BA (Hons) coursesCommercial Photography

Studios and Resources


The photographic area benefits from 5 dedicated photographic studios; colour, and black and white darkrooms and film processing facilities; location stores; a seminar room; and an extensive digital production area. Students have the opportunity to use specialist photographic equipment in the studio or on location in support of their studies and to reinforce the professional aspects of the course delivery. The course is well supported by 5 discipline-dedicated Technician Demonstrators. The course has access to lecture rooms, lecture theatres and computer suites through the Arts University’s central timetabling system.

Recent developments within the photography resource include:

Five studios are now available to the course. New Broncolor lighting has been purchased for four of our studios and a fifth studio is available with Bowens lighting mounted on High-Glide. Mac Pro’s were purchased and kept as stand alone units on mobile trolleys, attached to Eizo monitors and made available for use within the studios for working tethered to digital backs/ cameras.

Large format photography has been strongly supported throughout, and has been enhanced with the addition of Toyo 5’x4′ field cameras for location work.

Digital SLRs are available to book out on location and for use within studios, including full frame Nikon D3X camera kits. Also Phase One P30+ 32.5 Million Megapixel digital backs can be used on campus to capture high-end professional quality images.

A substantial investment in portable lighting in the form of Profoto portable lighting kits enables students to work without the need for mains electricity, giving students professional quality lighting on location.

Our Digital Suite was relocated in the summer of 2008, nearly doubling its original footprint to house fifteen Mac Pro computers linked to Eizo monitors that are networked to the A2+ Epson printers. All are colour calibrated on a monthly basis for consistency with industry standards. Images can be viewed under a daylight-viewing booth for accurate colour and density rendering. Wacom graphic tablets are provided for limitless post-production possibilities. Flat artwork can be scanned up to A3 for accurate reproduction. Film can be scanned quickly to a professional standard on one of the newer Flextight scanners. All Mac Pro’s are regularly upgraded, and fitted with extra RAM to cope with the demand for larger digital image processing.


Some of the world’s top photographers started their careers here and we attract a wide range of excellent speakers from the industry including photographers, art directors, picture editors, agents, stylists, and photographic assistants.

Our experienced team have active practices in: editorial portrait photography, documentary photography, advertising and fashion photography, digital expertise, specialist critical theory and HD video.

We offer the specialist environment and equipment to experience working at a professional level:

  • Extensive studios
  • Black and white and colour darkrooms and film processing
  • A dedicated digital suite and a location and studio equipment store
  • A dedicated team of technicians who provide technical assistance and advice to support your studies