Semester Study Abroad courses are for students and professionals who wish to spend time abroad, developing their creative skills and gaining credits towards their university degree, but do not necessarily want to spend 2-3 years in another country.

Students are fully integrated with our BA (Hons) students in an exciting, creative University environment.

This Semester Study Abroad Photography course explores contemporary photographic practice within a broad cultural context and is underpinned by historical and critical approaches to the medium of photography. Your individual creativity and personal ambition are at the centre of the course’s philosophy rather than an imposed ‘house style’.

This course will begin to define your own practice and specialism. You will have the opportunity to develop an aesthetic and intellectual orientation, and professional context for your work. You will be allowed to develop your ideas and negotiate your creative work on an individual basis.

You will be introduce to the technical skills and theoretical issues that are fundamental to photographic practice. You will be required to engage in a series of projects that address contemporary practice, challenge your creativity and provide grounding in studio lighting, printing and other photographic techniques.

Portfolios are required from all prospective candidates who wish to do a Semester Study Abroad course at the Arts University. The portfolio’s purpose is to show us how you communicate and translate ideas visually. Your portfolio will be reviewed by the course leader and a panel who will determine the most appropriate year of study in the course for each candidate.

Other types of programmes, such as Bespoke courses are also available. For more information or to apply for a course contact us on +44 1202 363824 or email

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