Course Overview

Develop your creative potential within an inspiring, supportive community and turn your passion for photography into an exciting career.

You will learn from successful photographers and make contacts with key organisations within the industry. The course is designed to equip you with the technical, creative and critical skills needed to succeed within the area of photography that most excites you.
A range of inspiring modules will enable you to experience the diversity of photography so you can focus on either Editorial i.e. Documentary, Portrait, Advertising, Fashion, Sport or Photographic Arts i.e. Landscape, Constructed Image and Fine Art.
Industry links, Portfolio reviews, visits to Photo Festivals and eminent guest speakers are all integral to this lively programme.
Central to course philosophy is the development of individual practice, enabling you to create a unique and personal photographic ‘voice.’ 

Why choose Hereford College of Arts?

You’ll be based at a specialist Art College, based in the historic city but enjoying a unique location in the beautiful county of Herefordshire.  Our college is a vibrant creative community, 100% dedicated to Art and Media careers.

  • You will be supported by a team of experienced Lecturers and Technicians – all talented photographers in their own right – who bring rich and varied professional experience to the learning environment.
  • We teach in small groups and provide individual tutorials and tutor support throughout your studies.
  • Live projects and industry links with image agencies such as Alamy and Troika provide a professional edge to your studies.
  • Visiting lecturers include some of the most successful British photographers such as Tom Hunter, Tom Wood, Timothy Allen, Helen Sear, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Zed Nelson and Simon Roberts as well as dynamic ex-students.
  • Access excellent facilities and equipment such as 2 Photo studios, Quadpack flash, Full-frame Nikons and Phase1 studio kit. We have the latest MACs as well as darkrooms and offer traditional process workshops such as Cyanotype, Salt prints and more.
  • You will take part in exhibitions and visit photo festivals both in the UK and abroad to broaden your horizons. We have collaborative projects with USA photography courses as well as projects at community level.
  • Our fellows include world class photographers Don McCullin, Robert Wyatt and John Bulmer

“What a fabulous place to study Photography” Brian Griffin, Photographer.

Academic Studies

Through lectures and seminars you will develop an understanding of the history and art of Photography and its role in contemporary culture. You will learn about the most influential photographers since the invention of the medium and be able to use this knowledge to develop your own practice.


image by Jake Burge
Image by Jacob Burge – Winner of 2012 London Photography Festival Award



Image by Carey Gough.

Equipment, Workshops & Studios

We have a wide range of up to date equipment including full-frame digital cameras, powerful flash, Phase1 studio equipment and everything else you need to create professional images.
Working in a creative specialist art college environment you will have access to excellent resources. For instance, our craft based workshops are fantastic for traditional image making techniques such as UV screen printing, stenciling, letter press printing and fabric printing.


Image by Ben Adams.


Image by Toni Ward.

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Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Successful portfolio interview
  • 80 UCAS Points New UCAS Tariff system for 2017 (equates to 200 UCAS points previous tariff) For more details on the new tariff system please visit
  • Mature Students with related experience
  • Applicants whose first language is not English - proof of IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all sections (reading, writing, listening & speaking)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning Opportunities - The college welcomes applications from students with prior learning and/or previous experience.  Further details on eligibility can be found on page 15 of our Admissions Policy.  Alternatively, please contact us at and we can advise you on the college’s and the University Awarding body requirements


Critical Studies

Critical Studies

These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed  Click here for more details


Our graduates have a diverse range of photographic practice including: documentary, travel, wedding and events, architectural, advertising and fashion, photo retouching, fine art and curation. Many graduates have also continued to postgraduate study or developed careers in teaching and arts administration. 

What you will study:

You will be introduced to fundamental technical elements of photography through studio and location based modules which explore ideas of social documentary, landscape and portraiture. You will be taught digital imaging techniques as well as darkroom experimentation.
Further develops theoretical and practical understanding. Practical modules engage with visual narrative through still and moving image. A constructed image module further develops studio skills and understanding of image making and image meaning.
You take full direction of your practice through self-written projects where individual destination is being defined. You will develop business and legal understanding crucial to your career. You will also engage in a final degree exhibition and portfolio reviews with eminent industry experts..
Throughout the course you will also be working on live projects set by clients, enter competitions and take part in exhibitions and community projects.  These provide essential real world experience and equip you with invaluable communication and collaboration skills for future success.