BA (Hons) Photography at Arts University Bournemouth is a world-renowned, exciting and challenging course that allows you to develop your own ambitious practice in the medium of photography. If you get excited by the material processes of the 19th and 20th Centuries, black and white and colour film processing and darkroom printing, or lean more towards high-end digital photography, VR or moving image and sound, you will gain hands-on experience and guidance by specialists here at AUB. We are well connected and invite a wide range of industry and artworld professionals to lead you in workshops and tutorials; we also take you to practitioners’ studios, which have recently included Lucas Blalock and Erin O’Keefe in New York, and Richard Learoyd in London. With a professional degree, you will graduate with the ability to embrace a range of possible careers: professional photographer (documentary, portrait, still life…), editor, artist, curator, educator, gallerist or progress to postgraduate study. Internationally-recognised practitioners including Nick Knight and Wolfgang Tillmans began their careers here. What you will learn The course responds to contemporary photography in a creative and experimental way, embracing and integrating a range of technologies. You are asked to freely explore your individual ideas and impulses within a structured, well-resourced and supportive environment that values a strong visual investigation supported by a contextual awareness of the medium and how it relates to and assimilates into other disciplines. The expansive nature of the course allows you to experience photography in a wide cultural context gaining a comprehensive knowledge of the mediums positions and audiences. This is especially important in helping you to choose a vocational pathway as you define your practice and prepare for employment. The course values the mediums history and recognises the importance of its influence on contemporary practice. It does not impose a house style but encourages you to be spirited and believe in your own modus operandi. The current diversity of photography is both exciting and challenging and the courses commitment to tutorial led learning and teaching ensures that you are well supported and encouraged in your studies. The course ultimately aims to produce well-educated and creative individuals with the knowledge and skills to engage in and navigate the creative industries in a confident and interesting way. As you develop through the course, you will choose from a broad range of vocational pathways and acquire the skills and documentation needed. Across the three years approximately 63% of your time will be contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio, and the remainder will be independent study. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based. By the end of the course you will be able to...
- Demonstrate that you have explored your creativity in an experimental and risk taking way and have developed and applied a range of specialist technical and professional skills.
- Demonstrate that you have developed your awareness of the medium of photography in relation to historical and contemporary photographic practice.
- Demonstrate that you have developed critical skills, advanced problem solving skills, awareness and judgement as well as being engaged in your practice with autonomy and professionalism.
- Demonstrate your awareness of ethical, sustainable, social and cultural issues appropriate to your practice.
- Demonstrate ambition and preparation for your professional career
Coursework and practical work
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
AUB welcomes applications for direct entry to year 2 or 3 of our degree courses, providing your previous studies can be assessed to be equivalent to the work completed at AUB. We require that the institution be accredited or recognized by the relevant national authority. . To enter year 2/year 3 you will need to have passed 120/240 ECTS credits in your first and second years of study and that the units you have studied on the course are broadly equivalent to what the students in our first year/first two years will have learned. Please note that having completed the required number of credits is not by itself sufficient to guarantee placement on the subsequent year. AUB assesses applicants on the whole of the application and the course team will recommend the offer admission on the year that is suited to the applicant’s entire profile.
**Please see AUB's website for a full list of our entry requirements, including tariff points where applicable.** We are happy to accept a wide range of qualifications, including but not limited to: A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma, OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma(s), Access to HE courses, Scottish Highers, IB Diploma Programme, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. We can also accept many EU and International qualifications. See website for details. Email Admissions ([email protected]) with any queries about entry requirements. We welcome applicants who are currently studying or who have gained a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and this qualification meets our level three entry requirements. This is a recommended qualification for many of our courses but it is not a compulsory qualification. Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 qualifications are considered on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of Level 3 qualifications. Please check your qualifications using UCAS Tariff calculator and remember we are looking for the equivalent of 3 A levels if you are combining Level 3 qualifications. AUB tailors its offers to the qualifications an applicant is studying and looks for applicant to be studying a relevant creative subject. AUB makes offers based on up to three A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications with the most UCAS Tariff points attached to them to give applicants the best chance possible at achieving our required tariff (120 UCAS Tariff points in most cases).
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Additional entry requirements
Once your application has been reviewed admissions will request a link to a digital portfolio for review by the course team.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, speaking and listening)|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||minimum score of 18 in writing, listening, and reading and 19 in speaking.|
|Cambridge English Advanced||C||Overall score of 180|
|PTE Academic||54||A minimum of 51 in each component|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||Overall score of 200|
English language requirements
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|