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BA (Hons) Photography

Welcome to BA (Hons) Photography.

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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Your profile
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.

Your subject
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.

Your course
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.

Year One (Level 4) Year Two (Level 5) Year Three (Level 6) Contextual Studies Pre-2020 Course Information

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.

International applicants

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:

  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years and of having studied within the last five years
  • a face-to-face interview is required before an offer is made.

Your future
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.

Alumni Bulletin

BA (HONS) Photography

Photography is a constantly evolving medium that has a presence in virtually every aspect of human society. To be a successful photographer in the 21st century is to work in an expanding marketplace of digital and media platforms encompassing advertising, entertainment and journalism as well as the arts and heritage sector.

You might go on to work in fashion, editorial, advertising or documentary photography, or to develop a career in disseminating, curating or exhibiting photographs. Your career may combine different strands of these practices. You are likely to work with moving images as well as stills, text and graphics as well as the printed page and screen. The ability to innovate and collaborate with others is a key soft skill for a medium that is integral to every other aspect of the creative industries.

MEET: Laura Harvey
PHOTOGRAPHER

Laura Harvey is a music, portrait and fashion photographer based in Vancouver, Canada. Originally from London, Laura spent three years studying at UCC where she graduated in 2014. As a part of her studies, Laura explored a multitude of subjects and media, but it was the opportunity to work with 35mm analogue film that has since become a significant influence on her practice.

After completing her degree, Laura spent two years in London working as a freelance photographer and digital re-toucher for a range of commercial studios. The work included typical commercial assignments such as weddings, family portraits and still life, but it also allowed Laura to establish and develop her interests in music, photography and portraiture.

In 2016, Laura relocated to Vancouver in Canada and it was here that she really developed and expanded her practice, working as a creative director for a large number of multi-disciplinary projects.

Laura currently works full time as a photographer and re-toucher for the online furniture company Article, in addition to this Laura also works as a freelancer where she continues to take on photographic commissions in music and portraiture, although usually the two are combined within the same brief. Her most notable clients include Rolling Stone Magazine, Interscope Records and Red Bull.

MEET: WADHA ALSUDAIRY
PHOTOGRAPHER

After graduating from the UCC School of Art in 2015, Wadha went on to complete a Master’s degree at Norwich University of the Arts. She is currently studying for a PhD in Art History and Theory at the University of Essex.

Wadha developed an interest in fashion and beauty photography early in my photographic career and as a Saudi woman passionate about Middle Eastern culture, her graduation project at Norwich explored the imaginary and unrealistic way in which Arabic women are often viewed in the West.

Wadha’s research for the PhD continues to explore this topic and its effect on the self-perception of contemporary Arab women. She is also investigating the historical and contemporary practice of henna body art.

This work, entitled Oriental Myth, is borrowed from this project, it addresses the legacy of this misrepresentation and its roots in Europe with the popularity of Orientalist art and literature during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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.

ApplyFull-Time
ApplyPart-Time
BA (Hons) Photography - Full-time
LevelLevel 6
LocationColchester
Duration3 Years
UCAS CodeW640
Academic Year2020-2021
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2020
Fee(s)2019-20: £8,250 per yearLower Tuition Fees
Additional Cost Information

The School of Art provides access to a wide range of specialist equipment relevant to courses. However, many students prefer to have their own laptop, and students will need to provide some basic things, such of your own drawing equipment. There will be costs in terms of educational visits, field trips, external exhibitions of your work and the purchase of materials required whilst completing the programme. These vary from year to year. Please contact the Head of School for further details. The majority of materials used in timetabled workshop sessions will still be provided free of charge. However, when students develop ideas/outcomes during independent study time, or when they are relatively expensive, or when a student needs to use particularly large amounts of a material, they may need to buy or make a payment for them. The various workshop facilities keep a list of stock items and their respective costs, but please note that these lists are subject to change and the School may need to add other items as appropriate.

