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What can I do with my degree in Photography?

Skills gained


As well as subject-specific knowledge and skills, a graduate in photography will typically have gained:

  • problem solving skills that allow differing kinds of learning to be applied to shifting contexts or frameworks to develop analytical techniques that can be used in many types of employment
  • team-working skills that allow the collaborative generation of ideas, proposals solutions and arguments
  • decision-making skills for thinking in a divergent and independent way when observing, investigating or visualising ideas towards a material outcome, as well as handling ambiguous or uncertain situations through anticipation and adaptation to change, able to take personal responsibility in complex or unpredictable circumstances
  • organisational skills to monitor and achieve a balance between intention, process and outcome
  • commercial awareness skills that allow resourcefulness and entrepreneurial practice and self-promotion as an emerging photographer
  • creative thinking skills in ideas development and imaginatively using materials, media technologies, methods and a variety of tools while observing good working practices
  • research skills that allow independence during study or goal setting, as well as dealing with workloads and deadlines
  • leadership skills in analysing information and experiences effectively, delegating roles and directing individuals and groups of people
  • persuasion, influence and negotiating skills when effectively interacting and collaborating collectively with others, visual or oral articulating, or using spoken presentation to communicate ideas, information, writing or work to audiences from across a range of different situations
  • research and critical thinking skills when sourcing, navigating, selecting, retrieving, evaluating, manipulating and managing information
  • IT skills when selecting and employing information technologies

This is not an exhaustive list of skills - you will develop many skills from your course, extra-curricular activities and work experience. You can find out more about the skills employers look for and how you can develop them here.


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Last Updated: 10/06/2021