We take great pride in our dynamic and engaging photography course, aimed at equipping aspiring photographers with the skills and knowledge needed for successful careers in the fast-changing, competitive and highly commercial photographic industry.
Designed and delivered by professional practitioners, the BA (Hons) Photography programme covers a wide area of practical and theoretical photographic subjects, and provides many opportunities for students to explore their own interests and to experiment with a wide range of genres, equipment and techniques.
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You are creatively curious and explore your interests through photography, making images to express your thoughts and communicate your ideas. You are passionate about the potential for photography to be used and seen in different contexts. You want to investigate and learn a wide range of image creating techniques.
Photography is everywhere and its uses are varied – from the personal to the professional. We see photographs on a growing number of digital platforms, in print media, on gallery walls and being used to sell goods and services. Photographs are great at showing us what people, places and nature look like. An ever-evolving medium, photography offers great opportunities for those with a desire to explore its potential and gain an awareness of its past.
The BA (Hons) Photography is a programme with a clear emphasis on preparing aspiring photographers for successful careers in the fast-changing and competitive photographic market.
The course begins by equipping you with the technical skills necessary to liberate your creativity. These include the use of our analogue facilities, digital suite, studio and location lighting. You will learn to work with a range of camera systems, experience various image-making techniques, and understand how to analyse the outcomes effectively. You will harness these skills and the photographs you make will utilise different photographic practices, as well as any wider relationships to art and design histories and theories. Regular one-to-one tutorials, a programme of visiting lecturers, live briefs and the opportunity to collaborate with other University Centre Colchester Art students will support your learning. You will explore different photographic practices, expanding your skills and defining your own interests.
Students will have the opportunity to explore and develop their own ideas and concepts, and to create innovative bodies of work with a robust understanding of different photographic genres, industries and their respective audiences. The course is taught by practicing photographers and photography theorists, and with access to industry-standard state of the art facilities.
Students are encouraged to develop a distinctive body of work that will contribute towards an extensive and coherent portfolio of work, suitable for further academic progression and/or a successful career in the photographic industry. You will gain hands-on experience with both traditional and digital processing techniques and work with a variety of formats and equipment.
Undergraduate courses operate on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30/40 or 15/20 academic credits (depending on the programme), with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.
Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
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 5 GCSEs (grades A*- C) including English language, or an Art and Design Foundation Year. Students without formal qualifications but with appropriate portfolio of artwork/work experience. All applicants are formally interviewed.
*UCAS Tariff points where shown, are for entry on to higher education programmes starting from September 2020.
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
Additional requirements for International Students:
There are many pathways for a career in photography in the making, disseminating or promotion of images. These range from working as a commercial or documentary photographer, assisting, researching, establishing yourself as a photographic artist, or a combination of these. You could also pursue postgraduate studies with a future in teaching, writing or curating. A career in photography is likely to be collaborative, either working with other creatives or clients, organisations, institutions or networks.
Students gain employment in a variety of roles within the photographic industry. 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.
Students graduating from the BA (Hons) Photography could progress to further study at postgraduate level such as an MA.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures.
When not attending lectures, seminars and practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-directed study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations
Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
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