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Course overview

Studying Photography develops an independent practice, which ultimately leads to the final year degree show. You will present a body of work, which has emerged as a result of sustained practice and research, and have the opportunity to explore photography’s multiple forms including art, documentary and publishing. Critical approaches to other areas including fashion and editorial practices are also supported. The history and theory of the subject also underpins the course as you investigate photography’s different contexts.

If you are interested in studying Photography as part-time you will have six years to complete the course. This provides you with two years to complete the modules required for each year of study. The minimum amount you can study in one year is 20 credits per year and the maximum is 100 credits.


If you have any enquiries about the course content, please use these contact details for Art and Design.

September 2019
  • Kingsway Campus, Chester
3 Years

Why Study Photography with us?

The course embraces all forms of photography, but we encourage you to develop a critical and independent practice, which addresses contemporary practice and contexts, as well as the history and theory of the medium and subject.

You are introduced to extended forms of practice including the photobook, moving image as well as new and mixed media and installation possibilities.

The course invites photographers from the art world and industry to share their experiences in lectures tutorials and workshops. The teaching staff, including guest and visiting lecturers, are also established practitioners.


Kingsway Campus, Chester

The Kingsway campus is located on the outskirts of the city centre, a 20-minute walk from Parkgate Road Campus. Across 6,920 square metres this specially developed creative arts campus offers a range of modern facilities and equipment to bring learning to life.

In addition to its courtyard performance space, popular social hub and catering outlet, Kingsway provides IT labs, a well-stocked reference library, a 200-seat lecture theatre, and designated seminar spaces featuring iMacs and projection facilities.

The Performing Arts Department has impressive facilities, including four large fully equipped rehearsal and performance studios. With professional-standard music rehearsal and recording facilities and an extensive range of high quality open access sound and lighting equipment you have everything you need to flourish as a performer.

As a student in the Department of Art and Design you will work in specialist studio space that reflects professional expectations. Highly skilled technical staff are on hand to support the use of traditional and contemporary facilities including art and photography studios, a metal casting foundry, sound and video editing suites, dark rooms, a reprographics room, lighting studio, and specially designed workshops for printmaking, textiles, digital art and sculpture.

Within the departments, skilled technical staff manage an extensive equipment loan provision where you can borrow a large range of cameras, lighting, audio recording kits and more.

The close-knit Kingsway campus provides a truly immersive learning experience where you are encouraged to openly showcase your creativity both inside and outside lectures.

Book Your Open Day

Events in October and November for Undergraduate study.


Open Days 2018

Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it's really like to study at the University of Chester.

Chester Dates

  • Saturday 27th October
  • Wednesday 14th November

Warrington Dates

  • Saturday 20th October

Shrewsbury Dates

  • Saturday 20th October
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