Taught course

Freelance Photography

Birmingham City University · Birmingham School of Media

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess at least an upper second class first degree (or equivalent) in photography or have considerable experience in this field and be able to demonstrate evidence of ability appropriate to the course. Good spoken and written English are vital. IELTS level 6.5 is a minimum. Applicants must have proven experience in photography, an inquiring mind and a self-motivated creative vision.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is developed with leading industry professionals, producing graduates with the technical knowledge and entrepreneurial skills that the diverse, challenging photographic industry needs. Students will explore areas of professional practice, including the use of DSLRs and high-end medium format cameras, creative lighting strategies in both the studio and on location, and ways to conceptualise and direct a shoot. Students will also look at post-processing and retouching.

It will give you the opportunity to analyse and further develop your photographic and professional experience, and you’ll also explore the specialist skills and competences relevant to particular markets and client needs.

You’ll study current and emerging photography technologies, working practices and stylistic approaches, develop your technical and aesthetic mastery in photographic production and examine how creative media enterprises operate.

Information for international students

For more details please contact our International office www.bcu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Media Admissions
+44 (0)121 331 5595