Foundation Degree in Photography
A broad-based course designed to prepare students for a career in commercial photography, fine art, photojournalism, picture editing, picture research, curating and exhibition organisation, photography writing and criticism.
Photography has an ever increasing role within our culture, through an array of applications and uses. This programme is structured to provide a solid overview and understanding of the subject area, with the opportunity to specialise in practical research projects and develop links with relevant photographic theory. As such, you will gain hands-on experience with both traditional and digital processing techniques and work with a variety of formats and equipment.
FdA Photography Modules offered:
This module will explore contexts that have a bearing onart and design and will develop the student’sability to write reports and essays. It will develop student’s communication, research and analysis skills as well as increase their skills and confidence to present their ideas to an audience.
Lectures, seminars andtutorials will familiarise students with the higher education learning environment. Students willdevelop skills central to their programme and they will be encouraged to reflect on their learning.
Two modules are chosen from the following:
Of particular interest to both photography and graphic design students, this module will introduce learners to a range of photographic materials, techniques and terminology and go on to explore the medium in relation to its use in advertising. Prior experience is not a requirement, as individuals will receive a thorough introduction to the photography darkrooms and studios, practising both analogue and digital photography. This will be followed by a series of short projects, where students will explore the use of photography in relation to advertising briefs or concepts.
Through a series of practical workshops based around a set theme or brief, this module will introduce students to the materials, techniques and terminology of a range of printmaking processes, including Relief Printing, Monoprint, Linocut, Drypoint, Etching, Screenprint and Letterpress. This all takes place in our well-equipped Printmaking Studio, and is suitable for art or design students that enjoy working with process-based approaches to developing 2D visual language and imagery.
Based in our Printmaking workshop, this is a practical module aimed at developing students’ technical and creative skills in printmaking with particular reference to illustration. Working from a set brief, learnerswill explore their illustration ideas and designs in relation to the specific qualities of printmaking techniques such as Linocut, Drypoint, Etching and Screenprint. This will give individuals the opportunity to see how theirideas develop and communicate when processed through different media.
This module introduces students to a range of basic skills and creative and technical processes in the use and manipulation of wood, metal and plastics. Based in our 3D workshops, through demonstrations, lectures and practical work students will produce a series of material and process samples, as well as learning about the safe working practice and health and safety that underpins all such activity. The study of historical and contemporary examples of work by other artists and designers will also inform the use and understanding of materials in relation to the making and design process.
This studio based module introduces learners to the communication and development of three-dimensional design through the use of visual language. This includes drawing, photography, rendering and visual presentation techniques as well producing models and maquettes for concepts and prototypes. Design thinking and development techniques are also examined and will help students build a sound design methodology as well as an understanding of basic design principles. IT facilities will also be used in later sessions to reinforce and develop previous learning on the module.
This module provides a structured introduction to digital photography and image manipulation. Based in the Mac suite, students will learn photographic and digital ‘post production’ techniques, developing high quality images through manipulation and enhancement to open up a range of creative possibilities in creating ‘hyper-real’, ‘painterly’ or artificially enhanced images. It is not a requirement to take this module, but for those with previous experience of it, there will also be opportunity to apply any previous knowledge of analogue photography to digital processes.
This module introduces learners to the materials and techniques associated with garment construction. It is a practical, workshop-based module, where students will be introduced to the skills, techniques, equipment and materials associated with flat pattern cutting and modeling on the stand, as well as learning how to produce seams, pockets, fastenings and collars. Students will produce a finished pattern from a block that they will then use to make a toile, or test garment. At the end of the workshops individuals will then have the chance to incorporate their learning into the design of a garment.
Based in our Knit and Print workshop this module provides an opportunity to engage with a range of creative and technical textiles processes. Through workshops and demonstrations, students will experiment with traditional and new textile methods and techniques and carry out investigation and exploration through sampling and experimentation with the creative application of colour resist, knit and embellishment, culminating in the production of a collection of textile design samples.
