University of Westminster

Course Introduction

Photography at Westminster has a unique tradition dating back to 1853, and the world's first photography degree was delivered at our predecessor, the Regent Street Polytechnic. Our photography teaching is delivered in one of the finest facilities in the country, by leading academics and practitioners. The Photography Centre offers six large, professionally equipped studios, industry'standard post'production facilities, a selection of medium'format digital backs, two Hasselblad Flextight drum scanners, over a hundred medium'format film cameras and much more. In addition, there are well'equipped laboratories for post'production image analysis, sensitometry, colour evaluation and colour profiling and management. Our highly experienced technical staff provide expert advice and support, and our photography courses are all based at the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design at Harrow, where you will have the chance to collaborate with artists, producers, journalists, designers and musicians. The University also offers a the 4 year part'time BA (Hons) Photography course.

Course Modules

Year 1: Modules include film, photography and other digital multi'media; course provides an overview of theoretical and critical understanding of the products and operation of the media. Years 2 and 3: Investigation of both the mass media and fine art aspects of photography; use in advertising, documentary, traditional and radical gallery practices, community projects and campaigns; use of photography and video in social and institutional contexts; impact of information technology on presentation and distribution of visual material.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level CCC-BB
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • Portfolio
  • SQA Higher BBBBB-AAAAA
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Award D
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMM
  • OCR Certificate for IT Professionals
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units) D
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units)
  • OCR Diploma for IT Professionals
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Certificate
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate

Key Course Information

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68% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 57%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 87%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 83%

£17,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

95% Go on to work and/or study

In work 80
Studying 10
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 5
Unknown 10

32% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 97%

Total Practical: 3%

£4,700 - £6,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,400 - £9,000
Typical cost of private accommodation