BA Degree in Film & Photography – Richmond University
  • Tuition Fee

    £9,250.00 (UK/EU)

    £14,500.00 (INT)

    $38,000.00 (US)

  • Duration

    3 Years (Full-time)

    4 Years (Full-time)

    January and September start dates

  • Accreditation

    Richmond University QAA

    Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

  • Location

    Richmond Hill Campus

Programme Overview

If you have always had a passion for film and photography, here is your chance to develop it even further with a BA which will both challenge and inspire you. With a strong focus on practical experience, you will have the freedom to develop your own ideas and approach to film and photography, great preparation for an exciting career in the creative and cultural industries.

The programme begins with an overview of mass media and communications, and an introduction to photography and film. You will explore the international history and theory of filmmaking and photography, looking at the milestones within both industries as well as the pioneers and their key achievements.

Industry-leading guest lecturers will provide their perspective on the exciting worlds of film and photography, provoking discussion and critical thought.

In the second part of this programme, there’s a strong emphasis on the practical as you’ll be specialising in filmmaking, as well as the development of photographic techniques, with a choice of electives from Documentary Theory and Production to Animation and Motion, Scriptwriting to Advanced Digital Video.

The home of many world-leading film production companies and photography studios, London is a fantastic location for this programme and you can do an optional internship with a London-based film or photography company.

By studying with us at Richmond, you’ll gain two degrees through one programme, one from the UK and one from the US.

Top 5 reasons to study this programme:

  • Opportunity to gain both theoretical and practical understanding of filmmaking and photography, giving you the option of a career in either industry
  • Benefit from London’s thriving film industry
  • Learn from highly qualified academics with industry experience and guest lecturers
  • Gain vital work experience through an internship, choose from a wide range of leading international organisations in London, the USA or China
  • Benefit from learning in small classes within an international environment, alongside students from all over the world
  • After you graduate

    Career Paths
    Film Production, Directing, Screenwriting, Photography, Journalism, Teaching, Media, Communications

  • Career Support

    We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment. Work while you study across 5 continents through our partners Connect123 and CRCC Asia with destinations in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

Modules breakdown

3 Years pathway

Core Modules & Electives




Fall Semester

Fall Semester

Fall Semester

Foundations of Mass Media and Communications

Mass Communications and Society

Senior Seminar I

Foundations of Sociology

Cultural Theory

New Media

Foundations of Photography


Publications Layout

Research & Writing I



Creative Expression



Spring Semester

Spring Semester

Spring Semester

Intercultural Communications

Creating Digital Images

Senior Seminar II

Introduction to Visual Culture

Video Production

Senior Project in COM

Scientific Reasoning

Social Research


Quantitative Reasoning



Research & Writing II


Elective OR Internship

4 Years pathway

Core Modules






Foundations of Mass Media and Communications

Intercultural Communications

AVideo Production

New Media

Foundations of Sociology

Introduction to Visual Culture

Creating Digital Images

Senior Seminar 1

Foundations of Business (required for MK/PR strand) / Foundations of Photography (required for MS and MP strands)


Mass Communications and Society

Senior Seminar 2

Transitions I


Cultural Theory

Senior Project in Communications

Transitions II


Social Research

Publications Layout

Quantitative Reasoning


Scientific Reasoning


Creative Expression


Research and Writing I


QFC Level 3 Elective









Plus three of the following:

Plus 1 of the following:

Plus 5 of the following OR Internship and 3 of the following:


The Language of Art

Photography: Theory and Practice



Worlds of Music

American Television Drama

Communication Design: Type


Introduction to Advertising Practice

Mainstream Cinema: Studies in Genre

Web Design


Communications for PR and Advertising

Adaptations: Literature and Cinema

Communication Design: Image


Sonic Media Production

Gender in Film

Animation and Motion


Contemporary London Performance (MP and MS strands only)*


PR and Self-Presentation in the Media


Writing Science Fiction (MP and MS strands only)*

Feature Writing

World Internship in Communications (6 CREDITS)


Rich World, Poor World

Plus 4 FHEQ Level 5 Electives

Internship in Communications (6 CREDITS)


Introduction to Film Studies


Transnational Cinema


Film in the Americas


Advanced Digital Video


History of Fashion


Documentary Theory and Production


Introduction to Writing for the Media


International Cinema


Introduction to the Business of Fashion


From Script to Screen


Gender and Culture


Global News Analysis


Plus all of the following:


Research and Writing II


Plus 4 FHEQ Level 4 Electives


3 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

A Level: 3 C’s or equivalent*

*All other equivalent eligible transfer credits will be determined by Admissions.

4 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

A Level: 96 UCAS points

US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)

International Baccalaureate: 24 IB points (year 1) BTEC National Diploma: MMM.

Completion of Year 12-13 International equivalent secondary school qualification with a minimum grade average of grade of C including mathematics and English

English Language Requirements (Non Native English Speakers)



Validity Period

IELTS (Academic)

5.5 with 5.5 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing

2 Years


72 with 17 Listening, 18 in Reading, 17 Writing, 20 Speaking

2 Years

Pearson Test of English

51 with 51 in each component

2 Years

First, Advanced, Proficiency – taken after January 2015

162 overall (no less than 162 in each component)

No Expiry

Cambridge First: Advantage, Proficiency – taken before January 2015

Cambridge First: Grade B overall (No less than B in any component)

No Expiry


Cambridge Advanced: Grade C (no less than C in any component) less than C in any component)

No Expiry


Cambridge Proficiency: Level C1 certificate

No Expiry

How to apply

You apply directly using the Common Application ($50.00) or the Richmond online Application. In order to submit your application you will need the following information

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • A personal statement – this can either be emailed as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
  • An electronic copy of your in process or completed high school (secondary school) transcript and graduation certificate

When to apply

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you are completing your undergraduate programme of study. In this case you will be offered a place that is conditional on successfully completing a specified qualification and English language qualification if applicable. If you would like your application to be considered for a Richmond bursary, an early application is strongly recommended

Application process

Admission is by interview unless you live outside the UK when we may interview you via Skype or by telephone. We may also determine your suitability on the basis of their application and qualifications alone. Find out more about applying.

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UCAS Course Code

3 year pathway


4 year pathway


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Full Time 3-4 Years

Including one year at QCF Level 3
(subject to credit transfer)

Contact our admissions team for more details:

Please note: Non US students are eligible

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What our students say…

My degree in BA Communications, which I received from Richmond in 2010, prepared me for a career in Journalism. While studying at Richmond, I was able to intern with the Patriot-News and after graduation I received a job offer as a freelancer and ultimately moved into a full time position.

Richmond introduced me to diverse background of people and cultures and broadened my horizons, which is important for every journalist. It honed my writing and encouraged me to explore new things, whether it was creating an online news program or writing a student government’s constitution.

My advice for future journalists is to get an internship and then prove your best skills while interning. Connect with other professionals in your field and expand your network. Constantly work on your portfolio and maintain a blog. Showing that you are aware of trending tech and are social media savvy is incredibly important.

Julia HatmakerBA Degree in Communications

Where to find us

Richmond Hill Campus

Queen’s Road
TW10 6JP

+44 (0) 208 332 8200 (Main Switchboard)