Photography Undergraduate Courses

With a long and proud history of photography degrees at Derby, we’ll help you create your own identity as a photographer by taking risks, challenging conventions and breaking moulds.

At Derby you’ll learn from experienced professional photographers, using the latest industry-standard studio, darkroom and digital facilities.

The School of Arts is a place where talent thrives and ambitions are realised. Our impressive facilities range from our producing and learning theatre, photography lab and purpose-built studios. 

You’ll join a creative community that is supportive in helping students shape their individual identities and styles. Our courses focus on graduate employability, helping you to establish yourself as an artist; this may be through work placements, real world projects and the chance to showcase your work at events, including the end of year Degree Show. 

Courses are led by experienced practitioners, many are artists and designers with key industry contacts. Their fresh and dynamic approach to teaching will encourage you to learn through risk-taking and experimentation to develop your portfolio. You’ll learn skills that can be applied to a range of fields from design to writing, performance to education and curating to publishing. These links mean that you’ll have the opportunity to work with external clients on real briefs, so you’ll graduate with a comprehensive portfolio of work to help launch your career.

Top20for Film Production and Photography**The Guardian University Guide 2021
100%overall satisfaction - BA (Hons) Photography**National Student Survey, 2020
100%overall satisfaction - BA (Hons) Photography (Professional and Applied)**National Student Survey, 2020

Photography courses

You’ll develop imaginative approaches to image making which will set you apart within the creative, media and arts industries. You’ll hone your skills in an excellent learning environment featuring extensive photographic studies, black and white and colour darkroom, film processing facilities, dedicated digital suites, and Mac suites offering industry-standard software.

"It was the reputation of the photography lecturers that inspired me!"

"I was always advised by my parents to follow my passion and to find my purpose. So when I visited the University of Derby for an Open Day, it was the reputation of the photography lecturers and the feel of the city that inspired me to uproot from Lincolnshire and begin my life in Derby.”

Dawn is a Photography graduate who went on to launch marketing agency Katapult Ltd, which now employs several other University of Derby graduates and works on a variety of projects across the University.

Career opportunities

  • commercial, advertising and editorial photography
  • picture researcher
  • freelance photographer
  • photo-journalism
  • fashion photographer
  • film stills photographer

You could also go on to study our MA Film and Photography postgraduate course. 

Professional accreditations and affiliations

The BA (Hons) Photography programme is accredited by FORMAT Festival. It is also affiliated with The British Institute of Professional Photography and The Association of Photographers

Studying Photography at Derby:

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Our students prepare to become professional creative practitioners with access to a wide range of industry-standard equipment and facilities.

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Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the courses with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

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Campus Tours are a great way for you to explore our campuses, facilities and halls of residence to get a feel for what it is really like to be a student at the University of Derby.

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