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Amazing facilities, inspiring tutors and guest lecturers from industry


Find out more about the Photography department and see examples of students' work: 

Introducing your course leaders

David Bennett is our Photography Programme Leader. Follow this link to read David's biography and that of lecturer, Maria Kapajeva.

Interview with David: follow this link to an interview by Liz Kutesko, from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London the world's leading institution for the study of the history of art and fashion.

Hear from our students 

Daniele Pintore, Foundation Degree in Photography graduated 2013 and BA (Hons) Photography graduated 2014

"Since my work was recognised by LensCulture, my project ‘The Painting Is Me’ was published by Shot Directory. I also showed the work in a group exhibition in the summer of 2013. Finally, I was contacted by the agency Millennium and asked to be part of their archive. This felt like one of the biggest goals I had reached thus far. My photographic career continues to grow and change but LensCulture was the first major institution to celebrate and expose my work."

Conon Moriarty, Foundation Degree in Photography graduated 2015

"I would like to thank the programme Leader for the support he has given me when needed throughout the two years studying photography.The best thing is that he didn’t make it feel like a course or even photography, it felt like life lessons and appreciation of things around us and for me that's all I could ask for."

Davy Priestley, Foundation Degree in Photography graduated 2012 and BA (Hons) Photography graduated 2013

"I was really happy to have my work chosen for the Miami exhibitions [SCOPE Art Miami 2014]. It’s given me a brilliant platform to hopefully promote my work further"

Danny Peace, Foundation Degree in Photography graduated 2014 and BA (Hons) Photography graduated 2014

"No other College could give me the knowledge that I needed for working in the real world."

Work at Le Studio Rouchon, Paris


BA (Hons) students will have the opportunity to work in Paris, thanks to our affiliation with this world-famous studio.

This opportunity is exclusive to this programme at BDC, the department is affiliated with the Studio Rouchon in Paris, France. Studio Rouchon is the leading photography studio in Paris with clients ranging from Self Service magazine to Chanel, and photographers including Sarah Moon and Ezra Petronio.

As a BA (Hons) student you will have the opportunity to apply for the Barking & Dagenham College/Studio Rouchon Scholarship. The prize is a two-month paid internship at the Studio Rouchon. A previous recipient of this scholarship is now working at the Paris studio.

We currently have 2 courses available.

  1. Foundation Degree (FdA) Photography UCAS Code CA07 (2 Years) Level 5
  2. BA (Hons) Photography L6 Direct Entry UCAS Code CA08 (1 Year) Level 6

Visiting Guest Mentor

Professional Fashion Photographer Jonathan Hallam regularly works with our students.

Visiting Guest Speakers

We have links with big names in the industry, so we regularly hold guest lectures for our students.

Brian Griffin (Photographer)   Tim Gutt (Fashion and Portrait Photographer)   Mark Lebon (Fashion Photographer and Fashionista)
Dick Jewell (Artist)   Nigel Shafran (Photographer)   Jamie Morgan (Fashion Photographer and Film Maker)
Tung Walsh (Fashion Photographer)   Eileen Perrier (Photographer)   Paul Hartnett (Trend Setter)
Alicia Hart (Freelance Picture Editor; Wallpaper, Telegraph Magazine, Financial Times Magazine)   Kalpesh Lathigra (Photographer)   Tom Hunter (Photographer)
Gareth McConnell (Photographer)   Choi Liu (Creative Consultant, former Art Buyer at M&CSAATCHI)  

Simona Dell’Agli (Artist)

Bradley Richards (Photographer and Television Editor)   Jonathan Hallam (Fashion Photographer)   Phil Buckingham (Freelance Art Director)
Olu Michael Odukoya (Freelance Creative Director and Editor-In-Chief ofModern Matter)   Chris Coekin (Photographer)    


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Excellent facilities & equipment

Our industry-led facilities in the Photography Department offers you the creative potential to fully explore analogue and digital imaging practices.

  • Large double-height photography studio with infinity cove
  • Portrait/Still Life photography studio
  • C41 film processing
  • Black & White film processing
  • Black & White darkrooms
  • Colour ‘C-Type’ darkroom
  • Colour managed post-production area
  • Photography lending store
  • Full-time technician support
  • As a Foundation Degree (FdA) or BA (Hons) student, you will also have access to the facilities at UEL, our awarding partner university


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