Awarding/Validation BodyUniversity of East Anglia
BA (Hons) Photography - Part-time
LevelLevel 6
LocationColchester
Duration6 Years
UCAS CodeZH1BAPHP01
Academic Year2020-2021
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2020
Fee(s)2019-20: £4,125 per yearLower Tuition Fees
Additional Cost Information

The School of Art provides access to a wide range of specialist equipment relevant to courses. However, many students prefer to have their own laptop, and students will need to provide some basic things, such of your own drawing equipment. There will be costs in terms of educational visits, field trips, external exhibitions of your work and the purchase of materials required whilst completing the programme. These vary from year to year. Please contact the Head of School for further details. The majority of materials used in timetabled workshop sessions will still be provided free of charge. However, when students develop ideas/outcomes during independent study time, or when they are relatively expensive, or when a student needs to use particularly large amounts of a material, they may need to buy or make a payment for them. The various workshop facilities keep a list of stock items and their respective costs, but please note that these lists are subject to change and the School may need to add other items as appropriate.

Awarding/Validation BodyUniversity of East Anglia
Year One (Level 4)

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAPHF4A /  DU1BAPHP4A Studio Module 4A: Introduction to Photographic Process (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is intended to support students in developing their independent ability to apply a range of skills, knowledge and understanding with the use materials, processes and practices relevant to their discipline and personal interests.

What do I learn?

This is a practical, studio-based module.  Through a range of tutor-led workshops and studio-based activity, as well as tutorials, peer review and study visits, students engage with the essential skills, techniques, processes and visual language that create the foundations and basis for further research and exploration in relation to individually determined interests and ideas within the context of the discipline.

Typical of the holistic approach common to art and design courses, the work undertaken for this module exists in a symbiotic relationship with other workshop-based and contextual studies modules.  Collectively, they inform and support student aims, ambitions and the development of their creative identity and working methodologies.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through the submission of a body of practical and contextual research, artefacts and written reflection.

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DU1BAPHF4B /  DU1BAPHP4B Studio Module 4B: Introduction to Photographic Practice (40 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills through the development and production of a resolved body of art or design work, informed by theoretical and practical research and exploration.

What do I learn?

This is a practical, studio-based module that builds upon the work produced for studio module 4A.  Supported by a range of lectures, seminars, study visits, peer review, group and individual crits, it provides the opportunity for students to practice and apply their skills and knowledge to the production of a sustained body of research and resolved practical work and to explore their own emerging interests in greater depth.

As part of that process, and within the context of their discipline, students will define an individual line of enquiry in relation to a brief or theme; engage in structured investigative and exploratory research; select and produce resolved practical outcomes.

What’s the assignment?

Exhibitions, presentations or displays of work may also be a feature of module content and outcomes are evidenced through submission of a body of practical and contextual research, artefacts and written reflection.

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DU1BAPHF4D / DU1BAPHP4D Languages of Photography (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The module will support the students in the development of their understanding and application of image design for photographic communication, and in the acquisition and application of the language of image analysis and critique.

What do I learn?

A practical module designed to introduce students to the application of visual language in photographic communication, the characteristics of genre, and the language of critique.

Through a series of exercises making work for online presentation, students will investigate genre/context specific image making design skills, while group critiques will introduce them to the vocabulary and processes of criticising photographs.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through the submission of an online gallery of work, contextual research, and written reflection.

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DU1BAPHF4E / DU1BAPHP4E Workshop module 1: Digital Editing and File Management (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

For all students to begin to develop their knowledge of and skills with digital capture, file management, post-production and output, resulting in a coherent series of digital practices.

What do I learn?

Through a series of lectures, seminars, workshops and critiques, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of digital practices for photographers, including capture, workflow, storage and post-production.

Using previous or current level 4 imagery they have produced, students will learn about such things as image capture formats, file-management, non-destructive editing, image manipulation, and the preparation of files for different outputs.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through the submission of digital files, prints, a process workbook, and a written evaluation.

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Year Two (Level 5)

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAPHF5A /  DU1BAPHP5A Studio Module 5A: Development of Photographic Process (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is for students to develop their independent cognitive, imaginative and problem solving capabilities through the refinement of their practical skills within the context of relevant historical and contemporary theory and practice.

