Cardiff and Vale College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)


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Course summary

The Foundation Degree in Photography focuses on both the creative development and industry specific knowledge and skills required for students to practice as professionals within the creative industries. Traditional silver based photography, digital photography, and extensive studio and location work are key elements of the course with a strong emphasis on practice. You will be introduced to a wide range of digital and traditional equipment and become familiar with industry standard editing and post production techniques and software. You will be encouraged to develop your technical skills to a professional standard and there is strong emphasis on creative and critical engagement. Assignments are varied and interesting, covering disciplines such as photojournalism, documentary photography, fashion photography, commercial photography, fine art approaches and alternative photographic styles. A sound knowledge of the history of photography and awareness of contemporary developments will support and underpin your photographic practice and encourage you to think critically about photography and its impact on our society and culture in Wales and beyond. Upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Photography you will have the opportunity to progress directly onto the final year of the BA(Hons) Photography at USW. This course is delivered at the Creative Arts Academy which is situated a short walk from City Centre campus.

Course details


Year 1 Photography and the Real Photography and Illusion Critical Practices: Histories Photography as Narrative Study Skills Creative Industries Practical Project Year 2 Critical Practice: Paradigms Career Development Short Creative Industries Work Placement Consolidated Photographic Practice

Assessment method

A mix of practical, written and work based assessments, presentations and portfolios

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7500* Year 1
Northern Ireland £7500* Year 1
Scotland £7500* Year 1
Wales £7500* Year 1
Channel Islands £7500* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the College library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed on the College website (on individual course pages). Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense. EU students who have settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme, may be eligible for student finance and be designated as a home student for fees purposes. Irish nationals are eligible for support under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

Sponsorship information

CAVC has a range of bursaries and scholarships that students on undergraduate, higher education programmes can apply for to support their studies. Applicants can find more information by visiting the college website

Photography at Cardiff and Vale College - UCAS