This award-winning BA Photography programme offers the resources and opportunities to develop your practice through set assignments, self-initiated projects and through exposure to a range of different industry and academic contexts.
Our team has impressive professional expertise in areas including fashion, commercial, documentary, art practice and new digital imaging technologies.
Many Middlesex photography graduates have received industry recognition for their work.
Graduates have gone on to work with Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Dazed, Arena Homme, FT Weekend, Telegraph Magazine, The Observer, Puma, Disney, Diesel, Gymshark and many others.
Every year, our students produce outstanding, industry-standard work. Why not join them?
All of our staff are specialists in the field who will help you develop and refine your creative voice.
You'll be offered resources and opportunities to develop your practice through set assignments, self-initiated projects and exposure to a range of different industry and academic contexts.
Our photographic facilities are among the best in the country and you'll have access to cutting-edge image-making and printing technologies. You'll be able to:
The photography work that our students create is of an exceptional standard. Each year, our final year students, some of whom are award winners, exhibit their work at our Hendon Show.
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Throughout the degree, you will be encouraged to think critically about your own and other practitioners’ work and will develop technical skills whilst also building an awareness of visual languages. You will have the opportunity to apply these skills to a range of practice-based and written assignments with weekly support through feedback sessions and end-of-project critiques with your lecturers and peers.
As you move through the course you are given more agency to respond to the project briefs in your own way using the techniques and genres of photography you are personally keen to improve on.
Your first year consists of set projects designed to introduce students to a range of different photographic debates, genres and techniques. We'll introduce you to key areas of photographic discourse and developing your proficiency using photographic facilities. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops and work in small groups for practice projects to allow for in-depth project-specific feedback.
In your second year you will experiment and take control over the direction of both your practice and your academic research. You will explore key theorists relevant to photography debate and undertake a series of assignments designed to develop your skills in art, still life, commercial, fashion and documentary photography practices. Later in the year, you'll move on to self-initiated projects culminating in an in-depth research project proposal and a public end of year exhibition.
By your final year, you will have chosen a pathway for your practice and will undertake a series of self-initiated projects supported by a tutor with expertise in your area of practice. These projects will build towards a final major practice project which you will exhibit at the public end-of-year degree show. Your practice will be supported by the development of a written research project and by assignments designed to prepare you for professional life after university.
Throughout the course we have a rolling programme of guest speakers, artist talks and portfolio reviews.
Martin Parr / Tim Walker / Jem Southam / John Davies / Hin Chua / Simon Roberts / Bettina Von Zwehl / John Blakemore / Rut Blees Luxemburg / Julian Germain / Gareth McConnell / Julian Calder / Tom Hunter / Jack Latham / Lydia Goldblatt / Joanna Piotrowska / EJ Major / Jamie Hawkesworth / Eva Vermandel / Brian Griffin / Alan Powdrill / Trevor Appleson / Brian Harris / Kate Peters / Tom Wood / Edgar Martins / Spencer Murphy / Cian Oba Smith / Silvia Rossi / Kalpesh Lathigra / Richard Billingham / Clare Strand / Kate Peters / Haley Morris Cafiero / Franklyn Rodgers / Polly Braden / Rhiannon Adam
This module will introduce the student to contemporary methods applied to photographic practice within the fields of fashion, documentary and the urban environment. This module aims to:
This module will introduce students to the photographic studio and digital darkroom. This module aims to:
This module aims to:
This module provides an introduction to the expanding and inter-disciplinary field of photography, focusing on London as its main site of exploration. This module aims to:
This module uses contemporary professional editorial photographic practice as a framework to explore specialist pathways in portraiture, fashion and fine art. This module aims to:
This module will explore ‘the other’ and our relationship with objects, environments and society. This module aims to:
This module explores the idea of identity as a conceptual framework in photographic and artistic practice. This module aims to:
This module takes an interdisciplinary approach to the critical study of historical and contemporary photographic practice. This module aims to:
This module will develop the knowledge and skills that are required to operate as an independent professional photographer. This module aims to:
In this module students will develop a self-initiated project proposal that consolidates their personal photographic direction and interests. This module aims to:
This module will develop the student’s ability to formulate and write a critically informed photographic project proposal. This module aims to:
This module facilitates students in developing an in-depth research project culminating in an extended written essay. This module aims to:
To find out more about this highly regarded course, please download the Photography BA Honours specification (PDF).
