Course Information

BA (Hons)

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

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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 your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake 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 you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Methods of Assessment

The way you 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.

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 & 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 1

Introduction To Lens Media History and Theory

This module aims to introduce students to the broad based histories of Photography and ‘The moving image’ and other associated disciplines within the context of art and design. As such the module investigates the key concepts, figures and histories of lens media from the C19th onwards and related intersecting discourses, particularly art and design, and media and communication. The module also aims to introduce various theories of image interpretation, through known processes of visual semiotics, cultural and sociological perception, description, and deconstruction, which underpins the critical reading and evaluation of images. Research methodologies will also be explored through a series of lectures and seminars.

Introduction To Moving Image

This module is an introduction to making and understanding moving image work. The module aims to provide a foundation on which future understanding and development of the subject can be built. It covers the technical and practical aspects of moving image production; such as camera operation, lighting, sound recording and non-linear editing. The module also aims to introduce the codes and conventions of moving image, and begins to explore them critically and creatively. Ideas generation and pre production planning are developed through the use of pre visualising and storyboarding techniques.

Introduction to Photography

This module begins with an introduction to photographic production within an art and design context. The development of visual awareness, critical analysis, and technical skills are fundamental elements of the unit. These aspects are introduced as a foundation for still-image production, providing a practical and conceptual framework on which future learning and development can be built. Students’ progress in these key areas is monitored through a series of focused practical assignments.

Level 2

Advanced Lens Media 1: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Practice

This module encourages students to engage with a wide range of approaches and methodologies as the basis for the production of still and/or moving image work. This exploration draws upon a range of historical and contemporary debates with art practice and cultural discourse.

Advanced Lens Media 2: Self Initiated Practice

The emphasis in this module is on in-depth, individually directed study, related to and executed through practice. Individual creative practice is developed through a series self initiated projects, which reflect individual interests and which may also reflect a particular vocational pathway. The module encourages students to synthesise and apply their evolving knowledge and experience.

Contemporary Contexts: Lens Media

This module builds upon the Introduction to Lens Media History Module of level one. It continues to offer students with a broad theoretical and critical base from which to study lens-based (photography, film and video) histories, technologies and practices, and their cultural impact. Emphasis is placed upon developing student’s own learning via the exploration of contemporary lens based practices, processes and debates

Level 3

CLM Independent Study: Dissertation

The Independent Study: Dissertation is designed to provide students an opportunity to explore a topic of their own choice appropriate to their subject specialism. This is achieved via self-directed study, independent research and academic supervision. The module aims to provide a framework for students to work independently gathering and processing information from a variety of sources into a substantial, well informed critical written argument. Study is primarily self-managed, supported by regular seminars and tutorials with an academic tutor.

Major Project 1: Exhibition

The module offers opportunities to produce a substantial body of work according to students' personal interests and career aspirations within Lens Media. It provides students with the opportunity to apply and extend the creative, technical and conceptual skills acquired in previous units to a personally devised lens media assignment or set of assignments governed by negotiated proposal documents.

Major Project 2: Portfolio

This module provides students with the opportunity to apply and extend the creative, technical and conceptual skills acquired in previous units to a personally devised lens media assignment or set of assignments governed by negotiated proposal documents.

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 you are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, you will be required to cover your 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 your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your 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 you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your 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 you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will 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 comprises academic study in both film and television, which is complemented by practical and creative projects in television studio production, film and scriptwriting. This programme is 75% theory and 25% practice based.
The BA (Hons) Fine Art degree focuses on the artist as a socially responsive, publicly-aware practitioner operating within physical, intellectual and digital networks and referencing local, national and global artistic platforms.
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.
With established links to the Association of Illustrators, the BA (Hons) Illustration degree aims to enable students to develop their own unique visual signature style and encourages them to prepare for the competitive world of professional illustration.
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  
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, subject to final confirmation from government, there will be an inflationary adjustment to fees to £9,250 for new and returning UK/EU students. In 2018/19 there may be an increase in fees in line with inflation.

We will update this information when fees for 2017/18 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

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    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. []