Delivered in our dedicated drawing studio, this module is designed to introduce students to materials, techniques and processes in relation to the act and language of drawing. Working from a range of sources, including the life model, it is intended to extend and strengthen skills and general knowledge of the subject, as well as develop an inventive approach to how individuals can apply drawing to their particular discipline. Students will also study the language of drawing through examination of historical and contemporary examples of work by other artists and designers.
Of particular interest to photographers and graphic designers, this studio and IT based module will introduce students to the knowledge, skills and visual language of commercial print media. Students will investigate the use of print technologies in packaging, signage, corporate identity, advertising, mailing, point of sale and aspects of publishing. Through studio work individuals will practice the design of grids for documents or posters; work with typography as both text and image; explore the potential of photography and word interpretation and use narrative strategies in the organization of information. The module will culminate in the use of computer software to construct a paper-based document in relation to a set brief.
This is a workshop-based module open to all students who have an interest in developing their 3D process and making skills. It will introduce students to the visual language of sculpture and a basic range of associated materials, such as wood, metal and plaster. Students will also explore the practical concerns involved in processing, manipulating and combining those materials. As a focus for producing work, emphasis will be on the generation and development of ideas through a series of practical challenges that use particular materials and techniques.
Students will identify a professional direction and split into specialist pathways focusing on ideas of space, site and locality in order to explore the specifics of place, the idea of audience and participation, agency, the local and the global.
Through lectures, seminars and tutorials students will reflect on their individual learning and critical judgements and will develop an understanding of their future photographic career.
Through lectures, seminars and tutorials students will focus on the development of their personal direction, thereby contextualising their practice in relation to current art and design theories and debates.
Working in one of our Mac suites, students will create and refine a dedicated website for their own photographic practice. This will be through a combination of digital workshop activity and analysis of current commercial practice and theoryin web communication, with specific reference to dedicated creative websites. Students will be introduced to the web design skills they need to construct their site and establish a personal, professional identity, resulting in the practical and effective communication of their work online.
This is a contextual studies module composed of lectures and seminars intended to further develop learner’s understanding of photographic history and the different contexts it which it can be considered. This will typically include topics such as, creative and applied approaches to photography; image properties such as truth and fiction; the photograph as a virtual entity rather than a physical object; the photograph as a collectable item that we compile and archive, buy and sell, frame and display in museums and galleries. As part of this module students will also produce a piece of written work and a give a presentation on a set topic or theme.
Students will produce a major body of practical work which will synthesise their learning on the programme and will culminate in an exhibition.
Students who successfully complete the FdA Photography Foundation Degree can go on to the final year of the BA (Hons) in Photography.Students who successfully complete the Foundation degree can go on to the final year of the BA (Hons) in Photography.
This course prepares students for careers in commercial photography (including product, fashion, food and illustration photography), fine art, photojournalism, picture editing, picture research, curating and exhibition organisation, photography writing and criticism.
From the Foundation Degree students may be eligible to progress on to the third year of an Honours degree course. Students graduating from the Honours degree could progress to further study at postgraduate level such as an MA.
Portfolio of artwork supported by 64 UCAS points* gained from study on Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or level 3 Diploma in an art related subject or 2 A Levels (one in photography) along with 3 GCSEs (grade A*-C) including English language, or an Art and Design Foundation Year. Students without formal qualifications but with appropriate portfolio of artwork/ work experience, will be considered. All applicants are formally interviewed.
*2017-18 UCAS Tariff
Applying for a Full-Time Degree-Level course
If you would like to apply for any of Colchester Institute’s Degree Level courses, your method of application will differ depending on whether you want to apply for a full-time or part-time version of your chosen course. If you are applying full-time, you will need to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), which is a UK-based charity whose main role is providing the application process for almost all British universities.
The service cost £23 for a multi application and £12 for a single application in 2016, however it is possible this may increase for 2017 applicants. Each course has a unique “course code” that you will need to make note of and use during your applciation. You can find out more information and sign up to the service here. The UCAS code for Colchester Institute is CINST C75.
Applying for a Part-Time Degree-Level course
All part-time degree-level courses are not offered through UCAS, and must be applied for directly through Colchester Institute. For this you will need to fill in and return to us as soon as possible. This application form can be downloaded here, quoting the relevant course code:
For further information about our degree-level courses click here.