What do I learn?

A studio-based, practical and practice led module that builds upon the knowledge and skills attained at level 4.

Supported by workshops, lectures, seminars, study visits, peer review, group and individual crits, students broaden the practical and conceptual scope of their work, and further develop and refine their individual interests and ambitions through a more in-depth visual and conceptual exploration and experimentation and more detailed analytical and evaluative research that considers their work within an appropriate contextual framework.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through submission of a body of practical and contextual research, artefacts and written reflection.

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DU1BAPHF5B /  DU1BAPHP5B Studio Module 4B: Development of Photographic Practice (40 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to apply their various skills, knowledge and understanding to the production of a resolved body of art or design work, informed by theoretical and practical research and exploration, cognisant of relevant contemporary and historical contexts and the relationship between their work and audiences, clients or consumers.

What do I learn?

A studio-based, practical and practice led module supported by lectures, seminars, study visits, peer review, group and individual crits.  Based upon their learning experience and reflection on the outcomes from Studio Module 5A, students apply that experience to new projects or the further development of ongoing work.

In what is by now a familiar holistic fashion, they are required to extend the breadth and depth of theoretical and practical enquiry, apply analytical and evaluative skills and strengthen their academic competence and learning in order to sustain an independent and coherent artistic practice.

What’s the assignment?

Exhibitions, presentations or displays of work may also be a feature of module content and outcomes will be a refined body of practical work that demonstrates the development of a personal direction in their discipline that is fully supported by primary and secondary research material.

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DU1BAPHF5E / DU1BAPHP5E Workshop module 2:  Web-based Media (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The module supports the students in the acquisition and development of a range of professional skills related to the production, maintenance and application of an online presence.

What do I learn?

A practical module in which students produce an online presence for their work. Through lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials, students design and develop a web presence (a website linked to appropriate social media).

The module will consider the rationale for design ideas by examining historical and contemporary practices; look at the role of social media in the development of creative careers; explore associated ethical issues, and investigate the concept of online identity.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through a website, associated social media, a development blog, contextual research, and a written evaluation.

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Year Three (Level 6)

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAPHF6A /  DU1BAPHP6A Studio Module 6A: Refinement of Photographic Practice (40 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is for students to prepare themselves for entering professional practice, independently planning, researching and developing proposals for a body of art and design work for public exhibition.

What do I learn?

A studio-based practical and practice led module supported by lectures, seminars, study visits, peer review, group and individual critiques.

Through rigorous and systematic self-directed research and exploration, using established techniques of analysis and enquiry, students undertake a further critical, contextual and practical examination of their work in relation to concepts and theories that are relevant to the discipline and their practice.

What’s the assignment?

The desired outcome for this module will be an ambitious and challenging body of work, produced to a professional standard and underpinned by rigorous research and development. It should also demonstrate their ability to create a synthesis between ideas or concepts and the materials, processes and forms employed.

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DU1BAPHF6B /  DU1BAPHP6B Studio Module 6B: Professional Photographic Practice (40 Credits)

What’s it about?

For student to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and abilities they have developed throughout their studies through the production of a body of art or design work that is ambitious, rigorous, refined and resolved, independently produced, and presented or exhibited to a suitably professional standard.

 

What do I learn?

This is an FMP or ‘capstone’, studio-based, practice orientated module supported by lectures, seminars, study visits, peer review, group and individual critiques.

This module requires students to produce a major body of work for assessment and public exhibition or presentation that represents the culmination and synthesis of their acquired learning, understanding, knowledge and skills.

What’s the assignment?

At the end of the module, students will apply professional standards of preparation and presentation to the public exhibition or presentation of their work to a level that is suitable for display either on campus or in external venues.

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Contextual Studies

Year One: All Art and Design Pathways

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFTF4C / DU1BAFTP4C / DU1BAADF4C / DU1BAADP4C / DU1BAFAF4C / DU1BAFAP4C /  DU1BAPHF4C / DU1BAPHP4C

Study Skills with Contextual Studies: Histories, Theories and Contemporary Scenes (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is for students to develop an understanding and awareness of the essential requirements of academic study at degree level and to gain practice in applying them through the study of historical and contemporary contexts relevant to their discipline.

