FdA Photography

Welcome to FdA 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 course 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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The FdA Photography is a programme with a clear emphasis on preparing aspiring photographers for successful careers in the fast-changing and competitive photographic market.

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.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30 or 15 academic credits, 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.

Compulsory modules enable you to cover key subject knowledge whilst and optional allow you to develop your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. 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) Contextual Studies

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

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:

  • 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.

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.

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 practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.

When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-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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FdA Photography - Full-time
LevelLevel 5
LocationColchester
Duration2 Years
UCAS CodeW641
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £9,250
FdA Photography - Part-time
LevelLevel 5
LocationColchester
Duration4 Years
Course CodeZH1FDPHP01
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £4,625 per year
Year One (Level 4)

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 photoshoot 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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Year Two (Level 5)

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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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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Contextual Studies

Year One: All Art and Design Pathways

 

Module Code and Title:

BAFA02C, BAFT02C, BAGD02C, BATD02C, 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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Module Code and Title:

BAFA04C, BAFT04C, BAGD04C, BAPHO6C, BATD04C:

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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Year Two: All Art and Design Pathways

 

Module Code and Title:

BAFA02I, BAFT02I, BAGD02I, BAPH02I, BATD02I:

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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Module Code and Title:

BAFA041, BAFT041, BAGD041, BAPHO41, BATD041:

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 Three: All Art and Design Pathways

 

Module Code and Title:

BAFA02H, BAFT02H, BAGD02H, BATD02H, 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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Module Code and Title:

BAFA04H, BAFT04H, BAGD04H, BATD04H; 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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