Applying as a Full-Time International Student (EU & Overseas)
Applications for Higher Education courses from International Students must also be made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications can be made on-line from any country via the UCAS website at www.ucas.com. Details of all eligible courses are given at this site, Colchester Institute’s UCAS reference number is CINST C75.
International Applications made via UCAS will be forwarded to us for processing but the offer and acceptance procedure is made through UCAS and not directly with us. Once we are notified of your acceptance we will request payment of your deposit for more information on fees and deposits click here.
Applying as an Part-Time International Student (EU only)
Students coming into the UK on a Tier 4 (General) student visa will only be eligible to apply for full-time courses at a minimum NQF level 3 or above or full-time English Language Programmes.
Colchester Institute’s International Student Application Form is available to download. Before completing the application form you must read and understand the information about our Fee Payment and Refund Policy. On signing the application form you are agreeing to the terms of this policy.
With your application form you must also send:
- Certified copies of your academic qualifications
- Where appropriate, evidence of your English Language ability (IELTS or equivalent)
- A reference to confirm your status and suitability for the course.
- An email or correspondence address where we can keep in touch with you about your application
Print off and complete the International Applications Form and return it to:
International Admissions Officer
For students aged 18 years or over, seeking accommodation in the Colchester area for the academic year 2017/2018, Colchester Institute offer the following options:
New student accommodation offering excellent facilities and comfort. Rooms are allocated alongside Essex University students where you will have the chance to exchange experiences and mix with the students from all other courses. The village is situated approximately 3 miles from the Colchester Institute.
Rooms are furnished with ¾ beds with storage underneath (however the 1 bed flat and double studios offer double beds), desk and a desk chair, plenty of drawer space and a wardrobe with additional storage space on top. All rooms have a modern en-suite. Bike storage is available and there is parking on-site for £5 per week.
The cluster kitchens include a modern fitted kitchen complete with a combi-oven, microwave, hob and fridge-freezer. The studio rooms and 1 bed flat have their own personal kitchen including a micro-oven, fridge with freezer compartment and a 2 ring hob.
All bills are included, high speed broadband and Wi-Fi facilities will be provided in all rooms and communal areas.
For more information and to apply click here.
Avon Way consists of eight residential houses, arranged into flats all of which are managed by an independent company Mansion Student. The site is set in its own grounds, with views of the nearby countryside. The flats accommodate between two and six students and have shared fitted kitchens and shared bathrooms. An internet connection is included in the price.
Prices start from £91.00 per week, plus utility fee of £195.00 (per year) and a returnable deposit of £250.00. Tenancy agreements cover 48 weeks and start from 17th September 2016. Avon Way accommodation is situated approximately 3 miles from the college campus.
For more information and to apply, please click here.
The Forest Road House complex provides purpose built Student Accommodation for students. Located to the East of Colchester town centre it is approximately 1 mile from the Essex University campus and about 3 miles from the Colchester Institute.
Forest Road House was built by the University of Essex but now it is a privately managed residence.The accommodation comprises of 124 rooms within 2 blocks of 3 storey flats. 2 Single rooms and 2 Double rooms within each block have an en-suite facility. The complex provides a friendly and secure environment to live.
The rent will be charged at £340.00-£480.00 per calendar month depending on room type, payable one term in advance on 11 months contract. The frequent communal area cleaning and Wi-Fi is included in the price. There is no deposit but an administration fee of £120.00 is payable at the start of the tenancy.
For more information and to apply directly please click here.
Rooms in student house shares available from accredited private sector.
A variety of houses situated within 0.5 – 3 miles from the college. A deposit of one month’s rent is required and the signing of a tenancy agreement.
Prices vary from £250 to £350 per month and available both with bills included and bills excluded options.
To apply for this accommodation, please complete the Accommodation Request form at the bottom of the page.
Home Stay: Self – Catering Accommodation
We have a number of landlords who rent out rooms within their own properties. You will have you own bedroom with full use of the kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities. Rent is normally between £70 – £95 per week inclusive of bills. A deposit of two weeks rent is normally required in advance.
