About the course

This course is available to UK/EU students only.

Please note that this course is suspended at West Herts College for 2019 entry.

This two-year, full-time programme is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their creative and technical skills in photography. Students will study core modules such as creative languages, contextual studies and business practice and entrepreneurship. Students will develop their own skills and knowledge of practice in photography. There will also be a range of vocational projects allowing students to develop practical and theoretical skills needed to survive the highly competitive world of photography.

There will be a strong emphasis on practical experimental work in all fields with students being asked to respond to vocational briefs in a creative and considered way, evaluating their own work as they progress. The programme will be supported by visits to exhibitions and photographic studios. Visiting lecturers who are currently working in the industry will also be contributing to students' knowledge.

Take a look at our course booklet to find out more.

Progression routes

All progression routes outlined below are currently valid; however available progression will be updated on an annual basis in accordance with changes in UH provision.

Entry is to Level 5 or Level 6 depending on individual performance. Additional routes may be available to students at the time of FdA completion.

  • FdA Fashion & Textiles - BA Fashion, BA Fashion and Fashion Business, BA Contemporary Design Crafts (Textiles)
  • FdA Fine Art Practice - BA Fine Art, BA Design Crafts (Multi-disciplinary), BA Photography
  • FdA Graphic Design - BA Graphic Design
  • FdA Illustration - BA Illustration
  • FdA Three-dimensional Design - BA Product  and Industrial Design, BA Interior Architecture and Design, BA Model Design (Model Effects), BA Contemporary Design Crafts (Multi-disciplinary)
  • FdA Media Production - BA Film and Television Production
  • FdA Photography - BA Photography, BA Fine Art
  • FdA Visual Merchandising - BA Interior Architecture and Design
Fact sheets 2018 Course fact sheet 1 FdA Photography
Programme specifications 2018 Programme specification 1 Foundation Degree in Creative Enterprise (Photography)

Why choose this course?

This programme aims to develop your creativity and skills in carrying out projects to meet the needs of clients and audiences. In addition the programme will provide you with:

  • The knowledge and skills to embark on a career in the creative and cultural industries;
  • opportunities for work-based learning and experience in the creative arts and cultural industries;
  • an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in two years of full-time study;
  • a progression route to the final year of an appropriate honours degree programme at the University of Hertfordshire.

Course details


When you successfully complete the course, you may wish to progress directly into employment or to a BA Honours degree in Photography or Fine Art at the University of Hertfordshire. Students are eligible to progress to the final year of a BA honours, and will be supported by college and university staff in making their decision.

Teaching methods

This programme addresses the thinking processes, attitudes and skills that are common to all creative activities. It provides a structure that enables you from a variety of starting points to develop your own creativity within a context provided by the industries and organisations that utilises this creativity.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small group tutorials, course work and practical assignments. Throughout you are encouraged to undertake independent study to consolidate your learning and to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject.

In addition, you will be exposed to the application of creative and cultural skills and knowledge in the workplace through work based learning. You will study work based learning modules in year one culminating in a work based learning project negotiated with an employer in year two.


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Historical and Contemporary Context (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    WBL: Developing Professional and Employability Skills (WHC) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Creative Problem Solving (WHC) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Creative Languages (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Creative Vocational Practice (Photography) (WHC) 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    WBL Project: Professional Practice (WHC) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Contextual Studies (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Cultural and Ethical Debate (WHC) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Final Major Project - Photography (WHC) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Portfolio Development (Photography) (WHC) 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £6165 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    48 UCAS points 

    IB - 48 points with a minimum of 1 HL subject at grade 4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

    GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above. Plus an interview or presentation of portfolio may be required.

    The University also accepts a number of other equivalent qualifications including BTEC, IB and Access courses – to find out more about the requirements for these and other equivalent qualifications please visit UCAS

    Mature students with GCSE grade C or above English language and maths or equivalent, but lacking traditional level 3 qualifications will be considered on the basis of relevant experience and an appropriate portfolio of work.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 2 Years


    Start DateEnd Date Year Location Link
    15/09/202023/05/20211West Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)


    Start DateEnd Date Year Location Link
    15/09/202123/05/20221West Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)