"I’ve seen students get published ... and exhibited at places like the National Portrait Gallery – it sets the bar high, inspires, and gives you something to aim for." Asef Ali Mohammad, BA Photography
If you are curious about the world and about people, BA Photography will enable you to explore photography as a communicator of visual ideas and information, developing the skills and knowledge essential for a career in the creative industry.
Our students are given the tools, opportunities and inspiration to explore the world we live in now, investigating the communication of ideas, opinion, comment, reportage, analysis and meaning through the medium of photography in a commercial context. We focus on editorial photography, photojournalism, portraiture and studio and fashion photography for magazines, newspapers, books, exhibitions and new media.
Many Middlesex photography graduates have received industry recognition for their work. In recent years this has included several D&AD New Blood Gold Medal Winners, six finalists for the National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (including the 2015 John Kobal New Work Award), winners in all three '5 Under 30' competitions run by the Daniel Blau Gallery and a national advertising commission from one of the world's leading advertising agencies, John Walter Thompson.
At Middlesex we have some of the best facilities and staff in the country to help you realise your creative vision, and we will always encourage you to develop your own personal style, to think creatively and to enjoy yourself. You can see the range and depth of our students work on the student work tab.
Middlesex is the best university in London for film production and photography (Guardian League Table, 2018)
BA Photography at Middlesex has an excellent reputation, having been placed fifth in the UK in the Guardian's 2015 league table.
This course has an outstanding student satisfaction rate of 97% (NSS, 2016)
This degree encourages you to use your imagination and experiment at the same time as developing your skills. Throughout the course you will undertake a range of projects covering studio photography, portraiture, lighting and art direction, location shoots, landscape photography, sports and events, still life photography, fashion photography, architectural photography, urban landscape, reportage and photojournalism. With every project you are required to give a critical perspective of your own work.
Your first year explores photography through eight different projects that will give you the opportunity to investigate different approaches including black and white photography, digital imaging and hand colour printing. In your second year you will work on themed projects where you will be able to develop your own style and hone your skills. For example, photographing an area of London that is new to you or photographing different types of people. By your final year of study, you will be prepared to build your own professional portfolio informed by a research project related to your studio practice.
There are regular visits from high-profile guest speakers from diverse professional backgrounds, such as Professor Phil Cleaver, Simon Roberts, Dewi Lewis, John Blakemore, Tom Hunter, Professor Jem Southam and Julian Calder.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.
To encourage students to question how practitioners from Visual Communication Design the Communication Arts, here understood as Photography, Illustration and Graphic Design, both shape, and are shaped by, our material world. To extend and deepen student s understanding of the relationship between their developing practice and the practices that have developed at other times and at other places. With particular reference to the Communication Arts of the modern and postmodern periods, and using resources available in London, we aim to encourage an appreciation of how the design and consumption of Visual Culture is intimately bound up with cultural change. To enable students to place the history of communication arts and their own practice within the broader contexts of the histories of art and design, and to understand these in turn in their relation to the histories of society, culture and ideas. To enable students to apply a range of critical approaches in order understand a range of images, texts and objects.
You'll learn through practical classes and demonstrations by lecturers and technical staff, as well as lectures, seminars, tutorials and talks by guest speakers. You'll work on practical assignments, submit critical essays and give presentations, and supplement all this with your own research. In your final year, you will work on your own research project. The course also aims to improve your numeracy and written and verbal communication skills.
Our facilities include a digital darkroom with 56 workstations, a black and white darkroom, photographic studios and location lighting kits.
Assessment is entirely through coursework, including projects, your portfolio of work, practical assignments, reports and other written assignments, presentations, and your participation in demonstrations. Some assessed work will be done in groups. As well as your tutors, you'll receive feedback from other students, and will also be asked to evaluate your own work.
