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Photography and Video BA (Hons)

Photography and Video BA (Hons)

Photography and Video BA (Hons) offers a unique programme of still and moving image with sound, which meets the changing employment demands of both the creative industries and professional arts practice.


Reasons to study Photography and Video BA (Hons) at DMU:

  • Challenging, practice-led, creative course
    with purpose-built digital labs, well-equipped studios and darkrooms.
  • Extensive professional experience
    with staff that have expertise in both photographic and moving image practices
  • Live client briefs
    working for organisations such as the National Space Centre, and the Fostering and Adoption Agency.
  • Work experience opportunities 
    with external clients such as Dance 4 and Soft Touch Arts and enter national and international competitions.
  • Exciting career possibilities
    with our graduates employed in industry sectors such as journalism, freelancing, teaching, curatorial work, e-commerce and with companies like Sky, Lacoste, Paul Smith, Trigger Global and Vogue.
  • International opportunity
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

The first year includes modules in Photography, Moving Image, Contextual Studies and Digital Media. Visits to exhibitions and study trips in the UK and abroad allow you to develop your knowledge and passion for your subject.

Work experience is embedded in the second year with a live external client brief. You will begin to develop a specialist area of study through creative practice-based projects, and develop your technical skills in a series of craft workshops, all supported by academic research.  

There will be the opportunity to meet guest lecturers from the creative industries and arts which will bring the commercial and artistic practice to life.

In the third year create your own unique portfolio of work; show off your creative vision and talent. Develop your professional skills base and take the initiative to get involved in external exhibition.



At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

More courses like this:

Fine Art BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W640

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding 2016/17: £11,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 112 points from at least 2 A ‘levels and including grade C in Art and Design or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM in an Art and Design related subject or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points including Art and Design

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with at least 15 level 3 credits in Art and Design at grade Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Interview and Portfolio

UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an open day and interview. Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. Please see our Photography and Video BA (Hons) portfolio advice for full details.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Constructing the Moving Image
  • Photography and Camera Vision
  • Concepts of Digital Media
  • Lens-Based Studies

Second year

  • Still and Moving Image: Research and Practice
  • Professional Studies
  • Lens-Based Choice

Third year

  • Experimental and Analytical Production with a Major Project
  • Creative Professional Practice
  • Crtitical Research


Throughout the course you are supported by an experienced and friendly staff team. Feedback on progress is given in tutorials and peer presentations. Assessment is by coursework, projects and presentations. 

Our staff are all practising photographers, researchers and video practitioners, with a wealth of experience in the industry. Guest lecturers from a variety of lens-based backgrounds give you an insight into the realities of commercial and artistic professional practice.  

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 14 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 25 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Facilities and features

Photography and video facilities

Purpose-built facilities including digital video editing suites, video and stills studios, digital imaging labs, HD digital recording facilities and large format digital printing which allows you to print to exhibition standard. These digital facilities are complemented by darkrooms where you can learn about historical, chemistry-based processes.

The Photography and Video facilities are supported by a dedicated team of skilled technical and academic staff.

An art materials shop is conveniently located on campus where you can buy a wide variety of art materials to help you with your studies and an A/V loans centre provides a huge range of professional still and video equipment to use free of charge.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.


Opportunities and careers



Work placements and external client briefs are offered as part of this course and they are some of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job. They can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.

We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your and you interests and aspirations. 



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Each year there are exciting international photography and video study trips to apply for. For example students have recently had the opportunity to visit Paris and New York.  In years two and three students have had the opportunity to pitch for the Photographing DMU Global project to win an international work opportunity. 


Graduate careers

Our graduates go on to pursue a wide variety of exciting careers as freelance still and moving image creatives, roles in independent production, teaching, curatorial work, multimedia industries, publishing, advertising, journalism, picture research, and arts practice and administration.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Paul Smith, Nike, Universal Pictures, Sky, Trigger Global, Lacoste, John Lewis Partnership, the BBC, Mail Online, Apple, Rolling Stone, The Independent, i-D Magazine, and Vogue

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