Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Glyndŵr University (Prifysgol Glyndŵr)

Photography and Film

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Course summary

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In this competitive dynamic sector our MDes Photography and Film programme will give you the edge. It provides excellent professional grounding for future careers in the arts and media, academia or working within a broad range of professional contexts within the creative industries. Students will: •discover a range of skills including how the lens can be used creatively as a tool for storytelling, specialist and experimental camera techniques, lighting for studio and location work, editing and post-production •be encouraged to acquire unique approaches to the photography and film disciplines •develop and research their own ideas in relation to project briefs, learning transferable skills needed to work as an imaginative professional •generate and produce ideas through location and studio work •be guided in making submissions for international galleries, expositions, festivals, drama, documentary, advertising, music media and other forms of digital imagery and visual effects •have the opportunity to study abroad through the Erasmus Scheme •take their qualification to master’s level enabling them to deepen their practice-based skills. •have opportunities to take on ‘live’ briefs and work collaboratively enabling them to learn how to adapt to different ways of working •use their knowledge for problem solving and expressing their ideas •enjoy professional engagement and industrial experience opportunities to help them to establish their career and prepare for pursuing a doctoral programme Key Course Features: •Students have access to an on-site cutting-edge high definition TV studio with green screen, photographic studio as well as analogue facilities with a dedicated dark room. Small group sizes allow for individual support and experimentation with ideas in a creative environment. •Post-production, 3D workshops, media training and computer editing facilities utilising the latest in HD technology and non-linear editing. •Well-equipped computer labs with both Apple and PC based systems loaded with a wide selection of industry-related software. •Teaching team are research-active practitioners enthusiastic about their subject areas. They exhibit their own work both nationally and internationally as well as writing about art and design practice in books and journals. •Opportunities to study abroad or take part in projects with an international dimension. •Be part of our vibrant community of artists and designers where students are encouraged to exhibit their work and to gain knowledge from high profile visiting artists and designers. •1st in Wales and 10th in the UK for overall satisfaction in the area of Cinematics & Photography. (WGU analysis of unpublished NSS 2019 data).

Course details


Year 1 (Level 4) The first-year experience of the programme initially provides the opportunity to explore the broad base of both Photography & Film. You will examine how artists process ideas through a combination of making and critical evaluation while learning to relate your experiences to those of other photographers and filmmakers. Modules •Contextual Studies 1 •Creative Futures 1 •Visual Communication •Principles and Processes •Ideas and Concepts •Media and Techniques Year 2 (Level 5) Entering your second year the modules enable students to consolidate and extend their learning experience. Through more advanced techniques and processes students are challenged to experiment with a variety of media and methods of communication. You have the opportunity to explore the areas of Photography and Film practice you are most interested in within lectures, seminars and workshops led by skilled practitioners working within the field. Building upon an awareness of the possibilities within these contemporary disciplines you may then choose to specialise in one of the established areas of practice or adopt an interdisciplinary approach. Modules •Contextual Studies 2 •Creative Futures 2 •Practice in Context •Specialist Study •Extended Practice Year 3 (Level 6) The third-year modules require more critical, analytical and lengthier negotiated studies where students can determine their own career path and have the opportunity to negotiate a year plan which places them with more responsibility over what projects they undertake. This is closely monitored through regular critiques, seminars and tutorials. Modules •Contextual Studies •Creative Futures 3 •Negotiated Study 1 •Negotiated Study 2 Year 4 (Level 7) This final year modules have two broad elements: a tutor-led series of modules that develop master’s level thinking, research abilities, deeper subject knowledge and capability, and discipline-specific skills, amounting to 60 credits. The second element of the programme consists of a 60 credit module that is flexible and directed, by a process of negotiation between you and the programme team. These elements of the MDes programme mean that you will gain increased experiences of working professionally, greater flexibility and problem-solving skills, and, ideally, first-hand experience of working in employment settings. The intention is to make you highly employable and have demonstrable experience of being able to address complex and challenging professional work. Modules •Locating Practice •Practice and Application •Advanced Professional Practice The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment method

To enable students to develop creatively, formative and summative feedbacks are given: Formative assessment offering advice on how to improve your work occurs at key points before Christmas and before Easter. This provides time for students to reflect on their progress prior to a final or summative assessment. Assessment is designed to enable students to participate in the measurement of their own progress. Students will submit a range of coursework including an on-line reflective journal/blog, sketchbooks, design sheets, finished artworks, screen-based work, installations, technical/ production files, essays and audio-visual presentations. Teaching and learning Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code43J1
Institution code G53
Campus nameWrexham
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

International applicants

This course is not currently available to those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 120 points
A level BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma 120 UCAS Tariff points
Scottish Higher 120 UCAS Tariff points
AS Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Scottish Advanced Higher 120 UCAS Tariff points
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 120 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Accepted as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff point requirement.
Extended Project Accepted as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 120 UCAS Tariff points
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 120 UCAS Tariff points

Wrexham Glyndwr University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at [email protected] for further advice and guidance.

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000* Year 1
England £9000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000* Year 1
Scotland £9000* Year 1
Wales £9000* Year 1
Channel Islands £9000* Year 1
International £11750* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Photography and Film at Glyndwr University, Wrexham - UCAS