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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Cinematics & photography
Student score
70% MED
% employed or in further study
98% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£18k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

At least one A Level in a relevant creative subject

Scottish Highers

This must include at least one Scottish Higher in a relevant creative subject. We also accept Scottish Advanced Higher's.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

This must be in a relevant creative subject.

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate English Language B or English Language and Literature A at Higher Level grade 4 or Standard Level grade 5 is acceptable to meet English language requirements.

UCAS tariff points

This must include at least one Level 3 qualification in a relevant creative subject.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 105 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The course is visually led and encourages experimentation and risk-taking and allows you to engage with photography in a variety of contexts, responding to the expansive nature of contemporary photographic practice. You will mix theory and research with practical work to get a rounded view of photography and its place in culture. Some of the world’s leading photographers such as Nick Knight and Wolfgang Tillmans started their careers on this leading photographic course. Their influence on contemporary culture is one of the things you’ll study on this fascinating and creative course. We believe it’s vital you learn to express your individual creativity to achieve your personal ambitions. We encourage you to be open-minded about the possibilities of the expanding field of photography. The course responds to contemporary photography in a creative and experimental way, embracing and integrating a range of technologies from early 19th century analogue to high end digital still and moving image. You are asked to freely explore your individual ideas and impulses within a structured, well-resourced and supportive environment that values a strong visual investigation supported by a contextual awareness of the medium and how it relates to and assimilates into other disciplines. The expansive nature of the course allows you to experience photography in a wide cultural context gaining a comprehensive knowledge of the mediums positions and audiences. This is especially important in helping you to choose a vocational pathway as you define your practice and prepare for employment. The course values the mediums history and recognises the importance of its influence on contemporary practice. It does not impose a house style but encourages you to be spirited and believe in your own modus operandi. The current diversity of photography is both exciting and challenging and the courses commitment to tutorial led learning and teaching ensures that you are well supported and encouraged in your studies. The course ultimately aims to produce well-educated and creative individuals with the knowledge and skills to engage in and navigate the creative industries in a confident and interesting way. As you develop through the course, you will choose from a broad range of vocational pathways and acquire the skills and documentation needed. Our graduates have progressed to careers in many areas of photography and the creative industries, both in the UK and abroad.


Arts University Bournemouth


The Arts University Bournemouth is one of the most successful and popular higher education specialists in the UK, with an excellent national and international reputation; it is committed to providing the highest quality, industry-relevant creative degrees. It currently offers more than 20 degrees in art, design, media and performance.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 69%
Student score 70% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
19% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
59% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
386 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
66% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £18k HIGH
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are design occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
A few years ago graduates from this subject were having a very hard time but things have improved a lot thanks to our active media, film and photographic industries - much the most common employers for this group. The most common jobs are in the arts — as photographers, audio-visual technicians, operators and designers, as directors, as artists and as graphic designers. Training in presenting sound and graphics is useful in other industries as well, so you can find graduates in journalism, in advertising, in business management, in events management and in web design and IT. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once.
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