13/07/2021

Categories: Media and Photography, Undergradute

What Can You Do With a Photography Degree?

Are you creative, detail orientated and a master of the camera lens? If you love taking photos, a degree in photography could be for you.

What makes a great photographer is a keen eye for detail, excellent visualisation skills, and the ability to appreciate and capture key moments in time. If this sounds like you, the University of Bolton’s BA Hons Photography course could be a great platform for building on your skills.

Our passionate lecturers put you, and your needs first, ensuring they align modules to your personal and professional development. Plus, our dedicated Employability Team is here to support your career ambitions. So wherever you see yourself, you’ll have a supportive and friendly learning environment to thrive in!

Here are some of the photography careers you can pursue after graduation:

Fashion photography

One of the most sought after photography careers is working in fashion. This is a fast-paced role with big demands when it comes to hitting a commercial brief. From super high-end designers that are seen at London Fashion Week to smaller retail brands, there are so many directions to take.

Fashion photographers can work long hours and are required to work in a range of locations, so be prepared to travel.

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Weddings and portraits

Wedding photography is one of the easiest fields to get into, and it’s also very lucrative. The UK wedding industry is worth £14.7 billion and is also made up of over 80% female business owners. If you want to feel empowered in a female-led sector, this is a great one to start your own venture.

Although the wedding sector can be easy to penetrate at the entry-level, experience is key. Shadowing or training under seasoned suppliers is recommended and will help you build your portfolio.

This type of work can be seasonal, so many people in this sector also create studio portraits for families throughout the year.

Press photography

Working for newspapers and magazines can be an exciting way to explore your photography skills, as you never know what you’ll be capturing from day to day. Your work could take you to new places, and you could have a chance to meet people from all over the world.

This is one of the best photography careers to pursue if you love to be in the action and if you want to gain heaps of hands-on experience in a short amount of time.

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Fine art photography

This field of photography is very different to commercial jobs. Instead of working to specific client briefs or fulfilling employer needs, you’ll be creating your own concepts. Fine art photos are a work of art and are meant to be inspiring and beautiful.

For this reason, working in this way can mean a much slower pace, one that suits you, the artist. Although there may be pressures from galleries and agents, there is definitely a sense of freedom that creative free spirits will enjoy.

Wildlife photography

Do you love to travel? Do you thrive when you’re surrounded by nature? Capturing wildlife is one of the most rewarding photography careers, and there’s plenty of room for personal growth.

Most wildlife photographers are self-employed and make between £18,000 and £30,000 a year as a baseline salary, with the potential to make significantly more. Additional income comes from scoring those high-paying gigs, and this will come with experience and reputation.

 

Ready to launch your career in photography? The University of Bolton has been voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction in the North West* for three years running. We provide a friendly and supportive learning environment and puts students’ needs first, so there’s nowhere better to study!

To find out more about applying in September 2021, head over to our BA Hons Photography course page.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

 

*Complete University Guide in 2021, 2020 and 2019

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