This course encourages you to develop the knowledge and skills required to be a professional photographer. Projects blend creative and technical skills, including the exploration of fashion, reportage and location photography.
You will explore traditional analogue processes and digital technology, experiencing a wide range of photographic methods and techniques. Importantly, the course also looks to enhance your creative use of visual language and wider understanding of photography through a self-directed research project and studies that prepare you for professional work. As you progress through the course, you will be encouraged to choose the direction of your project. This will be supported by individual and group tutorials, seminars, lectures, studio work and practical workshops, where you will work in an experimental and critical environment, learning with an expert course team, and benefiting from visiting lecturers and collaborating with industry practitioners on live projects. Yearly study trips include locations such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Switzerland and South Africa.
Assessment methods include a range of coursework such as practical photographic projects, live client briefs, portfolios, sketchbooks and visual research documents, essays, presentations and final exhibition and professional practice. You will receive formative feedback throughout the projects, facilitating guidance and support of the development of your progress, along with summative feedback at the end of each individual module.
The course is designed to prepare you for employment within the creative industries, where the creative, research and professional skills gained on the course enable a broad range of career possibilities within the creative sector.
Our graduates develop careers in photography and related creative industries including freelance practice, studio, fashion and lifestyle photographers, photojournalism, picture editors, curating, education, retouches and publishing.
Graduate students may progress on to professional employment within photography; or, there is an opportunity for you to progress to the BA (Hons) Visual Arts Top-Up Level 6, validated by the University of Kent at Canterbury College.
48 UCAS tariff points plus GCSE English and Maths at grade 4/C or above.
Delivery is through lectures, seminars and tutorials, normally over three days a week.
Course fees for the 2021/22 academic year are £6000 p.a. FT and £3000 p.a. for UK students. EU students, please contact the department. For further information please refer to guidance from the UK Government and Student Finance England. There may be costs to cover additional materials, gallery/industry visits and exhibiting.
If you have a disability including learning difficulties, mental health or long term illness, you may be eligible to claim an allowance to cover extra costs both academic and personal. This is known as Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and can be applied for through Student Finance at the same time as your student tuition fee and/or maintenance loan. Please refer to UK Government guidance for further information.
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