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BA Photography overview

Advertising, editorial and fashion photography are rapidly changing with the shift to digital technology.

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BA (Hons) Photography is a Creative Skillset accredited and Association of Photographers recognised course, which maintains an intrinsic relevance to the changing world of commercial photography.

You will create images with passion and individuality while acquiring an understanding of markets, the needs of a client and the importance of communicating with an audience. Projects provide opportunities to work on location and in the studio, developing high levels of competence using industry standard cameras, lenses, lighting equipment and editing software in the digital darkrooms. Tutorials, group critiques and lectures provide an understanding of visual communication and explore the evolution of digital technologies, copyright law and client expectations.

The range of briefs include projects set by distinguished guests who specialise in diverse areas of commercial practice, such as NUA Visiting Professor and music photographer Andy Earl (Madonna, Prince, Johnny Cash), Tim Flach (Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Gold) and Lydia Goldblatt (Magenta Flash Forward Award). As you progress you will explore a range of career opportunities within the photographic industries and graduate with a portfolio of work which will stand out from the crowd.

Supporting documentation

Beyond the Frame Photography competition at NUA

NUA Photography competition

Judges are beginning the task of shortlisting photographs for NUA’s inaugural Beyond the Frame exhibition after receiving more than 170 competition entries. The competition invited students in secondary schools or colleges to submit their work on the theme of “Environment” – whether conservation and wildlife, life and where they live, or fashion and culture.

The judges panel Tim Flach, Denisa Ilie, James Smith and Carol Sharp – have been impressed by the quality of the entries and are now shortlisting photographs for an exhibition at the university in April.

They will also choose an overall winning entry – with the winning photographer taking home a DSLR photography kit from Canon, and four Judges’ Choice Awards receiving a signed copy of Tim Flach’s latest book, Endangered.

Portrait of Norwich University of the Arts student Jordan Hudson


“Norwich is a beautiful fusion of modern and historic buildings; there’s an endless list of cafes and restaurants, modern shopping complexes and a river running through the heart.”

Jordan Hudson, Manchester
BA (Hons) Photography. Check out Jordan’s photo series on coffee and cafe culture in Norwich →

Industry accreditation

Creative Skillset logo

Creative Skillset‘s course accreditation scheme, devised in consultation with industry and education providers, recognises courses within the UK that provide exceptional standards of training.


“NUA was extremely influential on my career. Being surrounded by like-minded people with similar interests in the arts was an inspiration.”

Consider your career progression as a NUA graduate and read about the experiences of graduates such as travel photographer Philip Lee Harvey.

Leoni Lessmann student portrait photo for BA Photography at NUA


“When I first started at NUA my work was mainly portraiture but the course has enabled me to develop my skills in still life photography. It really pushed me into finding my own photographic focus and style.”

Leoni Lessmann
BA (Hons) Photography

View Leoni’s work →

Course content

  • Visiting Lecturers include
  • Andy Earl
    Music Photographer and NUA Visiting Professor
  • Fiona Yaron-Field
    Co-founder and co-editor of ‘Uncertain States’
  • Robert Wilson
    Internationally renowned commercial photographer

Find out about how the course combines practical making and professional skills in Years 1, 2 and 3 and more about the programme of Visiting Lecturers.

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Campus Resources

See the industry-standard facilities available to students.


Teaching Staff

Read about the achievements of the practitioners who teach on this course.

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