BA (Hons) Photography

Study a BA Hons Photography Degree with the OCA.

Studying a photography degree with the OCA

With our open learning approach, the OCA’s photography degree courses  provide a real alternative to traditional campus based learning. Our inspiring course materials enable you to work at your own pace, in your own time, and wherever you choose to study. We have a thriving community of students all following their passion and achieving at the highest levels, supported by tutors who are experienced teachers and practising photographers. As you work towards your degree, your work will be assessed against a set of criteria by our accrediting university the UCA, one of Europe’s largest specialist universities for art, design, architecture, media and communication. This enables you to gain HE credits towards your degree and is based on an examination of your course portfolio rather than a formal exam. Click here to find out more about studying with the OCA or continue reading to find out more about the BA (Hons) Photography Degree and fill in the form at the bottom of this page to register your interest.

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All of our degrees are accredited by the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist universities.

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OCA’s courses are independently reviewed. Read the report here: OCA’s QAA Review.

The aims of OCA’s photography degree are to:

  • Widen access to education in photography at undergraduate level through Open and Flexible Learning.
  • Provide an intellectually stimulating programme of study based on high quality study material delivered by experienced photographers.
  • Develop your creative capacities and your ability in the interpretation and application of imagery.
  • Develop your critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual issues central to the practice of photography and the social, historical and cultural context in which it is practiced.
  • Provide an environment in which you have the possibility of changing your view of the world and your interaction with it both visually and intellectually.
  • Foster high-level ethical and professional standards and an awareness of the possibilities offered by existing and new developments in photography to expand your application areas.

On successful completion of the degree:

  • You will have gained a broad knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of photography and knowledge of emerging aspects of the discipline and those at the forefront of debate.
  • You will have gained the ability to communicate information and justify your work, and be a resourceful and independent learner.
  • You will have a breadth of creativity and inventiveness, as well as a range of photographic techniques.
  • You will be able to articulate and comment upon underpinning photographic theory and concepts through writing and speech.

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Career choices

The creative sector employs 1.5 million people in the UK alone. By studying with the OCA, you can kick-start your career in the creative industries by working part-time or doing an internship and gain academic qualifications at the same time. The OCA’s photography degree will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the professional context and the professional standards required. You will have gained an understanding of the needs of the various market segments, and will be prepared for seeking, continuing or changing employment or self-employment relating to the specialism of your choice. Photographers and digital artists typically work, often freelance, in publishing, journalism, public relations, advertising, design studios, teaching, media and broadcasting. Fill in the form below to begin the process of applying for the OCA’s Photography degree.

Degree Programme Enquiry Form

Please fill in this form to begin the process of enrolling on one of OCA’s undergraduate BA (Hons) degree programmes. You are not committing to anything by filling in this form, and a member of the Head Office team will be in touch shortly to further discuss your application.

Download the BA (Hons) Photography Degree Handbook

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Free online photography course

This course is a taster for anyone thinking about taking a degree in Photography.

Click on the image below to sign up to this free photography course.

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