Digital Imaging and Photography - BA (Hons) Top up

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University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
University Centre and Balliol Building
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Course Details

The BA (Hons) Top up in Digital Imaging and Photography has been designed to build on existing photographic and digital imaging skills and support undergraduates to become confident and articulate image-makers.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Allow students to build upon previous level 4 and 5 qualifications or industrial experience to further widen participation in higher education and develop their ability to produce innovative work of high quality with an awareness of professional level requirements and expectations.
  • Provide the framework to support undergraduates to build on their strengths and interests and to further develop these in sufficient depth to provide a sound grounding for professional and/or postgraduate work.
  • Guide students to acquire further knowledge and understanding, develop personal attributes and master essential technical and transferable skills so that they are able to work independently in the photography / digital imaging sector or other related areas Develop students’ academic and research skills where appropriate, preparing them for study at Master’s level and expand their experiences and outlook in relation to the world of professional creativity.

You will study a range of practical, professional and contextual approaches to digital imaging and photography and will learn through the production of personal and commercial briefs designed to facilitate increasing levels of independence, inspiring ownership of process, product and skills.

Students will have full access to well-equipped studio space and both digital and traditional photographic facilities, including Apple Mac computers, Adobe software, large format digital printing and traditional darkroom.


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You will study a range of core modules, including:

  • Portfolio Development
  • Contextual Studies (Design Futures) (Elective)
  • Professional Development
  • Responsive Module
  • Honours Project
For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.
One year, full time or two years, part time.
All students who successfully complete this degree may have the opportunity to progress onto a Master’s level qualification at the University of Central Lancashire or another higher education provider, or may wish to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, graduates may wish to progress directly into employment.

On successful completion of this qualification, potential photography and digital imaging career paths may include:

  • photojournalism
  • editorial
  • studio still life
  • portraiture
  • landscape
  • fashion or architectural photography
  • picture research
  • gallery and technical support

To find out more information about this course, or to speak to a tutor, please make an enquiry:

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It’s never too late to learn

We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

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We want to make your university education as flexible and affordable as possible. We offer a number of financial support options to help you go further by staying local. You don’t need to pay for your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help support your living costs. For more information, visit

Yes. We have a dedicated team of staff on hand to help guide you through the admissions process, from selecting the right course, to completing your UCAS application and applying for financial support.

If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email

Important terms, conditions and disclaimer information about our courses can be found on our Wider Information Set.


Student work, videos, useful links and testimonials.

The tutors consistently push you to achieve results and the smaller class sizes ensure lots of one on one time. The facilities and equipment are excellent and the course has given me the confidence to pursue my goals in photography.

John Hendry