We will consider all applications on their individual merit; successful applicants should demonstrate suitability, dedication and fitness for their chosen programme of study. All candidates are asked to submit evidence of previous production and creative practice, normally presented as a portfolio. As far as possible, students are invited to attend for interview and will be offered the opportunity to view the School and meet appropriate staff and students. Where prior qualifications are not available; applicants with appropriate experience will be assessed on the evidence of their commitment and the quality of their portfolio.
We accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and a combination of qualifications. Please refer to the table below for our typical offers for this course.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at Level 3 , of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation Year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information, please see our Foundation Year in Visual Arts page. You may also be interested in our Intensive Foundation in Art and Design, successful completion of which will guarantee a place on a nominated degree. This is a twelve week course, running from June to September, to prepare you for degree-level study. For more information, please see our iFAD page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
The application is just the first step in our selection process, we also invite you to an interview and review your portfolio of art and design work.
We've put together a short video to help you prepare your portfolio.
The interview itself usually lasts about 15 minutes, but please allow an hour as this usually includes a tour of our facilities. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and for you to learn more about us. The interview will explore why you want to study the subject with us, there will be no trick questions, so don't be too nervous.
We strongly advise all prospective applicants to attend an Open Day. You will be able to talk to staff and students, listen to talks on the subject areas that interest you, ask questions, go on a workshop tour and get a good feel for the campus and its facilities.
This degree will prepare you for a successful career in the creative industry. By the end of the course you will have created a professional portfolio essential for entry into studio, portraiture, fashion, architectural, reportage and photo-journalism, art direction, location, landscape, sports, events, still life, magazine, newspaper, book, exhibition and new media photography.
BA Photography graduate
“Being at university allows you to put all your time into a project. Having the time to grow as a photographer and an artist, you start to notice different things. It’s really interesting to look back at the photos you started with to the images I’m able to show on the wall now."
As part of his final year project, Scott immersed himself in an alternative community in the depths of Wales - living, eating and talking with them - to capture the essence of alternative living in his photography.
“It really helped with the photography because it made it more of an intimate experience. It was more an observation of living rather than me going there to shoot in a descriptive project. That was only possible when I was living among that community and experiencing it.
“The support you have at university helps you to experiment and dig deeper into a project and the fact that I could come back after a few weeks and get feedback on that work helped me reflect on my own vision of how the project was going."
BA Photography graduate
Carly used her time at Middlesex to experiment creatively, and from this was able to carve a career more specifically as a social documentary photographer. She recently completed her MA in Photography, with Distinction, having been awarded the Luck Hill Postgraduate Photography Award.
"I chose Middlesex University because the facilities were outstanding, unlike facilities I had seen elsewhere. I was also inspired by many of the previous students' portfolios and hearing of their success's after their studies.
"I am particularly pleased that I had complete control over subject matter and projects including some working abroad, giving me time to experiment with my own creativity and to discover what works for me.
"The close support from tutors helped me to carve a more specific pathway for myself that applied to the professional practice of photography and prepared me for the real world.
"Ultimately I'd like to follow my interest in portraiture and documentary, combining the two genres and working with people and their surrounding environments to create editorial and fine art photography."
See more of Carly's work.
BA Photography graduate Shekhar worked as a professional journalist for many years before studying BA Photography.
"I chose to study photography at Middlesex University because of the location and the reception I received when I walked in to inquire about studying here. I wasn't made to feel like an idiot for finally undertaking a degree in my forties, with a Fleet Street and TV career behind me.
"I enjoyed the engagement with the lecturers and my fellow students, and simply learning again. You can't put a price on knowledge and I will always cherish the know-how they passed on to me. It has given me confidence behind the camera.
"I currently have an exhibition called "Brown Brits" at Roast in Borough Market which is dedicated to my tutors David Simmonds and Michael Bradley, and the students who made me feel welcome. I am also working on a photography project called "The Brown Book" and have just produced two TV documentaries for the BBC and Channel 5 on the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp by Oscar Pistorius."
The photography work that our students create is world-class. Each year, our final year students, some of whom are award winners, exhibit their work at the Art and Design Degree Show.
Take a look at our very own magazine, Lupe, to see a showcase of our students work.