas of the industry and internationally.

Graduates enter the fields of freelance photography including advertising, architectural, commercial, editorial, fashion photojournalism, social photography. You could engage with public relations, act as a picture editor, work as a curator or give back through the widening areas of visual education.

Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,000
Overseas £13,740 £13,900

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