Start date
September 2020
Full Time: 3 years
Part Time: 6 years
Full Time: 3 years
Part Time: 6 years
Tuition fees
Full Time: GBP 6900 per year
Payment by installments is possible
BA (Hons) Photography
About the course
The BA (Hons) Photography Programme is designed for students who wish to work towards a career in photography or related creative industries. Students will explore and evolve their own photographic vision through practice and a structured and negotiable programme of workshops, seminars, lectures and work experience opportunities. Critical enquiry, experimentation and risk-taking are encouraged within an informed and broad-based cultural context, which includes photographic histories, theories and contemporary practices.

BA (Hons) Photography programme is validated by University of Hertfordshire.

The programme prepares students for employment in a range of photographic professions exploring the established photographic genres, encompassing commercial client-led practices or personally defined fine art practice, as well as related fields of employment such as production, picture editing, curating and gallery management.

Graduates will become competent practitioners in photographic processes including both analogue and digital technologies; be conversant with the history of photography and critically aware, being able to evaluate, discuss and analyze the photographic image and the cultural contexts in which it operates. They will have knowledge and understanding of the contemporary world and the key issues and debates, such as internationalization and globalization, the debates concerning the veracity of both image and message, emerging technologies and digital media consumption that are shaping the future of the profession.
Students are encouraged to be ambitious and self-motivated, to understand the importance of collaboration and networking opportunities and to have a flexible approach to problem solving.

What makes the programme unique
Oour tutors
Our tutors — both Russian and foreign — are hands-on photographers, artists and curators. The studying process includes master classes and workshops in various formats — from one-time lectures to continuous series of practical workshops.
Only BA (Hons) Photography programme in Russia
The course places emphasis on transforming students into hands-on photographers — graduated specialists who can work both on commercial shoots in advertising, fashion industry and magazines and deepen into documentary or art photography upon graduation.
More than just photographers
Course graduates prepares multi-skilled specialists who will be in high demand on photography market. Graduated will be enabled to build a successful career in photography-related professional fields such as multimedia projects, editorial business, photo editing, supervising art projects, etc.
Equipped photo studios
Digital and analogue photography studios are equipped with the most advanced photo gear: table for shooting small objects, scanner for analogue film, infrared and radio-synchronizers, flash meters, various paper backgrounds and a wide range of lightning equipment.
Analogue photography labs
Two specialized labs are equipped with everything one might need for analogue printing and film development: professional photo magnifiers, lenses for non contact printing, boxes for processing films and prints, drying box as well as other devices.
Field trips
Students gain valuable experience of work with photo gear during field trips and photoshoots outside the School. This allows them to master various techniques related to working with «regime» light. The last study year is devoted to preparing students' professional portfolio as well as to working on the final project.
Student final degree shows
The climax of the educational process is the display of works at the final degree show, where representatives of the industry are invited. This is a great opportunity for students to make a statement and get acquainted with the professional community.
Modern IT services and equipment rental
Students have more that 600 computers and licensed photography software at their hand for post-production purposes. Additional photo gear can be rented for free at the School rental service.
International Diploma
BHSAD graduates will receive a University of Hertfordshire Diploma that will allow them to continue studies or work anywhere in the world.
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Programme Structure
Year 1: Modules
Following an induction week, you will learn the core areas of analogue and digital photography and digital image processes. This includes sessions on lighting, shooting in the studio and on location, digital work flow and how to retouch and manipulate images, technical theory and use of the darkroom. This is accompanied by group projects and presentations of studio/ location work. The study of the history and theories of photography gives you a foundation to your photography practice both in class sessions and through written work. You complete the first year with an emerging independent photography practice which relates to contemporary professional photography.

Core modules:

  • Photography Practices 30 credits
  • Digital Environment 30 credits
  • Photography: Histories and Cultures (C&CS) 30 credits
  • Experimental Projects 30 credits
Programme Specification
Year 2: Modules
During year two, you begin to define who you are as a photography practitioner, and to identify your professional goals. You respond to assignments and negotiated projects by considering professional concerns such as markets, audiences, clients and users of the photography industry. Advanced photography and digital imaging skills are taught through lectures, demonstrations, workshop sessions and studio practice. This stage also introduces and develops your professional awareness and provides an opportunity to experience a ‘live’ working environment through regular contact with influential professional photographers. There is scope for work experience and study abroad in Europe or further afield.

Core modules:

  • Professional Development 30 credits
  • Photography Assignments 30 credits
  • Photography: Application and Cultures (C&CS) 30 credits
  • Negotiated Photography Projects 30 credits
Year 3: Modules
In the final year you develop a professional portfolio of photography with which to launch your career. The portfolio will show your professional versatility by including client led work alongside a self directed work which demonstrates personal vision, media expertise and high professional standards. You also write a dissertation or a report which identifies an area of contemporary professional practice relevant to your work. A key part of your final year study is learning how to operate as a freelancer, interact with clients and approach potential employers. This culminates in the presentation of your portfolio in the degree exhibition which is open to invited media industry employers and the public.

