Level 5

Photography (FdA)


70 weeks


Rush Green


Sep 2020


Adult 19+
Higher Education



A career-focused course, with great opportunities to gain experience within the industry.

Make national and European trips to creative individuals and companies, learn from visiting guest lecturers, undertake work experience and internships, and benefit from our links with Paris photography studio 'Studio Rouchon'!

Download a PDF of the programme specification for the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Photography.

You'll develop a strong understanding of visual culture and artistic freedom in art and commercial practices. Key course modules: Photography: Concept, Production and Presentation Contextual and Vocational Studies Specialist Practice Critical Approaches to Contemporary Photography Professional contexts Photography: Negotiated Major Project

You'll ideally need 120 UCAS points (a BTEC National Diploma pass or 2 A-Levels at grade D or above), but if you haven't got these you can still apply if you have a strong portfolio of work. Ideally you'll also have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above. At interview you'll need to show your portfolio.

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.

Work includes real 'live' photography briefs for internal and external clients, giving you experience of working in the industry.

You'll be in contact with employers through talks and workshops with leading professionals, and through work placements and internships.

Successful completion of the FdA means you can progress to the BA (Hons) Photography course here at Barking & Dagenham College.

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.