Course Information

BA (Hons)

3 years Lincoln School of Film and Media Lincoln Campus [L] Subject to Validation BBC (or equivalent qualifications) W600

Please note that the BA (Hons) Photography programme is currently in the process of revalidation. We are revising and updating the programme to reflect the changing dynamic pace of photography technologies and communication, as well as the student as producer model. Subject to validation, the new Photography degree will launch in September 2017.

#1 Photography is one of the University’s Design courses ranked 1st in the UK according to the National Student Survey 2016.


For aspiring photographers and moving image makers, Lincoln's BA (Hons) Photography degree offers an artistic learning environment that values creative expression. Students have the opportunity to learn from academics who are experienced practitioners with active links to industry.

The Photography degree at Lincoln offers students the opportunity to gain extensive experience working with professional-standard facilities and equipment and to showcase their work at competitions, film festivals and public exhibitions.

Students are encouraged to experiment and explore a variety of lens-based techniques – from traditional darkroom to innovative digital technologies. This approach aims to enable students to develop a specialism and to cultivate a creative and distinctive final portfolio or showreel with which they have the opportunity to launch an artistic career.

How You Study

The first year offers students an introduction to visual communication and the role it plays in society. Students have the opportunity to learn processes and methods for both photography and moving images in preparation for developing a specialism in the second year. In this way, students can plan an artistic trajectory and engage with professional practice in the creative industries.

In the final year of the degree, students produce a major body of work in a chosen area that demonstrates a thorough understanding of medium and style, and work towards a final exhibition and portfolio or showreel.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

The programme is assessed on the basis of course work which comprises project work and written submissions, and consists of both formative and summative assessment.

Formative feedback guides students on the process of work and takes the form of group and individual discussion. Tutor feedback provides students with guidance on their performance during each module.

Summative assessment occurs at the end of each module. Student work is assessed against clearly defined criteria and learning outcomes. A summative mark is awarded based upon evidence that all criteria have been complied with and all aims and learning outcomes for the assignment have been achieved.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Interviews & Applicant Days

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview in which Photography tutors will review their portfolio. The interview process is an opportunity for prospective students to discuss their work and personal photography interests with staff, in addition to asking any questions about the BA (Hons) Photography programme at the University of Lincoln.


Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our Lincoln School of Film and Media Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC, including grade B from an A Level art, design or media studies related subject.

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall, with 5 at Higher Level from an art, design or media studies related subject.

BTEC Extended Diploma in an art, design or media related subject: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma in an art, design or media related subject: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

Applicants will also be required to have three GCSEs at grade C or above, to include English (or equivalent).

Mature students with extensive relevant work experience and a portfolio of work, will be selected on individual merit. All relevant work experience should be noted on the application form.

If you would like further information about entry requirements or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions Team on +44 (0)1522 886097 or email

Level 2

Study Abroad Photography (Option)

The Erasmus Exchange Programme is an optional module of study for the award of the BA (Hons) Photography degree. As part of the three year course, some students may study for the duration of Semester A at a selected partner institution.

The Erasmus Exchange enables participants to spend a semeter at an agreed institution to experience other practice, conceptual approaches and pedagogies to the study of their own and others' culture and history and to be enriched by the experience of living in another culture.

Level 3

Independent Study: Dissertation (Core)

The Independent Study Dissertation module entails students identifying and independently researching a topic of their own choice over the duration of two semesters. Through a process of self-directed study and independently conducted research, students are required to produce a formally written academic text, which extends to a length of ten thousand words. Drawing upon the skills of academic writing and contextual knowledge developed in theoretical modules on Levels 1 & 2, the dissertation represents a rigorous analysis of a chosen topic, which provides students with the opportunity to situate their practice, and/or predominant interests, into a critically established framework. In doing so, students exhibit skills in: reading and textual analysis; selecting, retrieving and evaluating information; adhering to academic standards of presentation and citation; creating a structured, cogent and logical argument; identifying areas of conflict and dispute within relevant subject areas; and demonstrating strategies for effectively managing time and resources. The Independent Study Dissertation represents the culmination of critical enquiry and subject specific knowledge for the course, and is designed to allow students to develop a level of confidence in their scope for critical enquiry, which will either prepare them for study at postgraduate level or entry into a professional career.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features


Students on this course have won first prize twice at the prestigious Young Creative Chevrolet competition. Recently, student Kenny van Mierlo was awarded a cash prize and a trip to Los Angeles.

