Fashion Photography BA(Hons)
Develop your creative voice and springboard into the industry as an innovative professional.
Learn to challenge conventional conceptions of fashion image making by investigating the complex relationships between fashion, storytelling, ethics, diversity, social position and body image. Taking this new-found understanding into practice, you’ll be encouraged to experiment with both traditional and experimental methods of fashion image making, including film photography, moving image, VR, 3D modelling and photogrammetry.
Collaboration and community are part of the DNA of this course, and this industry. So, you’ll have opportunities to work with students from across the University’s departments – from games to performing arts – as well as globally renowned industry contributors, meaning you’ll graduate with a valuable professional network.
- Attend guest lectures and have access to world-leading practitioners that have previously included Harris Elliott, Matthew Holroyd, Joyce NG, Shonagh Marshall, Amy Gwatkin, Derek Ridgers, Ewen Spencer, Ben Weller and Hempstead May
- Pitch your projects to industry experts and work on live briefs set by international partners. Students have previously worked with Baron, Element, Wella, River Island and SHOWstudio
- Have access to professional photographic facilities as well as cutting-edge equipment from across the University
- Learn from an industry connected course team, who are internationally published with titles that include Acne Studios, Beauty Papers, i-D, Re-Edition, The Face and Vogue Hommes.
- Push the limits of your practice by collaborating with students across the University on project briefs
The Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course is new for entry year 2023 and subject to validation.
On this Fashion Photography degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain a BA(Hons) degree over three years or the option to study Fashion Photography BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year.
Want to make visually arresting fashion images that set you apart in this competitive industry? Throughout this course, you’ll harness critical theory, creativity and technology to become a skilled, confident and original image maker.
Working across film, photography and immersive technologies, you'll explore studio and location practices, high-end retouching, specialist editing techniques and fashion film. From catwalks to street style, we'll cover all areas of fashion. You'll learn about advertising campaigns, produce fashion imagery for clients, and create web-based work, fashion fanzines and designer lookbooks.
Working with key themes surrounding fashion image making, you’ll gain the skills and contextual knowledge needed to start making strong, competent productions. You'll develop the foundations for research methodologies, collaborative practices and professional etiquette, working towards an ethical practice. You’ll also begin to build your fashion networks and community through specific modules with fashion stylists.
Subcultures & Styles
In this module, you'll unpack the professional approaches, processes and modes of fashion image production. You'll develop your understanding of photographic representation through the application and understanding of visual language, while exploring fashion style through the theme of subcultures.
In Belonging, you’ll engage with themes of inclusivity and diversity within the context of global histories and subcultures. You'll be encouraged to explore and build an unbiased and progressive understanding of the ethical language of fashion, harnessing your emerging research and image making skills.
The Body & Ethics
This module gives you the opportunity to explore and experiment with a variety of critically challenging photographic approaches to the visual representation of the human form. You'll investigate the codes and conventions of dressing and situating the body within a fashion context, provoking debates about gender, beauty, sexuality, ethnicity, morality, social position, body image and self-representation; ultimately exploring your own role and responsibilities as a fashion photographer.
In this module, you'll investigate how the order of photographs in fashion spreads is constructed by contemporary fashion publishing, both in print and online. You'll consider how stories are told in fashion photography within different published contexts. Alongside this, you will also explore the typographical relationship of image and text, and the process of editing and sequencing images. You'll be asked to curate a sequenced editorial output of your choice, such as an editorial in a magazine, photo-book, zine, newspaper or digital media.
In the second year, you’ll be supported to confidently produce complex and extended photographic projects that are backed by critical theory and intellectual enquiry. Through visual practice modules, you’ll engage in alternative forms of image making that test and blur the traditional limits of fashion photography and filmmaking. You'll also start developing the professional skills you’ll need to build a successful career in the creative industries – including collaboration and exploring the relevant distribution channels for your practice.
The hunger for fashion films amongst other digital media outputs is unprecedented in our contemporary world. Fashion films are used on a regular basis as communication tools for the branding and promotion of fashion goods, reflecting trends and moods of the current times. This module introduces you to a broad range of technical and professional methods for the creation of your own fashion film. We'll provide you with an understanding of how fashion can be promoted through moving image, enhancing your research and conceptual skills, planning and shooting, as well as editing.