Home Stay: Half Board Accommodation
In addition you may choose to include meals with your accommodation. Breakfast and an evening meal will be provide during the week with three meals at the weekend. Laundry is usually included with prices starting from £125 per week. A deposit of two weeks rent is normally required in advance. This option may be particularly helpful to International students as it gives the opportunity to practice speaking English with the host family.
To apply for this accommodation, please complete the Accommodation Request form at the bottom of the page.
Please see the Essential Students Guide to Student Accommodation for more support and information. Unfortunately we are only able to offer accommodation to students studying at Colchester Institute who are 18 years old or above.
For maps and more information on any of the above accommodation, please email email@example.com or telephone (01206) 712613.
You can also visit the Student Union at the Sheepen Road Campus.
Please note: Prices may be subject to change.
We are always keen to recruit caring homestay providers within close proximity to Colchester Institute. Students stay from a few weeks up to a year or more. You should be able to offer a student a comfortable room with adequate lighting and heating, storage, a wardrobe, table and chair. Wi-Fi access is preferable.
We are seeking landlords who can offer either self-catering or half board accommodation (breakfast and a full evening meal with three meals a day at weekends).
Many of our students who choose to live with a private landlord are from overseas and are keen to live with a family to improve their language skills. We also support the Erasmus Exchange program that is popular among European students. We also have a number of students who prefer a quiet, home like atmosphere.
If you live close to our Colchester campus and wish to apply to become a homestay provider for our students or for further details please contact our Accommodation Team on
T: 01206 712613
Please find below the tuition fees for Higher Education courses. Scholarships will be available for some students.These fees do not apply to existing students. Continuing students can get their latest course fee information from HE Operations.
All University Centre Colchester (UCC) students should confirm their eligibility for new or continuing student fees by referring to the University Centre Colchester (UCC) Fee Policy below. The Fee Policy also contains information with regards to payment schedules.
For further information please contact Registry (01206) 712555.
If you are attending, or are hoping to attend, a Higher Education course and you require advice on any of the following; the Student Services Finance Adviser may be able to help you.
- Applications to the Student Loan Company for Loans and Grants
- Advice on student funding including University Centre Colchester scholarships
- Hardship Funds
- Self-financing or work supported study.
We encourage you to apply for a full-time loan as soon as possible, even if your place is not yet confirmed.
To learn more about loans and how to apply for a loan please see Student Finance England.
These downloadable guides include information on:
- Money you may be entitled to
- How and when your money will be paid
- Repayment examples an example of repayments rates for when earn above the threshold after graduating.
Student Finance England’s new Postgraduate Loan application service is now open! If you plan to take a postgraduate master’s course from 1 August 2016, you may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs.
The loan isn’t means tested, so is not dependent on your income or your family’s income. The quickest and easiest way for students to apply is online at: https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
For further information on Postgraduate Loans, students can visit SFE’s student finance zone on The Student Room which has been updated with a dedicated Postgraduate Loan section and includes answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Under current government legislation Hardship Funds have been established to provide discretionary support to certain categories of student. If subsequent to starting your course you find that financial circumstances may prevent you from continuing to attend a full-time or part-time higher education or sandwich course, then you may be eligible for financial support from the Hardship Fund.
Further information can be obtained from the Student Finance Adviser at University Centre Colchester.
Self-funded or Sponsored Students
We accept payments by instalment using FlexED. This is ideal for students who may be doing a 2nd degree, a self-funded postgraduate course or who is being sponsored by their employer.
Please click here to find out more about FledEx or speak to our team, for more information about out how this method of payment can work for you.
Career Development Loans
If you do not qualify for student finance, e.g 2nd Degree or post graduate study you may be able to apply for a Career Development Loan.
Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans used to pay for courses and training that may help with your progressing your career or helping get you into work.
A government initiative, you may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Subject to terms and conditions.
Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.
Please see https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/overview for more information on terms and conditions.
We also accept the ELC credits from the Ministry of Defense The ELC scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years.
ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England and Wales).
Please speak to our team who are able to process the claim for using your credits at University Centre Colchester.
