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Studying photography enhances your creative, social and cultural understanding while developing your expert technical knowledge about tools, techniques and style

Job options
Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Director of advertising art
Film / video editor
graphic designer
Magazine feature editor
Medical painter
Photographer
Press photographer
Television camera operator
Jobs where your degree will be useful include:

Art therapist
Digital marketer
Media planner
Multimedia specialist
Museum / Gallery Curator
Stylist
Vfx artist
visual merchandiser
Web content manager
Web designer
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't limit your thinking to the jobs listed here.

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Work experience

You will need a portfolio of your work to showcase your ability and style. You can develop it through work experience or volunteering, as well as being involved in university projects, local competitions and final year degree shows.

Degree courses can provide you with opportunities to gain work experience through placements and live briefs. Use these experiences to build a network of contacts that can be helpful in finding work. Participating in industry negotiations can also provide access to contacts.

You may be able to obtain relevant opportunities in image collections, print services, framing services, and photo development centers within pharmacies, supermarkets and department stores.

Interpersonal skills are important for a photography career, so any experience that promotes customer service skills would be useful, as is experience at events, especially social ones, where you can observe the structure and organization, and your photography skills Can practice

There are many online courses and tutorials available that can help you develop skills in photo editing and image processing.

Find placements and learn more about work experience and internships.

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Specific employer
Relevant employers may depend on your specialist area, which may include:

Architectural
Commercial advertising
Document
Fashion
Fine arts
The landscape
picture
Press
Scientific and Medical
sport
the wildlife.
Employers include:

Media organizations such as newspapers, magazines, film and television
Publishing companies
Wedding photographers or high street photography companies
advertising agencies
Design companies
Large organizations such as universities, hospitals, or airports
Cruise liners, leisure and leisure companies and theme parks
Police - For 'crime scene' photography
A large number of photographers are self-employed and work independently.

It is also possible to use your creative skills in marketing and related areas such as digital marketing, advertising, web design, graphic design, publishing and curating, where opportunities exist with a variety of businesses and consultancies. Teaching is another option for photography graduates.

Find out about employers in creative arts and design, marketing, advertising and PR, media and the Internet and other job sectors.

Skills for your cv
Studying photography gives you expertise in sophisticated photography techniques, such as composition, manipulation, editing, processing, color and visual effects, as well as practical skills in relevant techniques.

You learn to curate and display your photography and develop the marketing skills necessary to sell and promote it. You also learn about the major legal, ethical and cultural issues of taking, editing and selling photographic images.

The course allows you to gain confidence in building relationships between the image creator, the subject, and the customer.

In addition, you acquire a range of skills that are highly valued by employers. These include:

Critical, Analytical and Practical Problem Solvers
Taking risks and using failure
Rigorous self-evaluation and critical reflection
Planning, Planning and Time Management
Working independently and collaboratively
Submission
Project Management
Literacy and communication through technical descriptions, reports, essays and a dissertation.

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further study

A number of postgraduate courses related to photography are available in the UK and internationally. These courses can help you develop the skills required for self-employment, or improve employability in a very competitive field.

Some courses focus on learning in a specific area of ​​photography, such as clinical photography or photojournalism, while others typically offer a more in-depth look at photography.

Other areas of postgraduate research, study and training commonly taken by photography graduates include advertising, design, film, editing, journalism, teaching and creative ventures.