The Commercial Image
In the Commercial Image module, you’ll refine your individual photographic practice and your understanding of industry. Through primary research of creatives working in the fashion sector, you’ll evaluate your chosen area of professional practice, develop your networks and advance your technical photographic skills.
This module delves deeper into the historical, social, cultural and global contexts of contemporary fashion image making. By exploring theoretical perspectives, you’ll develop the ability to discuss your own and others’ creative practice in an academic framework.
In our postmodern condition of photography, with its ceaseless flow of images, the internet is serving as a laboratory for image-making experimentation. It's within this context that the notion of image making has become an artistic form rather than promoting the traditional act of 'taking an image'. In this module, you'll be encouraged to challenge photographic conventions and explore other forms of expression, which could include photogrammetry, 3D scanning or montage.
Working as part of a team, you'll work on 'Challenge Briefs' that reflect the sort of assignments you could expect to be working on in industry. Developing your 'soft skills', like communication, problem-solving, critical thinking and leadership, you'll sharpen your ability to work well as part of a group to produce outstanding work.
Your final year is all about preparing for your transition from student to industry professional. Working towards the submission of a dissertation (or equivalent) and Final Major Project, you’ll further develop your unique vision as you work with selected global clients on professional briefs, building relationships with casting directors, location scouts, stylists, and creative directors.
The Client Brief
In this module, you'll have the opportunity to work with a selected client on a proposed professional brief. From generating initial ideas through to delivering image production, you'll learn how to work in an industry-facing manner; presenting your ideas efficiently and effectively will be key. You'll be asked to respond to the client's brief with your own authentic take on fashion photography, while ensuring that their intended message is clearly and compellingly translated into innovative and forward-thinking photographs.
As you come to the end of your studies, you’ll complete a dissertation (or equivalent) that explores agreed individual interests relating to your practice. You'll reflect on your research strengths and personal practice, and engage in considered and detailed discussion of the chosen topic.
Final Major Project
The Final Major Project unit is an independently led project in which you’ll draw on your extended knowledge of contemporary image making, critical theory and technical skills to support the production of a final body of work at a professional level.
Professional Futures, Industry Ambitions
This module supports your journey towards becoming a future-fashion visionary. You’ll explore your professional options, build your skills, develop your industry networks and learn how tell your story.
Why study an Integrated Foundation Year route?
If you’re taking on a new subject that you haven’t studied in depth before, have been out of education for a while or have a non-standard educational background then an Integrated Foundation Year degree may be the right choice for you. It is a four-year degree with an Integrated Foundation Year to start, which allows you to explore the primary elements of your subject before progressing on to the remaining three years of the BA(Hons) degree.
What you'll learn
If you choose this pathway, you'll study five core modules in your Foundation year. These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of your subject. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs.
You'll begin your foundation year by working collaboratively with others to explore themes of the future. You'll take risks, experiment through play and be supported to break through barriers.
You'll take subject-specific workshops and develop essential technical and practical skills in your area of study. You'll also enhance your analytical and organisational abilities.
You'll work with your peer group to think beyond discipline by addressing a societal or global issue. You'll then showcase your work to your peers and deliver and accompanying evaluation of your process.
You'll enhance your creative and practical skills in your subject specialism by responding to typical industry briefs, underpinned by focused research and experiments. You'll also gain industry insights through guest lectures and workshops.
You'll develop your unique identity in your specialism through the production of a self-initiated body of work. Your final project will be the bridge to your next year, fully supported by evaluative reviews and critical analysis of the work you have created.
After the Foundation year, you progress into Year One of the full three-year degree, equipped with a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, and develop a practical and technical skillset and the confidence to excel in your chosen subject.
The Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course is new for entry year 2023 and subject to validation.
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details
How you'll learn
You'll take on live client editorial and advertising briefs with accompanying lectures and workshops. This respected fashion photography course is centred around regular tutorials, lectures, seminars and technical workshops in the studio and on location. There'll be opportunities to attend fashion weeks and take study trips to world-renowned fashion centres.