Student Successes

Photography students and graduates work with top names and at international events. Graduate Dan Medhurst has worked with clients including Adidas, Animal, Burberry, Coca-Cola, Diesel, Nike, Sony Music and The Guardian. Our students have had the opportunity to conduct shoots for top designers at London Fashion Week and Graduate Fashion Week.


Students on this course will receive a licence for Adobe Creative Cloud free of charge.


Placement Year

When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.


The purpose-built Photography Centre includes lecture and seminar rooms, photography studios with tungsten and electronic flash lighting, film processing facilities, darkrooms and a digital video edit suite. Students have access to a range of camera formats (5x4, 6x6, 35mm and digital) and computer suites.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have gone on to work in the media and design industries including advertising, fashion, digital communication, photojournalism and filmmaking. Some Lincoln graduates have set up their own photography and video production businesses with help from the University of Lincoln’s business incubator, Sparkhouse. Some have gone on to study further at postgraduate level.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. []

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

The BA (Hons) Film and Television degree focuses on academic study in both film and television, complemented by practical and creative projects in television production, film and scriptwriting. The course provides a research-informed introduction to the theory, practice and social significance of film and television. This programme is 75 per cent theory and 25 per cent practice-based.
The BA (Hons) Fine Art at Lincoln is designed to provide the expertise and environment to nurture students’ creative development and expression. They can learn from practising artists and arts professionals, and be introduced to a range of professional and transferable skills.
The BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree encourages students to become skilled visual communicators and provides the opportunity to work on project briefs that require practical skills and creative insight to find innovative solutions using a variety of media.
Illustrations communicate messages in pictorial form. Illustration informs, illuminates, decorates and entertains across a range of media, stimulating imaginations by interpreting, portraying and enhancing the written word.
Taught by experienced, research and industry-active academics, the BA (Hons) Media Production at Lincoln is designed to support students’ growth as creative media professionals and provides the opportunity to develop a range of specialist skills.

Tuition Fees

Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

In 2018/19, fees may increase in line with Government Policy. We will update this information when fees for 2018/19 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []


Student Work

  • Learn more about the Lincoln School of Film and Media, our courses and what we do.

    Total Film Award for Best Trailer

    Jamie Rae and Daniel Anscombe, who graduated from Photography (then Contemporary Lens Media), won the Total Film Award for Best Trailer at the inaugural Quarterly Awards.

    Their 80-second trailer for their low-budget horror film, 8ight Limbs, impressed a panel of industry experts with its gritty realism.

    Jamie, originally from Northamptonshire, and Dan, who is from Nottinghamshire, rubbed shoulders with film heavyweights like John Hurt and Charles Dance as they collected their award in a ceremony at the Everyman Cinema in London earlier this month.

    The trailer was adapted from the 28-minute film which the pair originally produced as part of their coursework at the University of Lincoln.

    The film is a horror-thriller in the style of cult low-budget horror classics Saw and Hostel. It is about a young journalist asked to carry out background research into a series of grisly murders by a serial killer known as the Twin Torturer.

    Jamie said: We decided to do a conceptual piece where we would keep the same themes and characters but we would each take half the film. We would write and direct one half ourselves and piece it together to make a cohesive story. From that we set about making the trailer in February this year.

    We just uploaded it onto various film websites. Before we knew it, the interest was spiralling. It went way beyond what we anticipated.

    The pair did not even realise their trailer had been nominated for the award until they received an email telling them they had been shortlisted. Judges from Total Film magazine then decided it was the best of the bunch on the Icewhole website. is a networking site where budding actors, directors and writers can share ideas with other aspiring filmmakers and professionals.

    Jamie will travel to Los Angeles, USA, to spend six months working as second unit director on a low-budget horror film called The Reckoning. The film, produced by Cupsogue Pictures, will be go on limited theatrical release in cinemas in the USA and UK before a DVD release.

    The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions. []