Thinking of applying? We still have places available for September and are following all safety guidelines, as well as ensuring you have safe networking, face to face support and events to join!
Photography is needed today as much as any other time in the history of the medium. Everyone has a camera but not everyone is capable of making a brand, product, individual or landscape come alive with stunning images. This BA (Hons) Photography programme integrates creativity with practical skills – designed to prepare you for employment in the creative imaging industry. Our course has been developed in consultation with professional practitioners, trade bodies, online-content producers and industry partners. On this award-winning photography course, we provide you with an environment where you will find your professional and practice path into a career in the creative industries. Find out more about our outstanding alumni on this page, as well as our range of students awards. We provide you with an opportunity for to exhibit, shoot, experiment, explore and work with high-profile practising professionals and visiting speakers to find your place in this exciting industry.
The programme encourages you to establish a balance between your creative vision and the technical processes required to produce work for a number of photographic outputs and formats. Throughout the course, you will be able to access to Canon, Sony, Hasselblad and Phase One camera systems plus a range of industry- standard photographic equipment. You will also use a fully equipped professional studio, which is designed to prepare you for the industry.

This photography degree is based in superb facilities and taught by staff who work in the industry, so you can be assured of an exceptional learning experience. The focus is on providing you with the technical and creative skills you will need to become a successful practitioner in this industry. This means fulfilling client briefs on time and within budget, while producing stunning high-quality images - or documenting the world around you through your vision.

Our graduates have gone on to undertake post-graduate training and/or work in a wide range of careers including: fashion, television and media, wedding photography, car advertising, sport/extreme sport, social portraiture, photo retouching, music publishing, E-commerce and education. All students are offered bespoke training to a professional standard in Capture 1, Adobe Lightroom and the Adobe Creative Suite.

EIZO Student Awards 2018 & 2019 - finalist
Association of Photography (AOP) Student Awards 2018 & 2019 - shortlist
Association of Photography (AOP) Course of the Year 2017
SONY World Photography Awards 2016 - final shortlist*
Association of Photography (AOP) Course of the Year 2017*
*The current degree is a successor to the 2016/2017 award-winning programme.





Student Voice

Watch now to find out more about what it's like to study photography here at The Northern School of Art!


on BA (Hons) Photographic Practice

First Year (Level 4):
In Year One you will learn about workflow for both digital and darkroom applications – we will provide film, paper and the associated chemistry to help you do this. This is supported by a programme of technical workshops and academic seminars. You will study the history of photography and produce a group exhibition of framed works to a professional standard upon completion of your first year.
Second Year (Level Five):
In year two you will make a short film and produce a photographic publication around the theme of a chosen subject area. This is again supported by critical investigation of how to read photographs and understand the importance of images and the various uses and applications in the world today.
Third Year (Level Six):
In your final year you will work towards creating a professional portfolio a written dissertation and exhibition for your degree show as you start to consider your independent practice and prepare for employment and/or further study.


You will work within a purpose-built environment with industry-approved digital equipment, software, techniques and facilities. A varied and intensive introduction allows you the opportunity to become technically competent and creatively aware with a broad range of relevant skills. As you progress, you’ll be encouraged to develop your work; your understanding and acquisition of transferable skills and develop your portfolio in your chosen specialist direction. Regular visits locally, nationally and abroad supplement your studies. Previous study visits include London, Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin.


Senior Lecturer Jamie is programme Leader for BA Photography. He oversees and manages both the Commercial and Photographic Practice (with Moving Image) degrees. He also leads on several modules across the department that relate to his research profile documentary filmmaking and photographic research. He is currently an active member of The Northern School of Art Research and Scholarly Activity Group.


Lecturer Jill lectures on both the BA (Hons) Photographic Practice (with Moving Image) and the BA (Hons) Commercial Photography programmes. She leads the Research and Investigation module at L4, the Professional Inquiry module at L5 and the Professional Practice module at Level 6, all of which have a focus on developing students’ professional practice in a photographic context. She is responsible for building and maintaining external links and organises events and a visiting lecture programme that provides a platform for students to engage with the wider photographic industry. She understands the challenges faced by emerging practicing photographers and the opportunities that exist for them after graduation. As a practicing documentary photographer Jill also leads the Photographic Medium and Message module at L4. She is a member of The Northern School of Art Academic Board.
Technician Demonstrator Hollie provides technical support and workshops to students at all levels, as well as providing workshops for other programmes that require photographic guidance. Hollie was selected from a pool of photographers to shoot a campaign for New Balance in the Marble Quarries of Carrara, Italy. This campaign was advertised worldwide and the images were displayed in a wide range of formats. She has also recently been to Bangladesh on a social documentary project, following a filmmaker as he produced a short film about the ready-made garments industry in the developing world.


In recent years, we have seen the following go on to work in a range of exciting and challenging vocations:

Peter Caton
Editorial travel photographer; Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal
Boo George
Fashion editorial photographer; London, Milan, New York, San Francisco
Dan Holdsworth
Artist / photographer; Australia, America, Iceland, Sweden, Switzerland
Laurie Fletcher
Editorial photographer; London
Jason Hynes
Photographer, Editing + installation work; UK and USA


The Northern School of Art: Degree Show 2021

Jun 08 2021
Tickets are now available for The Northern School of Art‘s Graduate Degree Show 2021 at the Hartlepool campus. ...

Discover more about our unique creative degrees in person!

May 12 2021
An open day offering the opportunity for in-person visits to The Northern School of Art‘s university level camp...

High profile photography professionals feature in lecture series for students

May 10 2021
A number of leading photography professionals and practising alumni took part in a recent ten week lecture series org...