You'll also have a high level of contact time with your staff and tutors, who'll encourage you to gain a diverse and global understanding of the industry through international placements.
At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and
|Time spent on placements|
How you'll be assessed
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
- Foundation year assessments are 100% coursework based
- Continuous assessment of visual, verbal and written assignments.
- Portfolio submissions, support work and online presence.
- Final-year portfolio.
" By the end of the Fashion Photography degree, I had a professional CV, website and social platforms. I was prepared for anything. "
The fashion photography team is made up of award-winning educators and leading creatives in their fields, like photographers Jonathan Simms (Vogue Homme, Glamour, GQ), Donald Christie (I.D, Dazed, The Face), Fashion Director Philip Scurrah (Wallpaper, Russh, Selfridges) and Eloise Parry (Dazed, Helmut Lang, Topshop).
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.
Course Leader, BA(Hons) Fashion Photography
Jonathan Simms is the Course Leader for BA(Hons) Fashion Photography at Falmouth University. As...
Senior Lecturer, BA(Hons) Fashion Photography
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Acting Course Leader, Fashion Styling & Art Direction BA(Hons)
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Lecturer, BA(Hons) Fashion Photography
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- Eight large, fully equipped professional studios - frequently in demand from external professionals outside of term time.
- Fully colour-managed digital suites with specialist print processing facilities.
- Specialist software training with Adobe Creative Suite.
- Photography store containing an extensive range of industry-standard equipment available for loan from 9am-9pm, 7 days a week during term time.
Housing dark rooms, post-production suites, full professional studios and gallery, our Institute of ...
Offering extensive collections, our two libraries provide a wealth of digital resources, magazines, ...
Our Sports Centre, on Penryn Campus, includes a spacious gym with up to 90 of the latest, new statio...
What our students do
Ones to Watch: Torgeir Rorvik
19 August 2022
Meet the 2022 Fashion Photography graduate who's already making waves in the industry.
Student gets industry experience as Frugi pays campus visit
01 June 2022
First year Fashion Photography student Sinead Flanagan has assisted Frugi’s creative department on...
Fashion Design student finds a creative home in Falmouth
30 May 2022
A year into his studies, and BA(Hons) Fashion Design student Tommy Marley was struggling to realise ...
Falmouth joins the Fashion Declares movement
04 February 2022
Falmouth’s Fashion & Textiles Institute has joined forces with key leaders across the fashion ...
Fashion & Textiles Institute hosts ‘Black cultural conversations’ guest lecture series
12 October 2021
The Fashion & Textiles Institute is hosting a specialist guest lecture series for its students. ...
Students stun judges at Graduate Fashion Week
21 June 2021
BA(Hons) Fashion Photography student Layna Miyazaki has won the Fashion Communication Digital Portfo...
Student film exhibited by award-winning fashion website
16 April 2021
Third-year Fashion Photography student Layna Miyazaki has had her film Another Day exhibited by SHOW...
Sustainability Week: Fashion focused
02 March 2021
The Fashion and Textiles Institute is driven by the environmental, ethical and moral challenges of o...
Fashion Photography Students’ Winning Interview
22 May 2020
3rd Year Fashion Photographer, Georgina Abreu won the EyeEm International Women's Day 2020 mission, ...
Fashion Photography ‘Doing it for Real’
20 February 2020
Fashion Photography staff are helping their students to 'do it for real' by using live briefs and gu...
Institute of Photography Publishes Zine Celebrating Student Work
23 June 2019
Mayn Creative, our in-house photo and video agency, is excited to announce that the Institute of Pho...
Fashion Photography Student Shoots Talent of Tomorrow Campaign
10 June 2019
Nicholas Kristiansen, third-year BA(Hons) Fashion Photography student, has had the experience of a l...
Fashion Photography Student Commissioned by VICE’s i-D Magazine
05 June 2019
Being commissioned by a major publication is an unforgettable accomplishment; not only does it valid...
Catwalk Calling for Fashion Student
30 May 2018
Shooting catwalk models at top-end shows is the dream for many seeking to enter the fashion industry...
