BA (Hons) Creative Industries (Photography) (Top Up)

The BA (Hons) Creative Industries (Photography) course gives students the professional skills needed for a career in today’s varying photographic industries. This one year top-up award is for students who have already spent two years on a relevant photographic course or industry-related award, and will ensure that your skills and intellectual abilities are raised to the level expected of a full Honours degree student.

This Photography course is industry orientated and involves extensive group project work, which will focus on the development of industry related products. You will be based in our Cardiff campus and have plenty of opportunity to collaborate with your fellow students in photographic practices, design and research. This approach will bring together expertise from theatre, sound, radio, television, film, journalism, interactive media, design and more.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
W643 Full-time 1 Year September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
W643 Full-time 1 Year September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

You will be taught how to market yourself in preparation for a career in industry, with regular exposure to creative and cultural networking events and talks from industry forming an inherent part of your studies.

The Photography course content has been specifically developed in conjunction with leading creative and technical practitioners in the creative industries. The nature of the course blends the practical and theory elements with a strong emphasis on vocational studies and the production of digital content in order to provide ideal preparation for a career in industry after graduation.


  • Creative Industries Business Marketing
  • Photographic Major Project
  • Photography Themes and Issues


There are varied approaches to teaching, including practical studio-based workshops, tutorials, seminars and lectures. Because we have such a strong hands-on approach, there is an emphasis on practical assessments and group work.

This top-up Photography award features a significant workshop and teamwork element that is assignment-based and regularly assessed, thus ensuring your skills are continually being developed.


Course assessment is through regular coursework submissions, in addition to examinations in some areas.


Our facilities are equipped with the latest industry-standard software and hardware, which will enhance your employability within the creative industries whatever your chosen career path.

Applicants for this award must have successfully completed a Foundation Degree. Equivalent level qualifications may also be accepted for entry onto this award.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

Apply now 

Admissions statement

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.