Photography Top-Up at University Centre Grimsby - UCAS

Course summary

This course is validated by the University of Hull.  The course provides students progressing from a relevant FdA programme (or equivalent) with the opportunity of gaining a full BA (Hons) in Photography. As a student on the course, you will be offered the space to design, plan, co-ordinate and manage creative, photographic, and critical academic work. The course aims to create graduates who are as capable of exploring photographic practice within a critical context as they are at producing examples of photographic work, and who are as comfortable writing and speaking about photography, its rich and varied history and cultural importance, as they are working ‘in the field’ or in a studio setting. Your studies on the course will balance the creative with the critical, making you equally capable of progressing on to postgraduate study or working as an independently-minded, creative practitioner within whatever field of photography interests you. You will also get experience in collaborating with like-minded individuals to organise an exhibition and promote your work through both traditional channels and new opportunities that have presented themselves in the digital age (for example, via websites, social media and self-publishing). A core aspect within the study of photography entails an engagement with the relationships that exist between areas of photographic practice and their artistic, industrial and social/cultural contexts. You will be encouraged to explore these issues, whilst practicing independence in terms of the planning, managing and organisation of both a long-term photographic project and a dissertation investigating an aspect of photography that interests you. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to articulate an appreciation and comprehension of key issues within contemporary photography; you will be encouraged to extend your photographic practice whilst also demonstrating the ability to explore your methods’ relationships with those practiced by other photographers – both contemporary and historical. Upon graduating from the course, you will be capable of articulating the methodologies within your photographic work, with the aim of producing work which is not simply technically competent, but demonstrates a level of originality and engagement with both photographic history/theory and relevant social/cultural issues. The programme will provide you with the skills you need in order to progress on to postgraduate study in photography or related subjects, or to allow you entry into graduate level employment. This could be as a practicing photographer within a commercial context, or initiating and promoting your own work in a fine art or documentary-related context; or, alternatively, in relevant disciplines, for example, teaching or writing about photography and other aspects of the arts and culture. This course is primarily designed for face-to-face learning, with attendance during lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses, or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed, TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted, with some lessons taking place in small groups and others using online sessions and support.


Trimester 1 modules Creative and Professional Development (20 credits) Trimester 1 and 2 modules Major Project (40 credits) Trimester 2 and 3 modules Dissertation (40 credits) Trimester 3 modules Exhibition (20 credits)

Assessment method

Assessment will be via production of both photographic work (evidenced through an independent major project) and critical engagement with relevant issues within photography (evidenced via a dissertation). Given that this is Level 6, students will be expected to demonstrate independence in the selection of appropriate projects / topics, with appropriate guidance from the module leaders / project supervisors. These forms of assessment are designed to demonstrate students’ independence and their ability to select, manage, plan and implement a relevant and appropriate project. The Major Project and Dissertation modules are intended to assess the students’ application of skills (both those related to photography and, more widely, encompassing their ability to work independently) alongside their comprehension of relevant theories, methods of analysis and contexts relating to the study of photography. Alongside this, students’ comprehension of the professional contexts in which photography is produced will be assessed via a project intended to encourage students to research and reflect on the types of employment relevant to photography, and the production of an ‘exit strategy’ intended to facilitate students’ awareness of the potential routes for progression (on to either further study or employment) available to them. Finally, working together, students will also be required to plan, organise and manage an exhibition in which their work is showcased to an audience, encouraging students to consider issues relating to the contexts of exhibition of examples of photography, negotiating professional ethics and demonstrating an ability to work collaboratively.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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University Centre Grimsby
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Students will be required to have successfully completed 240 credits from the first two years of study on a Foundation Degree or DipHE in photography or related discipline with a minimum average of 50% at level 5.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £8500 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Accommodation costs are £85-105 per week. Students will be required to submit a hard copy, self-published version of your Major Project. The cost of printing this will be incurred by the student. Costs for this will, of course, depend on the size of the project and the company you choose to use, but in most cases this will not exceed £50. As part of the assessed exhibition, students will also be liable for costs involved in printing and framing their work, promoting the exhibition and booking a venue. Finally, the dissertation will be submitted in hard copy and bound; students will be responsible for the cost/s of printing and binding the dissertation.
Photography Top-Up at University Centre Grimsby - UCAS