Student Member

If you are studying on a photography course of NVQ Level 3 or above (ie above ‘A’ Level) you can join BIPP from £35 per year, while you are studying.

You will receive:

  • Discounts on training
  • Discounts on goods and services
  • The Photographer magazine
  • Regional and national meetings and events
  • Support and networking
  • Competitions and awards

How to Join

Click here to apply online, or please download and complete a copy of the Membership Application Form and either scan and send to or post it to:

The British Institute of Professional Photography
The Artistry House
16 Winckley Square

If you are studying at one of our Approved or Affiliated Colleges (see below), please click here to download and complete the Approved & Affiliate Student Member Scheme Application Form.


BIPP Approved Colleges

Some of the most respected photographic courses in the UK offer their students the opportunity to gain a BIPP professional qualification alongside their academic achievements. If you are a student at a BIPP approved college you are able to receive a reduced membership at £35 per year (while studying).  There is a separate application form for this process that can be found below.

Approved & Affiliate Student Member Scheme Application Form

Work is assessed by the course tutor and BIPP External Assessors. If the assessment is successful then the student will have the potential to leave college with both an academic qualification and professional qualification of Licentiate of the BIPP (LBIPP). In exceptional circumstances work may be recommended to the higher qualification, Associateship of the BIPP (ABIPP). Please speak to your course tutor for further information or call us on 01772 367968

The scheme is currently offered by the following colleges and universities: 

For more information, please contact the relevant college or university.

Any colleges or universities interested in becoming part of this scheme should contact Martin Baynes CEO on 01772 367968

Affiliated Colleges

Although some colleges do not operate under the BIPP Approval Scheme, they do run courses recognised by the BIPP.    

Choosing Photography Courses

There are literally hundreds of photographic courses  available through colleges and universities and other training providers. Creative Skillset has information on training and careers and it's worth taking a look at their site. Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for Creative Media, 

Other than the approved courses at the above colleges & universities, which are assessed, BIPP cannot recommend individual courses. However, always ensure that the course content is relevant to the photography you would like to do afterwards. Also, make sure that the training provider has  'awarding status'. Many offer certificates or distinctions, but they are not official qualifications.