We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health, and disability support.
We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability Advice and Support service.
Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.
Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above.
You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.
We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.
This degree will prepare you for a successful career in creative industries. Our students go on to fill a range of roles in the photographic industry and beyond.
We have alumni working as freelance commercial photographers, editorial photographers, and photographers working with still life and e-commerce. We also have former students with successful art practices who exhibit internationally and gain public funding and commissions to support their art practice.
Some of our alumni have gone on to curate exhibitions, work in publicly funded and commercial galleries or have secured positions as photo editors at national and international publications. Many of our students choose to assist professional photographers after university before going on to establish their own commercial practice or manage commercial studio spaces.
Many of our students take up post-graduate study after their BA degree – undertaking MA or MFA degrees and PhDs. Some of our alumni are now pursuing academic careers as either technicians or lecturers on photography courses at Middlesex or elsewhere.
Many of the skills you learn throughout the BA Photography degree are transferable to other industries and help students achieve employment in many fields. Employers across the board look for skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, interpersonal relations, time and finance management, all of which are embedded into our BA Photography degree.
Our Careers & Employability Service, MDXworks will launch you into the world of work from the beginning of your course, with placements, projects and networking opportunities through our 1000+ links with industry and big-name employers in London and globally.
Our location in London helps us connect you with over 1,000 industry partners to develop your future employment prospects. And we have unique work and study opportunities at our campuses in Dubai and Mauritius. You’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network. And after you graduate, we'll still support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.
The fees below refer to the 2023/24 academic year:
Part-time: £77 per taught credit
Full-time students: £15,100
Part-time students: £126 per taught credit
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees, and you may be required to purchase these to complete the course.
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Having studied an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, Philippe has gained a diverse range of professional experience from working with commercial photographers and contemporary international artists. Additionally, he has acquired an advanced knowledge of digital imaging technology, techniques and printing. Philippe is currently completing a photographic portraiture commission and producing new photographic / video work in London.
Alison graduated from Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Art & Design with a BA Hons in Professional Media: Photography. She has worked in London since 2000 in the Fashion and Editorial Photography industry and for five years as first assistant to the fashion photographer Tim Walker. This role involved organising and handling photographic equipment and lighting during photo shoots, print production as well as co-ordinating the printing/framing and installation of his recent retrospective 'Pictures' at the Design Museum in London.
Gavin Fernandes graduated in BA Hons Graphic Design at Middlesex University and MA Fashion Photography at London College of Fashion. His visual narratives Monarchs of the East End and Empire Line were presented as solo exhibitions at Maison Des Arts de Creteil, Paris and Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, London in 2007, and at Maison Folie, Wazemmes, Lille, 2006.
Work from his master's degree was selected by The Photographers’ Gallery in London for their inaugural group show freshfacedandwildeyed08 in 2008. He has also exhibited in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Whitechapel Art Gallery; Institute of Contemporary Arts; Royal Academy of Arts; Barbican Centre; National Maritime Museum and Museum of London. In 2011 he exhibited at the Harris Museum, Preston, UK where his work was acquired into its Photography and New Media permanent collection.
His photographic work has been featured in the publications Dazed & Confused; i-D; Tank; The Observer; The Guardian and The Independent; and a portfolio of his images appeared as a dedicated chapter in the book British Asian Style: Fashion and Textiles/Past and Present by V&A Publishing, 2009. His research and professional practice unite his experiences of fashion direction and photography to interrogate socio-political themes around cultural identity; religion; feminine empowerment and gender.
