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Accredited Course
For photography, image-making and film courses, which include professional practice as set out in our publication, Beyond The Lens, in your curriculum.

Benefits of accrediting your photography course:

  • Recognition as one of the leading photography courses accepted for accreditation to the AOP
  • Listing in our AOP Accredited Course directory, with a direct link to your home page and course information
  • Free AOP Student membership, for all students enrolled on the accredited course
  • Free AOP Access membership for each of your teaching, technical or admin staff members
  • One free specialist copyright/licensing or introduction to business practice talk from our AOP business and legal adviser * normally £420 (inc. VAT) for non-accredited courses
    (PLEASE NOTE: We will make a charge for travel expenses at cost, in all cases)
  • Annual meeting for programme leaders and tutors
  • Online forum space for all AOP Accredited Courses' programme staff to discuss and share information 
  • 70% off AOP Accredited Photographer membership - a 'lite' version for full-time/permanent lecturers teaching on the accredited course, including eligibility to enter the Awards **
  • Your first 3 copies of Beyond The Lens free. Further copies can be bought at: up to 9 copies at £20 each, or more than 9 copies at £15 each
  • Discounted copies of the AOP Photographers Awards Book, normally £30
  • Tickets to the Photographers Awards event at members' discount

 All these benefits for just £594.00 p.a. (inc. VAT) worldwide.

 *A second talk during the academic year can be booked for only £175 plus travel expenses plus VAT.

**does not include a 'Find A Photographer' profile, nor Professional Indemnity cover (up to £250,000). These benefits can be purchased for a fee of £81.00 (inc. VAT). You must apply with your institution email address.

For more information contact the AOP office at

Criteria and Terms and Conditions of Membership

Our Accredited Course membership is able to provide support and industry expertise to photography courses at BTEC, HND, FdA and Batchelor (BA/BSc) level or higher (such as MA), as long as the course can provide evidence that its content responds to the current demands in advertising, fashion and editorial photography.

Institutions must integrate substantial elements of our publication, Beyond the Lens, into the course teaching structure, usually as part of any Professional Practice/Professional Development (PDP) module(s).

If your institution offers additional courses related to image-making and photographic practice, we can offer a package to accredit those courses too. Please get in touch with us to discuss.

To become an AOP Accredited Course, the institution must:

  • Hold a fair copyright policy as applicable to their students and not seek to take any IP from them.
  • Demonstrate a satisfactory provision of lens-based and/or electronic imaging and wish to seek a stronger liaison and involvement with the professional photographic industry.
  • Pass an approximately 3-4-hour assessment visit of the on-site facilities, including studios, digital suites, dark-rooms, and the library. We would also like to talk to current students and teaching staff on the course. Chargeable at £175.00 plus travel expenses.

By joining, you commit to a minimum term of membership of 12 months. This will be renewed automatically on its anniversary unless you give one calendar month's notice to the AOP, in writing to Membership will continue on a rolling basis until such time as you decide to cancel.
You also commit to abide by the AOP Members' Charter and Code of Practice, which can be found here.

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