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BA (Hons) Commercial Photography and Digital Media (Full-Time)

The BA (Hons) Commercial Photography and Digital Media degree programme emphasises the creative use of photography and other lens based media across a wide range of subject areas and applications.

The course encourages the exploration of contemporary practice and includes critical and contextual modules. Traditional techniques and practices are investigated alongside digital practice and output.

This is a visual communication course structured to provide a route into employment in creative media, photography and associated industries.

Individual project briefs are designed to enable learners to achieve their full potential using technical and critical skills relevant to their specific pathways. The BA helps prepare learners for a career in the design industry, through the development of design skills, technical and professional expertise.

Typical Course Structure

  • Conceptualisation
  • Historical and Contextual Studies 1
  • Materials Processes/Theory (generic)
  • Digital Workshop Practices
  • Brand Identity and Design for Audiences
  • Specialist Practice    
  • Landscape Photography
  • Advertising Imaging & Output
  • Technical Change & Cultural Continuity
  • Fashion Photography
  • Portrait Photography
  • Editorial Image Making
  • Historical and Contextual Studies 2
  • Marketing an Arts Business
  • Final Major Project Preparation
  • Business Practice
  • Final Major Project Reflective Evaluation
  • Final Major Project

Study Details

Students will study on the Lincoln College Christ's Hospital Terrace Campus for the full duration of the course. Full-time, three years.

Christ's Hospital Terrace is a Grade 2 listed building located in close proximity to Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the building is accessible, there are known difficulties for students who require the use of a wheelchair. It is therefore recommended that potential applicants contact the course team to arrange for a more detailed needs assessment to be conducted. 

View the HE Student Handbook

What Our Students Say

“The course offers so much, the chance to be able to learn new skills and extended the ones you have as well as develop your own style/area you want to go into with the support of the tutors. Everything I learned throughout the lessons gave me what I needed to create my final photos for the last brief of uni. I can also say after I graduated, I went on to be a self-employed photographer.” 

Rowan Campbell, graduated in 2019

 Rowan Campbell

What Our External Examiners Say

“This programme offers an excellent introduction into the world of creative commercial photographic practice ...” Oliver Cameron-Swan, External Examiner

“The teaching and learning is strong, all students receive a high level of support and nurturing ... assessments is thorough and constructive ... all students perform to a very high standard.” Ben Nolan, University of Hull

Some of Our Students' Past Work

Our Facilities

Including photography studio and darkroom and HE CHT Common Room

Chat With Our Students and Staff Online With Unibuddy

At Lincoln College Higher Education, we know how important it is to have the opportunity to learn from current students by being able to connect online.

Our online platform, unibuddy, is a free and easy way to allow you to message our friendly student unibuddy ambassadors to ask any questions you might have and start a conversation. Get involved today and start chatting:

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How to Apply

This course is validated by the University of Hull. The validating institution is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the programme. Students on validated courses are OfS registered, funded and taught at Lincoln College and it is the responsibility of the College to manage all aspects of this provision. The validating institution maintains an oversight of the programme throughout the academic year and must be satisfied that students are being taught in line with the required academic standards of the awarding institution. For full details and information of the responsibilities and conditions of study of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the Policies section.

University of Hull

A minimum of 72 UCAS Tariff points from:

  • GCE A and AS Levels with at least one subject at A Level 
  • BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • T Levels
  • Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher


  • GCSE English – Grade C/4 or above
  • GCSE Maths – Grade C/4 or above

*For mature applicants, some experience may be taken in lieu of A Levels/BTECs

EU and International Applicants

  • ENIC confirmed equivalent of 72 UCAS points

  • IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 student visa.

Other Entry Requirements

  • Successful interview

The assessment methods typically used throughout the programme include:

  • Practical Assessments
  • Coursework Portfolios
  • Written Assessments


Graduates from this programme could enter into a wide range of careers within the creative industries including roles such as film making and production, TV broadcasting and freelance photography. Graduates may also continue their studies at postgraduate level.

Per Academic Year

  • Home Students - £8,500
  • International Students - £9,500

Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.

Additional Course Costs

  • Royal Photographic Society student membership - currently £60
  • Studio and materials fees - £50 (optional)
  • Visit to London (exhibitions, rail fare) (optional) - £50
  • Visit to NEC Birmingham (trade show/conference) (optional) - £30

Please see the full ‘HE Terms and Conditions’ for details of additional library and printing costs associated with this programme.

Additional compulsory course costs can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. The scheme allows students to access the bursary (up to a maximum value of £500 for full-time or £250 part-time students) for additional optional courses, workshops, professional memberships and resources. There is no cash alternative. Students who wish to access opportunities in excess of the Career Degree Bursary may do so at full cost to themselves.

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Our upcoming Higher Education (HE) Open Days are listed on the Open Days webpage. Please register your place via the Eventbrite links listed. 

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Additional Support

If you have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and feel that you may need support, for example with your application or visiting us at an Open Day, please contact or call 01522 876225 to discuss your needs. This service is confidential.

Key Facts



Duration:3 Years

Start Date:September 2024

Location:Christ's Hospital Terrace

UCAS Course Code:W640