FdA Photography

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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.

Our tutors are always here to help. They’re approachable, so knowledgeable about their subject and have an amazing breadth of experience between them.

FdA Photography Modules offered:

Year One Compulsory Modules
Year One Optional Support Modules
Year Two Compulsory Modules

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Course Progression

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

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  • Higher Education (Degree Level)
  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time
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  • Colchester
UCAS Code W641

Full-time: 2 years |
Part-time (ZH1FDPHP01): 4 years |
Part-time applications are made direct to University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute

Start Date September 2018
Course Validated By
  • University of Essex
Tuition Fees**
  • Foundation Degree
    Full-time (2 years)
    £9,250 per annum
  • Foundation Degree
    Part-time (4 years)
    £9,250 per annum
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