I have truly enjoyed my time on the photography course, the support, advice and guidance from the lecturers was on another level, and they really helped me to have a much better understanding of the industry.



Develop your creative voice by learning how to take inspiring photographs.

You’ll work alongside our staff, experienced professional photographers, from day one, in industry-standard darkrooms and studios. 

You’ll learn about digital and analogue photographic production. The course also embeds excellent project management skills. There are regular exhibition and gallery-based sessions, including the opportunity to exhibit your own work.

Why Study Photography?

Our course will open your eyes to different aspects of photography and help you view it from a fresh perspective. From developing practical photographic skills to exploring visual research, this specialist course will enable you to understand and appreciate photography as a means of communication and creative expression.

The Guardian University League Tables 2022

Top ten in the UK for student satisfaction for the quality of feedback and assessment in the subject area of Film Production and Photography.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

Applicants have the opportunity to demonstrate a genuine interest in photography through the submission of a portfolio of relevant practical work.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

More information about entry requirements.

UCAS Points

All about the course

In Year 1, you'll be introduced to the creative practice of photography and to the critical approaches to studying photography, introducing imaging skills and techniques.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

The Guardian University League Tables 2021

  • Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction for the quality of teaching on the course in the subject area of Film Production and Photography

You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

Practical workshops will teach you the skills and technical knowledge you'll need to produce your coursework. Lectures will give you a firm grounding in the theoretical aspects of photography and will help you to develop your critical understanding of photographic practices. Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and enable you to express your ideas, observations and experiences in a supportive academic environment. In addition to these three learning approaches, you'll present your work regularly during critiques, where academic staff and your peers will help you to develop your work and improve the quality of the course work you produce.

You'll also meet with your academic personal tutor to get personal support on your academic journey.

During all the practical workshops, you'll be introduced to specialist facilities and after this initial introduction you'll have access to these throughout your course.

You'll typically have around 12 contact hours per week, but your actual contact hours depend on the optional modules you select.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you'll continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops and seminars. During this time you will have access to the specialist facilities (Photographic darkrooms and Studios), to help you develop and improve your practical skills.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

For the Dissertation in Year 3, you'll undertake independent research. You'll work under the supervision of a member of the course team, who you'll meet with regularly.

Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours per week. You'll  undertake 18 hours per week of independent learning and assessment activity. In addition, there will be field trips.

For each 20 credit module your study time is about 10 hours a week.

The team consists of highly qualified academics, who have interests and experience in diverse areas of photography.

All of the teaching team hold teaching qualifications and are research active, sharing a range of expertise and experience. They all have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. For more information see the individual staff profiles.



Rob Ball – Photograph of the Month, The National Portrait Gallery


Zoe Jackson – AOP Student Award

Mick Buston – Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed The Photographers’ Gallery

Matthew Lloyd - AOP Student Award

Natasha Hemsley – Grand prix de la decouverte: International Fine-art photography award, Paris

Shaun Vincent – Shortlisted for the Renaissance Photography Prize

The Photography team will support you in your development as a photographer while inspiring you to produce images that stand out.

Sam ValeProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

The course provides you with opportunities to develop your work and receive ongoing feedback before you submit your coursework which will count towards your final mark. Each module contains a number of feedback sessions (either through critique or tutorial) to give you formative feedback on the work that you produce. During this phase, work will not be assessed formally as this is part of developmental process and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, portfolios, critical research journals, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

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Your future career

The course is designed to prepare you for work within the creative visual industries. As a successful student, you will have gained a full range of creative, theoretical, social, technological and administrative skills and resources appropriate for employment within the creative and cultural industries. Emphasis is placed on preparation for work - readiness throughout the programme including modules in exhibition curation and professional practice. Graduate students may progress to professional employment in photography and the creative industries, further study or more broadly into a variety of settings where innovation, confidence, discipline and flair are important.

On the Photography course at Canterbury Christ Church University the working relationship between student and tutor is much better than I have experienced in education before.

LaurenPhotography student


The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK** Overseas***
Full-time £9,250 £14,500

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

**Home (UK) Fees

The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

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