Full-time: 3 Years
£9,250 per year* (2020/21)
£14,045 per year (2020/21)
120* (September 2020 entry)
Markeaton Street, Derby Campus
What is Joint Honours?
A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.
You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.
Joint Honours study in photography allows you to develop a key skill set that is applicable to a wide range of career choices.
There is hardly an area of cultural production that does not harness the power of photography in one way or another. Whether it is to document, illustrate, interpret, show, tell or simply for its own sake, photographs are central to much of the professional and vernacular communication we use.
One might ask why study photography at all - surely modern cameras are capable of handling most of the situations we find ourselves in? The answer is simple, cameras only record images, it takes a thorough understanding of the process of image making to control and understand photographs in the way that a modern society demands.
The key to understanding the value of photographic education is to understand what being a photographer means. The value comes, not from having a camera or from using it but from making the decisions required to make and control the image process. One can see this in many documentaries where often photographers do not actually take the picture but make all of the decisions related to the process, how when where what light, what post production is required how the image should be presented etc.
The importance of this skillset allows you the opportunity to make things happen by developing a dialogic approach to your study where the combination of two subjects leads to a third more personal and specific skillset applicable to your own personal and professional development.
The programme is as unique as you are and will allow you to develop strategies to respond and navigate change and to promote opportunities for co-creation.
What you will study
You can study Photography as either a joint, major or minor subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.
You will study modules such as:
- Taking and Making Photographs
- Historical Inquiry
- …And Photography And…
- Past Present and Future in Context
- Vision and Knowledge
- Employability and Enterprise
- Light Matters
- The Finale
- The Frame and Beyond
- Professional Futures
Modules may change as we develop our courses to suit the needs of the industry. Please check our website for up-to-date information.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
This course involves an inspirational mix of studio workshops, group and individual tutorials, seminars and lectures, screenings and peer group critiques. Your learning will be supported by a programme of visiting photographers and trade suppliers who will share their insights into the profession. You’ll also produce a variety of live project work for various clients.
How you will be assessed
You will be assessed in a variety of ways such as practical photographic projects, written work, oral presentations, group work, work-based learning and independent study.
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||120* (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DDM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
£9,250 per year*
£14,045 per year
* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
Additional costs and optional extras
Our photography graduates pursue career paths in fashion, advertising, documentary, editorial, landscape or picture re-touching and manipulation. This programme will also prepare you for further study at postgraduate level.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.
Download programme specification
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Industry speakers, specialist equipment
- Starter packs for introductory workshops (e.g. Black and white roll of film 1 per student, 10 sheets of 10x8 resin coated paper.
- Participation in Degree Show.
- Here at Derby, we provide excellent learning resources, libraries and specialist laboratories and studios.
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Additional materials (printing, stationary, portfolio sleeves, folders, USBs/hard drives etc.) (Approx. costs - Year 1= £250, Year 2 = £300, Year 3 = £400)
- There will be occasions when you will be expected to attend exhibitions, screenings, performances and festivals. You will need to budget for these over each academic year.
- 2 study visits (1 in year 1 and 1 in year 2) approximate cost of each study visit is between £15 and £30, depending on the activity / location.
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Additional course related publications (approx. costs £100),
- Specialist software/hardware (costs up to £1500)
- Final year project costs (costs determined by student £200-£600)
- Travel for work placement opportunities (costs will vary dependant on location)
- We provide full details of all course fees, but extra costs may include field trips (approx. cost £200-£400)
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.
Photography can be combined with: