BA (Hons) coursesCommercial Photography

Studios and Resources

The photography area recently underwent a multi-million-pound development and refurbishment, which saw the creation of brand new digital suites, a collaborative specialist photography hub and brand new colour printing facilities.

This development was part of the latest phase of AUB’s campus development, which saw the construction of a North extension which houses many of photography’s new facilities.

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


The photographic area benefits from access to seven dedicated photographic studios; colour, and black and white darkrooms and film processing facilities; location stores; a seminar room; a large collaborative hub, including a print finishing area, and an extensive digital post-production facility.

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.

New Broncolor lighting has been purchased for four of our studios and Profoto lighting, mounted on a High-Glide system, is available in the other three. 

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

Digital SLRs are available to book out on location and to use within studios, including full frame Nikon and Canon systems. Students are also able to use both Phase One and Hasselblad digital medium format systems which can be used on campus to capture high-end professional quality images.

Digital Suites

Our Digital Suites were re-designed as part of a recent multimillion pound development, within the photography area. They now offer a dedicated digital post-production facility and also a dedicated digital teaching space. All Mac Pro computers are linked to Eizo monitors, and several networked to a series of Epson printers.

All computers are colour calibrated, on a regular basis, enabling industry standard process and output. Images can be viewed under a daylight-viewing booth for accurate colour and density rendering, and Wacom graphic tablets are provided for limitless post-production possibilities.

Flat artwork can be scanned up to A3 for accurate reproduction, and Film (up to 5×4) can be scanned, to a professional standard, through using our Flextight scanners. All Mac Pro computers are regularly upgraded, and fitted with extra RAM to cope with the demand for larger digital image processing, be it stills or moving image.

Print Bureaux

The Photography area now boasts a new industry standard Print Bureaux, which includes a Chromira printer (digital and analogue), allowing archival printing up to 76.2cm wide to over 300cm in length and Epson Inkjet printing up to 111.8cm wide to over 300cm in length.

This allows students to print work to commercial, and exhibition standards, through the support of a dedicated technical team. Film development is managed through automated systems for both black and white and colour negative, using professional standard Colenta film possessors, allowing students to use a variety of film formats.


  • Seven dedicated photographic studios
  • Large professional working space and portfolio layout and finishing area (photography hub)
  • Black and white and colour darkrooms and automated colour and black & white film processing
  • Dedicated digital suites
  • Comprehensive studio and location equipment store
  • Professional Print Bureaux
  • Knowledgeable team of technicians, providing practical support and advice