Online BA(Hons) Degree Photography (Top Up)


Program Description

This top up course will allow you to access the rigorous teaching that the Institute of Photography at Falmouth is renowned for without having to commit to a rigid timetable of classes or attend campus.


The BA(Hons) Photography Top Up course aims to:

  • Develop specialist practical skills within, and knowledge of, photographic and lens based technologies, materials and processes, to be able to produce inventive and progressive practical outcomes.
  • Deepen your intellectual powers and understanding of philosophical, cultural and economic contexts and their relation to contemporary photographic practice and visual culture.
  • Enhance analytical skills and critical self-awareness to enable you to contextualize your practice in a range of formats and to a range of audiences.
  • Encourage discernment in the making and resolution of practical work, and an ability to develop and enhance a practical project over an extended period of time.
  • Support the development of a range of transferable skills, including communication skills, entrepreneurship and independent judgment to allow you to operate effectively and professionally in a range of employment contexts on a global scale after you’ve graduated.

Combined BA(Hons) and Masters package

Sign up to study for both your BA(Hons) and Masters Photography degrees with us and you’ll receive a guaranteed offer and place for the MA as well as a saving of £3,600 (only available to those students who receive a 2:1 or higher).

Who is this course for?

Typically, students will have completed a 2-year foundation degree or an HND level course in related fields, and are now looking to receive an internationally recognised undergraduate honours degree from a leading Photography Department.

The BA(Hons) Photography (Top Up) seeks learners who are:

  • Inquisitive, imaginative, resourceful and inventive.
  • Committed to team working and learning from peers.
  • Committed to improving the quality of one’s own, and others’, experiences.
  • Committed to making practical work that contributes to society, the economy and the environment.

The qualification will provide you with the opportunity to access a range of jobs and careers at graduate level, either complementing image-makers in the media and creative businesses, or in different industries.

Many applicants already know that they are likely to continue their studies to Masters level where they will be able to further their passion, knowledge and skills. For these students we can guarantee both an offer and a place on our sought after MA Photography, provided you are awarded a 2:1.

Course content

In the first module, you will be introduced to key themes and concepts in contemporary photography. You will be encouraged to experiment with a range of practical and creative approaches, and produce a small independent project to be assessed at the end of the module.

In the second module you will learn about the range of professional contexts for contemporary photography. Alongside this, you will draw upon practical work produced during the first module, and develop an independent practical project that is both critically informed and aligned with relevant professional context(s).

In the final module, you will either further extend the practical project you began in the previous module, or work on a single, new body of work. By the end of the module you will have produced an extensive photographic project, ideally of a publishable standard.

Core Modules

  • Contemporary Approaches in Practice
  • Professional Contexts and Development
  • Major Project


All practical and written work is submitted and assessed online. The ratio of practice-to-theory is approximately 60% practical, 40% theory.

  • Module 1: portfolio of practical work and a reflective ‘Critical Journal’.
  • Module 2: portfolio of practical work; and a report that critically discusses your photography in relation to relevant professional contexts.
  • Module 3: final project portfolio, Critical Research Journal and a Critical Review of Practice that will provide an in-depth analysis of your project.

How you study

You may choose to:

  1. Study entirely online.
  2. Study online and attend optional face-to-face events

You will be given the opportunity to attend two face-to-face events during the year. The dates and location of these events will vary each year.

The aim is to complement your online learning, meet your peers and academic staff and explore topics related to your course. They may coincide with the face-to-face events held for the MA Photography students. Attendance is strongly encouraged but not compulsory.

Entry Requirements

You should have:

  • 240 HE credits in a related subject for example, from the first 2 years of a degree, a completed Foundation Degree or HND.
  • Proof of proficiency in English (minimum overall score of IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening or TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) with a minimum of 88 overall and at least 21 in all 4 components).
  • All applications are considered on an individual basis, and may or may not include an interview.

If you graduate with a 2:1 or higher from the Photography BA you will be guaranteed an offer and a place, alongside a saving of £3,600, for our Photography MA.

We also accept a range of equivalent recognised English language qualifications. Candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply.

How to apply

  • Submit an online application form.
  • Submit copies of qualifications, certificates and transcripts.
  • Submit a digital portfolio of practice that demonstrates the quality of your photographic practice, and your creative potential. This may include published work, personal projects, or work made on a recent course.

Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

Established in 1902, we’ve previously been the Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth College of Art and Design and the University College Falmouth.

Established in 1902, we’ve previously been the Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth College of Art and Design and the University College Falmouth. Read less