Currently undertaking a practice-led PhD at London College of Communi- cation on the multi-model rhetoric of online disinformation. Also founder / curator of online contemporary photography platform XLVI Space.
Has recently exhibited work in Braga, Portugal, Paris and Arles, France and Bologna and Padua, Italy as well as in solo and group exhibitions across the UK. Recently shortlisted for the Images Vevey Prize 2021.
Graduated from Sunderland University with a degree in painting. In 1996, Scalo published Richard’s photographs taken of his own family in a book ‘Ray’s a Laugh’ with a short validation from the American photographer Rob- ert Frank. In 1997 Billingham was the first recipient of the Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize (now the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize) and included in a number of important group shows, most notably ‘Sensation’ at the Royal Academy, London. Nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001 for his photography and video work.
Awarded the Sargeant Fellowship at the British School at Rome in 2002. Spent next few years travelling and making a body of work called ‘Zoo’ Show of work in the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne in 2007- 8. Has lectured and taught in Yale, University of North Texas, the National Art School, Sydney and particularly values the exchange of ideas between teachers and students. Has been a part time senior lecturer on the BA Fine Art- Photography course at the University of Gloucester since 2006 and is cur- rently working on a number of photography and film projects. A recent film ‘Siberian Tiger’ was broadcast on Channel 4. Wrote and directed ‘Liaz and Ray’, a film based on his book ‘Ray’s a Laugh’. This was BAFTA nominated and also winner of the Lisbon and Estoril Juy Special Prize and awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival 2018.
Photography BA graduate
Sandra graduated from the BA Photography course in 2018 and has since gone on to establish herself both as an artist and an editorial photographer shooting for The New Yorker and The Financial Times.
Her personal work focusses on difficult to access communities; her most recent project being a long-term documentary series on the traveller communities of the UK. Her work is currently being exhibited in a landmark touring exhibition of British documentary photography from the 1960s to present day titled, Facing Britain, alongside photographers such as Martin Parr, Anna Fox and Tom Wood.
Sandra has also won and been shortlisted for a number of prestigious photography awards such as the British Journal of Photography Portrait of Britain 2019 and 2020, and the Bar Tur Photo Award 2020.
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Photography BA graduate
Since Graduating from the BA Photography course in 2018, Sophie has earned the title of Photo Editor at Wallpaper* magazine, having worked her way up from an intern position. In this role, Sophie commissions photographers globally to work on fashion, still life, interior and portraiture commissions. She also undertakes commissions as a commercial and editorial photographer for clients such as The Financial Times and Dover Street Market.
Her art practice focusses on the trappings of consumerism and status games, working with still life and performative fictions. This work has been exhibited in the UK, Portugal and China and has been shortlisted for the FOAM Paul Huf Award and the Palm Photo Prize. Sophie was also featured at one of the British Journal of Photography’s ‘Ones to Watch’ in 2021, for which she presented her project at Photo London in Somerset house.
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Photography BA graduate
Richard graduated from the BA Photography course in 2015 and has since gone on to establish himself in the fashion industry shooting editorials for magazines such as Esquire, British GQ and Document Journal and commercial assignments for brands like Vivienne Westwood, Fendi and Burberry.
He has also been commissioned to photograph many well-known actors such as Ewan McGregor, Thomas Brodie-Sansgter from Game of Thrones, and Daisy Edgar-Jones from the recent popular TV series, Normal People.
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Photography BA graduate
Cole’s final year degree project won him the Free Range student prize, for which he was awarded a fully funded solo exhibition in East London and mentoring from Metro Imaging. Since then he has gone on to photograph for editorial and commercial clients, as well as for musician and celebrities such as Nick Cave and Derren Brown.
His photography is diaristic in nature, documenting his friends and their youthful, carefree lifestyles and has been published in the British Journal of Photography, Huck Magazine and Pylot magazine. He also makes conceptual video art and self-publishes books and zines of his work.
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Start: September 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time, Usually 6 years part-time
Start: September 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time
Start: September 2023
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