Core modules:

  • Professional Portfolio 30 credits
  • Photography L6 Degree Essay / Report 30 credits
  • Enterprise and Employability in the Photographic Industries 15 credits
  • Concepts and Planning 15 credits
  • Degree Major Project 30 credits
Student works
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Renata Garipova
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Valentina Rozhkova
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Stasya Kleischmidt
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Maxim Ivanov
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Renata Garipova
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Sasha Lazareva
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Anna Lobanova
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How to apply
Entry exams
Applicants who apply for Year 1 of British higher education courses, need to sit the following:

- English exam
- Portfolio assessment
- Entry interview

During the admission exams, the admissions staff will arrange a convenient date and time for demonstration of portfolio and interview, after that, the matriculant will be allowed to pass the English test. 

English test is not required for students from English-speaking countries or if an IELTS or equivalent certificate is produced. For international students we can organise skype entry interviews. In such cases the portfolio can be sent via email.
Required level of English
IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent certificate). Along with the IELTS results, the following certificates are also accepted:

- CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) grade C or above;
- FCE (First Certificate in English) grade A.

If a prospective student does not have an IELTS certificate of the required level but successfully passed BHSAD English test as part of BHSAD entrance exams, he/she needs to obtain an IELTS certificate before the start of the first semester on Year 1.
Required portfolio
The range of work in your portfolio should cover a broad spectrum of media, materials and approaches. Projects may be submitted in different disciplines including but not limited to graphics, drawing, painting, textile, photography, decorative art, design, web-design, animation. First of all, the admission committee would like to see how you can generate and develop your ideas; that is why, besides finished projects, the portfolio should also include notebooks with sketches, sketchbooks, written works (articles, essays, if any). Please try to present examples of the best and most recent projects which reflect your creative abilities. Your portfolio needs to be printed (А3 format or larger). Animation and CG works should be presented on CDs or memory sticks. It advisable to show photographs of large works which otherwise would be difficult to transport.
Interview procedure
Prospective students will be asked questions regarding their education and professional background in order to make a final decision about admission on to the course. Please be ready to tell the interview panel about yourself, your design experience and projects in your portfolio. 

You may be asked about the history of creation of a particular work and the context of its creation. The panel may ask you about well-known designers to learn about the influence of creative activities of other designers and artists on you, the reason why you follow them and the main incentive for your development in terms of your occupation.
Admission requirements
Exam schedule will be announced in spring 2020.
How to enrol
To enrol on the course, applicants have to present a portfolio of their work and evidence of their English language competence. A grade 6.0 or higher on the IELTS scale is acceptable and the CAE and FCE qualifications are considered. If the applicant cannot produce a certificate, their English is tested together with prospective students who are applying for the Foundation Art & Design Course. However, the applicant must provide the IELTS certificate later on, by particular deadline. 

Enrollment is based on the results of a portfolio assessment and an interview with one of the tutors. The applicant's knowledge and skills reflected in their work should be comparable to the knowledge and skills students acquire at Foundation level. Interviews and portfolio assessments are usually scheduled in the 3 days followed by the language test.

Transfer to Year 2 will be possible only if a student attended a higher education institution which uses a credit-based system. For these purposes, the number of previously received credits is compared with the number of credits which is necessary for transfer to the relevant stage of a British undergraduate course.
Required documents
- Online application form
- Copy of previous education certificates and academic qualifications. The following documents can be submitted: high school diploma, college degree diploma, higher education or BA diploma
- 2 photos 3х4 cm
- Copy of your passport
- Personal statement
Tuition fees
Full-time: GBP 6,650 / year*

Students as a rule pay their tuition fees once a semester, that is, twice a year, but at their request can choose to pay on a monthly basis.

You will be expected to meet additional costs which may arise as a result of materials, art supplies and consumables you may need for your projects, as well as printing and copying services and other types of services and consumables. Their list and the amount of costs depends upon the requirements of your course and the nature of your projects. Additionally during your time at BHSAD you may be recommended to visit museums, art galleries and other venues as part of your learning and there may be a cost for such visits which you should also budget for. 

Below is the list of materials and supplies which BHSAD students use most frequently and which are likely to be among those you may need: 

A3 or A4 hardback sketchbook, A2 or A3 portfolio case with ringbound plastic sleeves, HB pencils and rubber, UHU glue, Pritt stick, PVA glue, small lined notepads, spray mount, masking tape, sellotape, double sided tape, invisible scotch tape, scalpel with replaceable blades, basic set of acrylic paints, coloured pencils, basic set of drawing pencils, highlighter, assorted brushes, writing pen, fine line drawing pens, small plastic ruler etc.

Please note that this list is indicative and given for your reference only. Full list will depend upon your project and the range of materials and techniques which you may wish to adopt.

* This proposal does not constitute an offer, the prices are subject to change. Cost of services and conditions of their provision will be specified in the contract.

Success stories
Success stories
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How can I apply?
Applicants need to provide the following documents:

- online application form
- copy or the original of previous education certificates and academic qualifications.
- 2 photos 3×4
- copy of your passport

After the necessary documents are provided you need to sign the contracts. For applicants under 18 presence of one of the parents is required. More details about the application process can be found in the “How to apply” section of the website.
What is the language of delivery?
The education at BHSAD is provided by an international team of lecturers but the working language is always English for our British programmes.

BA (Hons) Photography

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