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Courses accredited by the AOP

The Association has a number of accredited courses run by a number of colleges/universities across the UK, a list of which is below.

Each link takes you direct to the college/university website, under each link is the name of the course(s) that are accredited.

Where a course is accredited it has been assessed by us as meeting the relevant criteria in terms of reinforcing best practice and incorporating key elements of Beyond The Lens.
Where a course is just listed, it has not been approved in this manner and is simply included to reflect the scope of education offered by an institution.


There are a lot of colleges/universities around the UK offering photography courses. All college/university courses accredited by the AOP have a fair student copyright policy, which means you own the copyright to your own work and if the college/university wants to use one or more of your images, then the image(s) is licenced from you. Please be aware not all colleges/universities operate this policy and the AOP considers this extremely bad practice.

We cannot state strongly enough that before making a decision about which college/university to study at, you consider the value and importance of your copyright. Start as you mean to go on.

Arts University Bournemouth

Amersham & Wycombe College

Bradford College

Canterbury Christ Church University

City of Bristol College

City of Glasgow College

Edinburgh College

London Metropolitan University (The Cass)

Middlesex University

Newcastle College

Northbrook College Sussex

Norwich University of the Arts

Nottingham Trent University

Ravensbourne University

Southampton Solent University

Staffordshire University

University for the Creative Arts (Rochester & Farnham)

University of Cumbria

University of Derby

University of East London

University of Hertfordshire

University of Northampton

University of Roehampton

University of The West England

Wiltshire College Salisbury

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