University of Gloucestershire
Photography: Editorial and Advertising BA (Hons)
University of Gloucestershire

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Why Photography: Editorial and Advertising? Our Photography: Editorial and Advertising degree enables you to develop the creative skills, professional know-how and industry contacts for a successful career in photography. You’ll explore moving and still image and develop retouching skills, covering genres from fashion to music, sports to food, interiors to celebrity, beauty to travel and more. With opportunities to gain experience on placements with magazines and newspapers such as ‘InStyle’, ‘Mail on Sunday’, ‘The Guardian’, ‘Vanity Fair’ and ‘Vogue’, our graduates stand out from the competition. There is also the chance to work on live briefs from global brands such as Converse, AllSaints, SHOWstudio, lululemon athletica, and Superdry.

You’ll draw on the expertise of experienced lecturers and learn from leading professionals, including photographers who have worked for ‘Vogue’, ‘Tatler’ and Getty Images. You can gain valuable insights through meeting and assisting professional photographers and exhibiting work to high-profile creative employers, in locations such as London, Milan, New York, Shanghai and Vancouver (additional costs may apply, see course page for details). Working in our professional studios, you’ll take advantage of industry-standard cameras, lighting equipment, darkrooms and digital suites, as well as state-of-the-art software such as Capture One Pro, Photoshop and Premiere Pro. The course also benefits from accreditation with ScreenSkills and affiliation with AOP (the Association of Photographers), as well as being awarded AOP's Course of the Year 2021.

Why University of Gloucestershire? We’ve been using our expertise to support and inspire students since 1847. Join us and you will benefit from professional-standard facilities in the beautiful, historic surroundings of Cheltenham and Gloucester. Our vibrant and tight-knit community of over 10,000 students and staff paired with a wide variety of courses means you will have the best of both worlds – a diverse community of sports clubs, societies and activities while also benefiting from specialist lecturers who value you as an individual.

Who Cares? We do. We care about our students and the planet. We listened to what our students value most, turning our prospectus digital and providing opportunities for them to protect the planet and move on to study in an environment that works hard to support future generations. As a result, we’re proud that the University of Gloucestershire has been judged the UK’s most sustainable university.

Our students never tire of finding inspiration here in the dynamic county of Gloucestershire, home to over 45 festivals every year, including 2000trees and the world-famous Cheltenham Literature festival. Many students gain valuable skills and experience working at these events alongside their studies.

After the course Your story with us doesn’t end at graduation. We are proud of our record that 92% of University of Gloucestershire graduates are in work or further study within six months of completing their course*, and throughout your studies we are committed to working with you to develop your future plan.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2021 and based on 2018/19 leavers.

Experience an open day Book yourself a place at a University of Gloucestershire open day at Our open days have been designed to inform you, inspire you, and help you make the right decision about your next step. It’s your chance to see the university for yourself, get a real insight into what we're about and meet your potential course tutors and lecturers. Our friendly student ambassadors will also be on hand to show you round your campus.

To find out more information about this course, visit, email us on [email protected] or call 03330 14 14 14.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 13 graduates of Photography: Editorial and Advertising BA (Hons) at University of Gloucestershire for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Photography.

Overall student satisfaction
81 /100
13 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Photography: Editorial and Advertising BA (Hons) at University of Gloucestershire

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Photography: Editorial and Advertising BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20000 £18500 £22500
25-75 percentile range £16000 - £22000 £14500 - £23000 £15500 - £27500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Photography

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19431 £18108 £21051
25-75 percentile range £16348 - £22989 £13095 - £22569 £15928 - £26889

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Photography: Editorial and Advertising, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Photography: Editorial and Advertising BA (Hons) at University of Gloucestershire

40% Artistic, literary and media occupations
15% Sales occupations
10% Media Professionals
10% Elementary occupations
10% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Administrative occupations
5% Secretarial and related occupations
5% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Pass (C or above on the Core)

Grade 4/C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.0
    • All Degrees

We welcome international students from around the world. Studying in the UK can be a great experience allowing you to meet new people, try new things and experience a new country. Come and join us:
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Tuition Fees Photography: Editorial and Advertising BA (Hons)

EU £15000 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
International £15000 year 1

Additional fee information

Additional costs and fee information can be found at:

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Gloucestershire in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Gloucestershire in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #36 
    • #44 
    Drama, Dance & Cinematics
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

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About University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucester is a university with three campuses, located in Gloucester, England. Two of the campuses are based in Cheltenham, and the other one in Gloucester itself. The Park and Francis Close Hall belong to Cheltenham, while Oxstalls is the name of the Gloucester campus. Each location is used for distinct functions that the university carries out.

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Where is this programme taught

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