What do I learn?

Through lectures, tutorials, seminars and study visits, this module provides a firm grounding in key elements of higher education study to support students in forming transferable skills relevant to all modules studied, whilst also providing a firm grounding in contextual historical and contemporary practices and theories of art and design.

This will typically involve sessions on research strategies; presentation skills; time management; critical thinking skills for effective reflection on learning; developing appropriate practice in academic writing and verbal communication.  This is carried out alongside introductions to a range of histories, cultures, theories, subjects and contexts that have a bearing on the conception, production and consumption of historical and contemporary art and design.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through written submission and oral presentation.

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Year Two: All Art and Design Pathways

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFTF5C / DU1BAFTP5C / DU1BAADF5C / DU1BAADP5C / DU1BAFAF5C / DU1BAFAP5C /  DU1BAPHF5C / DU1BAPHP5C 

Critical Studies – Theoretical and Contextual Framing (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is for students to develop their knowledge of contemporary practice in their discipline and to consider and articulate their own position in relation to it.

What do I learn?

This module builds upon the broad overview of art and design practices and histories introduced in the Contextual Studies module at Level 4.

Through lectures, seminars, tutorials, study visits and independent study, students will examine further the relationship between art and design practice and theory, in order to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary theories of art.

What’s the assignment?

The outcome of their studies will inform their studio work and be evidenced through written submission and oral presentation.

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Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFTF5D / DU1BAFTP5D / DU1BAADF5D / DU1BAADP5D / DU1BAFAF5D / DU1BAFAP5D /  DU1BAPHF5D / DU1BAPHP5D

Personal Development Planning (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

For students to develop their abilities in reflective evaluation of their own progress; to identify potential future goals and determine what steps or changes they need to make to ensure their skills and expertise are equipping them for further study and supporting the achievement of these goals.

What do I learn?

This module is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and study visits. Exhibitions, presentations or displays of work may also be a feature of module content.  The module serves as a bridge between the more study orientated (Level 4) Study Skills and Contextual Studies and the post-graduation, employment-facing (Level 6) Professional Development Planning module delivered in the final year.

The modules purpose is to provide a focus for students to consider how the skills and expertise they are developing are equipping them for their ongoing studies, the wider world and professional practice in their discipline.  They will be required to reflect critically on their experience to date, assess their strengths and abilities and determine what that means in terms of managing their ongoing studies and consider how they might impact upon future plans and where improvements or changes are needed in order to achieve those goals.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes for this module are evidenced through written submissions, blogs and oral presentation.

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Year Three: All Art and Design Pathways

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFTF6C / DU1BAFTP6C / DU1BAADF6C / DU1BAADP6C / DU1BAFAF6C / DU1BAFAP6C /  DU1BAPHF6C / DU1BAPHP6C 

Research Topic: Relating your Practice (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is for students to gain a detailed understanding of a particular aspect of their discipline through detailed and focussed research and written communication.

What do I learn?

This is a research-based module, requiring students to prepare and submit a 3,500-word essay or report on a topic that bears a specific relevance to their main studio practice.  Delivery will be through an introductory presentation on the module and its requirements, followed by group and individual tutorials to support student’s development of their proposals and ongoing research.

What’s the assignment?

Submissions for assessment will be in the form of a written proposal and a written essay submission.

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Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFTF6D / DU1BAFTP6D / DU1BAADF6D / DU1BAADP6D / DU1BAFAF6D / DU1BAFAP6D /  DU1BAPHF6D / DU1BAPHP6D 

Professional Development Planning (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this is for students to prepare for pursuing their professional goals and aspirations by engaging in research and planning.

What do I learn?

This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and study visits.

Students will be required to engage in reflective planning and documenting of professional development goals in relation to their personal interests and practice and although this is delivered and assessed as a separate module, students are encouraged to consider it as an integral part of their development as a creative practitioner.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes for this module are evidenced through written submissions, blogs and oral presentation.

