Level 6

BA (Hons) Photography L6 Direct Entry


1 year


Rush Green


Sep 2021


Adult 19+
Higher Education



Relevant, contemporary, practical, challenging, and directly related in industry, the BA (Hons) Photography L6 Direct Entry will prepare you for a career in contemporary photography. Taught in specialised industry standard studios by photography professionals.

This course is offered in partnership with the University of East London. Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Photography L6 Direct Entry at Barking & Dagenham College leads to the award of a BA (Hons) in Photography by University of East London.

This one year programme functions as a third year top up to the Foundation Degree in Photography or an HND qualification.

Modules include:

  • VA6301 Photography: Independent Major Project 60 6 Core
  • VA6302 Communities, Collaboration and Creative Careers 30 6 Core
  • VA6303 Contextual Studies: Global Photography 30 6 Core (Replaces VA6666 Dissertation)

Practical photography assessments will be double marked and academic work will be second marked anonymously.

All assessment tasks will be clearly described in the module handbooks.

As well as studying disciplines of photography, a typical week might see students working on industry projects, attending talks and workshops, or visiting galleries and exhibitions.

Applicants who hold an FdA or and HND in a creative subject other than photography may be considered.

David Bennett graduated from the photography programme at West Surrey College of Art & Design Farnham (now University for the Creative Arts) in the 1990s under Peter Hall. Since then he has published and exhibited in London and New York City, and his editorial clients include TANK Magazine, Art Review and ELLE. David is founder and editor-in-chief of PpR Journal, the magazine of Contemporary Culture, Fashion, and Dress.

As well as real 'live' photography briefs for external clients, you'll be in contact with leading professionals through talks and workshops, and through work placements and internships.

Our links with the Rouchon Studio in Paris also mean there's a student scholarship up for grabs each year! It's an all-expenses-paid 2-month internship, exclusive to photography students at Barking & Dagenham College.

Students can take national and European visits to cities such as Paris, Berlin and Barcelona as part of the Erasmus+ programme.

Successful completion of the course can lead to the following careers:

  • Professional Photographer
  • Photography Technician
  • Studio Assistant
  • Stylist
  • Art Director
  • Creative Director

80% of our graduates are freelance operatives in the photography industry including working as photographers, assistants and retouchers.

Where it can lead to

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.