University Centre Colchester Support Bursary
New students commencing a degree programme with University Centre Colchester are eligible for a £1,000 cash support bursary per year (pro rata payment for part time students). The cash support bursary, which is linked to continuing attendance and success on programme, will be awarded for each year of study for a maximum of three years (totalling £3,000).
In 2017/18 the cash bursary will be paid in three equal instalments during November 2017, February 2018 and May 2018.
More information, including eligibility criteria, can be found here.
University Centre Colchester Further Education Progression (FEP) Bursary
From 2017/18 students progressing from Level 3 programmes at Colchester Institute in 2016/17 onto a degree programme with University Centre Colchester will be eligible for an enhanced progression bursary of £1,500 per year (pro rata payment for part time students). The progression bursary, which is linked to continuing attendance and success on programme, will be awarded for each year of study for a maximum of three years (totalling £4,500).
In 2017/18 the bursary will be paid in three equal instalments in November 2017, February 2018 and May 2018.
More information, including eligibility criteria, can be found here.
University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship
The University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship (UCCTS) has been created by University Centre Colchester to help eligible students from low income households with the costs of attending higher education study. The UCCTS is in addition to any other loans and grants that students might receive. Applicants will be required to meet qualifying criteria and apply through their student loan application.
Travel Scheme Benefits
For full time students the scholarship normally comprises a £500 travel payment in the first year of study.
For part time students the scholarship comprises a pro-rata travel payment in the first year of study.
To find out further information about the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship, including eligibility criteria please see the link below.
How to Apply
To apply for the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship complete the application form and send to the University Centre Colchester (UCC) Admissions Department. The final date for applications for the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship is the 1st December 2017. No applications will be considered after this date for students commencing their studies in 2017.
Travel Scholarship Application Form 2017/18 (pdf)
If you have any queries about the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship please ring 01206 712777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on applying for student finance please go to www.studentfinance.direct.gov.uk
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For 2017/18 University Centre Colchester is offering discounts for new students on its postgraduate courses.
The discount will apply to all those holding a full Bachelor’s Degree (gained at either University Centre Colchester or any other UK degree awarding provider).
Eligible courses for the Postgraduate Discount in 2017/18 are:
- MA Education
The discount will be applied at the point of registration. For 2017-18 this will represent the following reduction on the annual tuition fee for the first year of full-time study, or first two years of part-time study, only:
- First Class undergraduate degree 33 per cent
- 2:1 undergraduate degree 25 per cent
- 2:2 undergraduate degree 10 per cent
The discount is not awarded in combination with other University Centre Colchester discounts. If a student is eligible for more than one University Centre Colchester discount, the discount with the greater value will be applied.
NB A copy of degree certificate will be required to obtain the postgraduate discount and University Centre Colchester reserves the right to remove the discount in the event of any fraudulent claim being discovered.
Any learner where there is a commitment from their employer/sponsor to pay their tuition fees in full and have provided a Colchester Institute Employer Authorisation Form to this effect at Registration will be entitled to a tuition fee discount up to 20%.
The fee discount will be removed from the set tuition fees at the point of registration and cannot be used in conjunction with any other fee discount. If said employer/sponsor fails to pay in full the tuition fees owed the student will become liable for payment and the discount will be removed and added to the fees due.
The discount is not awarded in combination with other University Centre Colchester discounts. If a student is eligible for more than one University Centre Colchester discount only the greater is given.
Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a disability, including a:
- long-term health condition
- mental health condition
- specific learning difficulty, eg dyslexia
You can get help with the costs of:
- specialist equipment, eg a computer if you need one because of your disability
- non-medical helpers
- extra travel because of your disability
- other disability-related costs of studying
Colchester Institute Term Dates 2016-2017
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|Autumn||Monday 5th September – Friday 16th December||Week commencing Monday 24th October|
|Spring||Tuesday 3rd January – Friday 31st March||Week commencing Monday 13th February|
|Summer||Wednesday 19th April – Friday 23rd June||No Half Term – Bank Holiday Monday 1st May and Monday 29th May only|
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2 years (Full-time)
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