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Pre-2020 Course Information

This programme was previously validated by the University of Essex as BA (Hons) Photography. Students who commenced study on the course prior to September 2020 will complete modules approved by the University of Essex and upon successful completion will be awarded a University of Essex validated degree.

Please find below a list of modules for each year of the BA (Hons) Photography programme.

Year 1

Module Code and Title:

FDPH20C/BAPH20C Introduction to Photographic Processes (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is an introduction to basic techniques and photographic processes with a specific emphasis on analogue or film-based photography.

What do I learn?

You will be learning how to use a manual Single Lens Reflex camera, how to process your own films and how to make fine black & white silver prints in the darkroom. You will also be learning how to develop a “theme” with your photography and how to marry a concept and your intentions with an appropriate visual language.

What’s the assignment?

There are two things to submit. One is a Process Workbook, which records how you gain the necessary technical and critical skills to make photographs that can articulate your theme. The second is the final outcome: a portfolio of handcrafted B/W prints that best communicates your ideas and the chosen theme to a wider audience.

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FDPH05C / BAPH05C Introduction to Study Skills and Personal Planning (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module introduces you to the Higher Education learning environment.

It will equip you with the skills to reflect on your learning and experience as a student.

What do I learn?

  • Appreciation and understanding of the requirements of a HE learning environment
  • Identifying, recording and practicing the skills required to be successful in your studies
  • The ability to record and reflect upon the development of your learning

What’s the assignment?

A 10-minute audio-visual presentation to your peer group, a reflective online journal, and a 1,500-word report on your learning experience.

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FDPH22C / BAPH22C Investigation of Photographic Practice (30 Credits)

 What’s it about?

Following on from the first semester, this module is a more in-depth study of contemporary photographic practice. You will be engaging with a range of contemporary practitioners and experimenting with a range of techniques including digital photography and medium format.

What do I learn?

You will be learning about the potential of the photographic image as a story-telling tool. You will also be looking at the creation of ‘narrative’ within a photographic image. In terms of technical skills, you will be using digital photography and creative location-lighting techniques.

What’s the assignment?

This assignment invites you to create a series of cinematic ‘film-stills’ from an imaginary film. You will create your own brief and ‘story’, and conduct in-depth research into both photography and film. This project will encourage you to employ creative location-lighting techniques, intermediate digital post-production and photo shoot productions skills.

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FDPH06C / BATD06C Critical and Contextual Research (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

A range of lectures and seminars, running throughout the academic year, on the history and development of art and design practice.

What do I learn?

You will learn about the social, economic, political, industrial, technical and environmental contexts within which art, design & craft are conceived and produced.  You will also develop your communication, research and analytical skills and your ability to write coherently and present your ideas to an audience.

What’s the assignment?

You are asked to give a 10-minute presentation and submit an illustrated essay or report (2,000 words) on a topic agreed with your tutor.

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BAPH07C / FDPH07C Introduction to Digital Imaging and Manipulation (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

While you are learning basic technical skills with analogue equipment and processes in the studio module, this support module will be equipping you with complementary skills in digital imaging and, in particular, with image-editing and digital manipulation.

What do I learn?

You will be introduced to the industry-standard software package, Adobe Photoshop, and guided through a wide range of techniques and processes that are commonly used to edit digital images in differing commercial applications.

What’s the assignment?

You will produce a portfolio of digitally manipulated images that demonstrate a range of different techniques. The portfolio will be supported by appropriate visual research and the preparatory work used in developing your ideas for the images, and a record of the various editing techniques you’ve used and your analysis of how successful they’ve been.

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FDPH09C  / BAPH09C Photography for Advertising (15 Credits)

 What’s it about?
This module introduces students to the materials, techniques and terminology related to specific creative and technical processes in photography and advertising.

What do I learn?
How to use photography to develop and produce a print-based advertising campaign to meet the requirements of a specific brief.  You will develop skills in creatively exploring how photography can communicate ideas to a target audience and how this imagery might function alongside text in an advertising context.

What’s the assignment?
There are two parts to submit. One is a body of material outcomes based on a brief that changes each year. ­­The other is research and development work that supports your final work.

