I thoroughly enjoyed the teaching and experience on the photography course. It helped me develop my own thinking, practice and professionalism.


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A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

Our staff, all experienced professionals, will teach you how to produce photographs that really stand out. Surrounded by other creative students in our new Daphne Oram building you’ll enjoy working in industry-standard darkrooms and studios.

You’ll learn about analogue and digital techniques. The course also embeds excellent project management skills. Each year you’ll have the chance to produce and organise exhibitions or publications.

Why study Photography with Foundation Year?

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.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of Arts and Humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme:

  • Year 0 provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • Year 0 offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year may give you a way of accessing higher education.

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

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

Practical workshops will teach you the skills and technical knowledge you will 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 will 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.

Finally, you will meet with your academic personal tutor to get personal support on your academic journey.

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

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

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

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will 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 will undertake independent research. You'll work under the supervision of a member of the course team and will meet with your supervisor regularly.

Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours per week. You will 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 is dedicated to helping you realise your creative individuality, enabling you to produce images that stand out.

Sam ValePhotography Program 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.

100% coursework

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 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

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

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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