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Photography at Solent

Photography is a rewarding career that covers everything from family portraits and fashion to product photography and art exhibitions, amongst many other areas – it can be highly varied in the studio or on location.

Composing the perfect picture is an art form that can be expressed to tell a story through light and technology. With awareness of photography history and building on historical methods and visual exploration to evolve techniques, at Solent you can embrace technology through digital equipment as well as traditional film.

Throughout the course you will be supported to develop your creative, imaginative and critical abilities, guided by a teaching team who have a mix of commercial, artistic and academic backgrounds.

You can join a creative community and collaborate with students across many other courses including film, TV and fashion.

Courses are supported by a programme of industry guest speakers, which in the past has included appearances by Richard Billingham, Catherine Yass, Charlotte Cotton, Ori Gersht, Brian Dillon, Peter Fraser, Dan Holdsworth, Chrystel Lebas, Jeremy Millar, Sophy Rickett, Margaret Salmon and Tom Hunter.

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BA (Hons) Fashion Photography

Bring your unique style and photographic vision to the world of editorial fashion to push the boundaries of fashion image-making.

BA (Hons) Photography

Focus your creative vision and develop your ideas using a range of large and medium format cameras, digital editing suites and even traditional film processing facilities.


Course facilities include an extensive media loans programme, providing access to high-end DSLR cameras, an extensive range of lenses, studios and traditional film processing.

Students have access to high-end DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5D MKIV, an extensive range of lenses (including many ‘L’ series and Prime lenses), 35mm cameras, medium format cameras (645, 6x7 and 6x9), large format 5x4 cameras and lenses, and a full stock of accessories – light meters, tripods, flash guns, remote-controlled boom-mounted flash systems and more. You’ll also have access to our digital reprographics lab, featuring commercial-standard and large-format printers, flatbed scanners, three Hasselblad drum scanners scanning up to 5x4 size, and a colour-calibrated ProMac-based reprographic suite. Our recently rebuilt colour and black-and-white darkrooms are of the highest industry standards, and students can also freely use our in-house colour film-processing machine. Additionally, we have finishing and film-processing rooms, a modern multimedia lab featuring iMacs with Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro, plus large professional photographic studios and associated make-up and styling rooms.

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