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Module Code and Title:

BAPH01I / FDPH01I Specialist Photography Project 1: Information and Transmission /

Photography in Society, (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module invites you to produce a body of work engaging with communities and the theme of belonging under the theme “I Belong”.  It invites you to be innovative and creative in your interpretation and to a wide range of research material and techniques, in order to devise and produce your own photographic series. The module will enable you to engage with photo-journalism and Fine-Art photography dealing with issues of community and belonging.

What do I learn?

You’ll learn to work more independently, to take the initiative, to value and scrutinise primary research carefully and to imaginatively develop ideas and imagery from this material. You’ll also consolidate your photographic skills for working on location (e.g. specific lighting techniques or the use of specialist camera equipment).

What’s the assignment?

You will produce a body of photographs that is an imaginative and conceptually coherent response to the research you’ve carried out working with a chosen community. You will generate an outcome from this body of work that takes into account who your audience is and how you are going to engage with them.

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FDPH02I / BAPH02I Personal Development Planning (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is about independently assessing and reflecting on your learning so far and considering your plans for the future, identifying the skills you have already learned and where you might need to apply yourself more in order to achieve those goals.

What do I learn?

You will develop your independence in applying study skills, which will help you in your studies and career, such as identifying and assessing personal strengths and weaknesses, planning and organising developmental needs and making reflective and critical judgments.

What’s the assignment?

You will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation on an agreed career development proposal and submit a 2,000-word Reflective Report and online illustrated journal.

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BAPH04I / FDPH04I Specialist Photography Project 2 (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module follows on from the previous semester’s Project 1, consolidating the technical skills and contextual skills you have acquired as well as the experience of working within a commercial/client-based environment.

What do I learn?

For this module, you will engage, in depth, with editorial photography and the wide range of practice within this framework. You will research a wide range of relevant practitioners looking at various publications and their target audiences. You will get hands on experience of devising a brief and project proposal, working collaboratively with others and producing industry standard photographic work with a refined visual language aimed for a specific publication.

What’s the assignment?

There will be an Editorial Photography assignment. You will be expected to devise and produce an editorial photography ‘story’ within a photographic genre of your own choice (fashion/beauty, portraiture, photojournalism, travel, lifestyle, architectural/interiors, still life). You will be pushed to produce work to a high industry standard, while identifying the appropriate audience/ publication for your story.

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BAPH05I / FDPH05I Web-based Media (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

Effective online promotional materials are some of the most essential tools you will need to succeed as a photographer (Fine Art or commercial). This module will enable you to look at a range of online self-promotional material and research the way these tools are utilised by others.  You will also design and populate your very own professional platforms (e.g. websites and social media).

What do I learn?

You will learn how to create and refine an online portfolio consisting of a website, blog and commercial platform for you own professional practice. This will be achieved through a combination of digital workshop activity, and analysis of current commercial practice and theory. This will include investigations into safe financial trading when online and developing awareness of legal and ethical issues when presenting and trading online.

What’s the assignment?

For this assignment you will produce an online presence for your own practice, finished to a professional standard, with a referenced domain of your choosing. As part of a wider brand identity you will be expected to build a website that is fully operational including a blog and commercial/ client based solution. Additionally you will demonstrate the application of social media to support your brand and will have developed other branding material.

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Year 2

Module Code and Title:

BAPH07I / FDPH07I Contemporary Photographic Contexts (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This support module involves stepping out into the world and taking on the role of a photographer. You will approach a “client”, whether they are an individual, an organisation or a business, and offer to collaborate and produce photographic work for them. You will reflect on this relationship with the client and how they use the work you produce in a specific context.

 What do I learn?

You’ll learn a number of soft skills that later will be invaluable in your professional career: how to negotiate and communicate with clients, how to establish achievable parameters for any given task and how to attend to the all-important paperwork and legal agreements that are a part of operating as a photographer in the commercial world. You’ll also gain an insight into how the different uses of an image can change its meaning for specific audiences.

What’s the assignment?