How I got my Internship at Vogue
23 May 2018
Second year Fashion Photography student, Vanessa Hastings, has been reading Vogue for a lo...
Fashion Duo Featured in Vogue
23 May 2018
Fashion students Fadzai Kadzatsa and Angela Farrell have been featured in Vogue Italia's online...
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Our graduates have gone to work with some of the industry’s biggest brands in roles including associate producer for Prada fashion film campaign, retoucher at ASOS and River Island, still-life photographer at Vivienne Westwood Studio, freelance casting director for Marc Jacobs, picture and video editor at Love magazine and a commissioned photographer for Elle.
Other future roles could include:
- Fashion photographer
- Film director / videographer / editor
- E-commerce photographer
- Portrait photographer
- Shoot / film producer
- Photo editor
- Model agency booker
- Casting director
- Location scout
- Studio manager
- PR/marketing executive
- Digital content creator
- Creative director
Fashion Photography graduate brings home Graduate Fashion Week award
24 June 2022
This week, Fashion Photography BA(Hons) graduate Torgeir Rorvik won the Fashion Photography award at...
Graduate film showcased on iconic fashion photography website
24 November 2021
2021 Fashion Photography graduate Agne Roversteinaite has had her film 'They Don't See Us' exhi...
How studying at Falmouth helped this graduate land her dream job in fashion
08 November 2021
Alice Kasinather-Jones has travelled across the world to create campaigns for the likes of Gucci and...
Fashion Photography graduate hired by prestigious post-production agency
12 October 2021
Fashion Photography graduate Gemma Worral has landed a Student Assistant position at prestigious pos...
Forest & Clay: Small business flourishes in the hands of Falmouth graduates
02 July 2021
Fine Art graduate Dan Bethell and Fashion Photography graduate Anna Burnett have created Forest &...
How one graduate turned her mental health struggles into poetry
23 June 2021
Olivia White started documenting her thoughts to help deal with her mental health during her ti...
Dancing in Isolation
25 August 2020
Fashion Photography graduate, Tom J. Johnson, has been commissioned by th...
Photography Graduate Celebrates Magazine Win
19 August 2020
Falmouth University, Fashion Photography graduate, Megan Jackson, has been selected in the annual So...
Alumni Winners in Cornwall’s 30 Under 30
09 March 2020
Cornwall’s 30 under 30 for 2020 have been announced. Congratulations to the Falmouth alumni who we...
Fashion Photographer Shortlisted for Film Award
04 November 2019
Fashion Photography graduate Esmé Moore was a recent finalist at this year's SHOWstudio Fashion Fil...
How to apply
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2022 through Clearing or for September 2023 through UCAS Apply and Track. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).
Applying as an international student?
International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. For more information about how to apply as an international student, visit our International applications page.
|Course route||UCAS code|
|Fashion Photography BA(Hons) three year degree||W641|
|Fashion Photography BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year (new for entry year 2023)||FY19|
Application advice & interview informationGo to Toolkit
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
|Course route||Entry requirements|
|BA/BSc(Hons) three year degree||104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
|BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with Integrated Foundation Year||80 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
For starting your studies in 2022
UK applications: 26 January 2022 (for equal consideration)
Applications after the 26 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.
For starting your studies in 2023
UK applications: 25 January 2023 (for equal consideration)
Applications after the 25 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.
International fee payers
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Shows creative flair and technical ability.
- Thinks conceptually.
- Has photographic communication skills.
- Can experiment.
- Has fashion knowledge.
Fees, costs & funding
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,460 per year||Full-time EU/international|
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,460 per year||Full-time EU/international|
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
Typical course costs
- £300-£600 - Recurring annual costs
- £200-£300 - One-off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)
- £1,000 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
Additional typical course costs for Integrated Foundation Year pathway
- £250 for materials
- A laptop/desktop computer
- Adobe Creative Suite
In order to participate in our digitally enhanced learning approach, you'll need to have a personal laptop/desktop computer. Depending on your subject, you may need a specific type of computer. If you're unsure about what you might need, please contact our course advisors.
For information about funding available, please visit our student funding pages.
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