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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
76% MED
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£16.5k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 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

This course has international reputation for creating graduates who go on to become highly regarded professionals in the creative industry. With access to traditional and digital photographic facilities and industry-standard equipment, you'll learn to use and adapt skills to develop your creativity, working between analogue and digital. Graduates from this course go on to work as photographers, picture editors, freelancers, stylists, studio managers, writers, picture researchers, web designers, photographers’ agents, curators, arts administrators and teachers. There are lots of reasons to choose BA (Hons) Photography at Nottingham Trent University. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of photographic techniques, practice and history. You will also focus and specialise in an area and format of your choice, whether digital or analogue, still or moving image. You can participate in competitions and gain practical work experience through collaborations with organisations, industry experts and our own photography graduates. You’ll have the opportunity to put on exhibitions around the city and develop your portfolio by working with curators, photographers and publishers. You’ll be able to take part in field trips and optional study visits to international photography festivals in Paris, Berlin, Bilbao and London. You can also apply for a place on an overseas exchange programme through the NTU Erasmus+ scheme. You’ll also have the chance to collaborate on projects with students from other courses in the NTU School of Art & Design, including Fashion, Graphic Design and Decorative Arts. You’ll take part in the development and organisation of all aspects of the final year photography festival. This is part of the NTU Degree Shows, giving you the chance to profile your work at venues across Nottingham. We have extensive facilities to support work in digital or analogue, still or moving image. This includes comprehensive Mac editing suites with industry standard software for photography and video, Leaf and Phase One Digital Backs for large/medium format, HD video cameras and digital SLRs with HD video. Bowens strobe flash equipment, 28 black and white enlargers, 10 colour enlargers, 2 developing rooms, black and white print processing machine, RA4 colour processer and 3 full size dedicated studios with backgrounds and lighting. We encourage all students to undertake short periods of work experience, normally in Years Two and Three, with the agreement and support of your tutor. These give you an opportunity to find out more about the different roles within the industry. Alongside lectures, seminars, tutorials and projects, you’ll attend a series of technical workshops to develop practical skills. These will, for example, include demonstrations in analogue and digital formats, camera use, moving image, studio work, lighting, black and white and colour printing, and preparation for exhibitions. You’ll also take on practical work experience and live projects to develop creative, experimental and critically information work. You’ll put on an exhibition and develop your portfolio by working with curators, photographers and publishers. 98% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months (DLHE 2015 -16).


Overall, there are five modules which are assessed; two in both the Year One and Year Two with one module over the whole of your Final Year. Year One: Representation and Construction in Photography - You will work on set and negotiated projects, examining narrative and sequencing, staged and constructed photographs, objectivity, the portrait, and the manipulated image • Photographic History and Critical Practice - You will learn about key facts, concepts, and themes in the history and critical theory of photography. You will cover the invention of photography, the development of ideas about social, commercial, and artistic practices of photography, and the impact of changing technologies. Year Two: Photography: Visual and Professional Practice - In Terms Two and Three you’ll have the opportunity to develop your photography and present your final work as an artist’s book, which you’ll showcase at an end-of-year book fair. Through professional practice seminars and lectures you will learn about subjects like copyright, working to commission, and costing and pricing your work. During Year Two you will also consider opportunities for work experience, and decide if you’d like to choose a specialist pathway for your final year. • Critical and cultural Practice in Photography - You will build on your practical and theoretical knowledge and experience to further explore representation in and through imagery. You will develop an understanding of critical strategy in the interpretation, analysis, and practice of photography. Final Year: Photography Degree Show and Dissertation - In Visual Practice you’ll produce a body of work for exhibition in the NTU Degree Show Photography Festival, and a research package to show your work in progress with a reflective and analytical written commentary. In Critical Practice, you’ll research and write an 8,000 to 10,000 word dissertation on a subject of your choice. If you have opted for one of the specialist pathways, your work will reflect this subject area.

Nottingham Trent University

Students on campus Nottingham Trent University

We have earned a reputation for outstanding graduate employability, excellent teaching standards, impressive student services, and a diverse but close-knit student community. Our main city site is ideally located in Nottingham's cosmopolitan centre. We can offer you excellent nightlife, a city bursting with culture, a lively students' union and reliable support throughout your studies.

How you'll spend your time

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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 83%
Student score 76% 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
8% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
77% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
376 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
61% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% 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 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £16.5k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


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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