You take the initiative and approach a “client” organisation or individual, offering to carry out a photographic assignment for them. You closely monitor this process, how you establish this assignment as an achievable job and how you execute and complete the job. You carefully analyse the outcomes and how the client has made use of your work.

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FDPH06I /  BAPHO61 Developmental Research (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module builds upon the broad overview of art and design practice introduced in the Critical and Contextual Studies module at Level 4. It will develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of traditional and contemporary theories of art and help you to examine them in relation to your own practice and interests.

What do I learn?

You will learn about contemporary and historical ideas and debates within your subject, and further enhance your abilities to communicate effectively and persuasively in written and spoken form.

What’s the assignment?

You will deliver a 10-minute audio-visual presentation, and an illustrated essay or report (3,000 words) on a research topic agreed with your tutor.

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Year 3

Module Code and Title:

BAPH01H Refinement of Photographic Processes (30 Credits)

 What’s it about?

Now that you are in the final year of your degree course, you should be thinking carefully about what kind of career pathway you might want to pursue in Photography. You are also likely to have discovered certain interests and subject areas over the last two years that you would like to explore further. This module allows you to carry out this exploration with a sustained and mindful intensity, looking toward your final body of work in the second semester, while being consciously being aware of how the benefits of this process may shape your future career.

What do I learn?

You get to choose a subject area and an area of photographic practice that really interests you. You then get the chance to really explore this subject area with a range of approaches and techniques, informing this practical activity with theoretical research and carefully analysing the outcomes. The module could best be described as a process of intensive investigation, where you get to learn about the area of Photography that interests you the most.

What’s the assignment?

You nominate the subject area, devise your own proposal, and then pursue a process of intensive investigation.  At the end of it, you submit a range of outcomes that fit with the aims of the proposal.

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BAPH02H Professional Development Planning (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is about supporting your preparation for professional progression, by providing a forum for you to reflect on your role as an artist or designer and consider what professional practice or research interests you might pursue following graduation.

What do I learn?

This module will provide an understanding and awareness of the varied and eclectic avenues available to you as an Art and Design graduate. Professional development workshops & visiting lecturers will provide you with practical guidance on working in the creative industries.

What’s the assignment?

There are three elements to submit: an Audio-Visual Presentation [20%] which identifies your postgraduate goals, an Illustrated Blog [40%], with documentation of your research (e.g. CV, funding streams, work and exhibiting opportunities), and an Exhibition Presentation [40%], based on the exhibition of work you present at the end of your final year.

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BAPH03H Professional Photographic Practice (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is your final major body of photographic work that represents the culmination and synthesis of your learning, understanding, knowledge and skills from the past 3 years.  This project will enable you to produce a coherent and extensive body of work within your area of interest, that will be presented on a public exhibition and also used as part of your professional portfolio – supporting your further progression as a photographer.

What do I learn?

For this project you will continue to engage with a range of photographic/art practice (within your chosen area of interest) which will be supported by detailed and coherent critical analysis.

You will be devising your very own assignment brief and further develop a conceptual sophistication in your engagement with research and photographic outcomes. This process will result in a rigorous, independently produced and substantial body of photographic work that is ambitious, refined and conceptually synthesized to an appropriate professional standard.

What’s the assignment?

This module is concerned with realising a coherent body of work that will contribute to your final portfolio of work and be suitable for exhibition. Building on your work from the Refinement of Photographic Practice module, you will advance and apply skills of idea generation and development, research and analysis, editing, selection, sequencing, printing and presentation, in order to produce a fully resolved final body of photographic work. You will present the final outcome in a professional public exhibition.

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BAPH04H Dissertation (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

You will be using your academic and writing skills to engage with in-depth exploration, research and investigation of a subject related to your main studio practice.

What do I learn?

You will learn to plan and write a dissertation that demonstrates logical and consistent structure and fulfils the requirements and standards for academic writing.

What’s the assignment?

There are two assignments to be submitted. Firstly, you will produce a 500-word dissertation proposal to provide a summarized overview of the subject. You will then produce a 6,000-word illustrated dissertation on your chosen subject.

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