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Course summary

By providing you with a solid foundation in photographic theory and practice, this course will offer you the opportunity to take risks, explore ideas and realise your creative potential. The course aims to create flexible, resourceful and creative photographers with well-developed transferable skills, that can be applied to a broad range of commercial, commerce and art based careers. You will work with industry-standard equipment and studios to support you from image capture through to exhibition. You will learn to apply a range of practical contemporary photographic and digital skills in order to explore the creative and intellectual potential of existing, experimental and digital photographic techniques and their application within the creative arts and media industries. Some of the career routes that photography graduates go on to include, archivists, assistants, art directors, curators, digital artists, exhibiting photographers, freelancers, picture researchers, printers, retouches, studio managers, teachers, videographers. You will also have the potential to move across into related careers in marketing, branding, technical support and PR. You will: Learn to develop your individual creative ability with the support of dedicated practitioners and tutors who have extensive experience in the field Learn to explore a range of professional photographic specialisms Learn your practice with an emphasis on hybrid, experimental and trans-media platforms For further information please visit our website;


YEAR 1: The first year of the course is about gaining skills, knowledge and confidence to enable creative play while exploring contemporary photographic practices. You will study a combination of practical and academic/contextual based modules which develop knowledge, understanding and a critical reflective approach towards photographic practice and your own work. Contextual studies lectures and seminars develop knowledge, intellectual rigour, visual literacy and research skills. From this base of practice and theory you will begin to develop an informed understanding of photographic languages. YEAR 2: The second year of the course enhances understanding of professional contexts and contemporary photographic theory and practice. You will continue to develop your own photographic practice and critical skills through a series of projects, folio development, written assignments and research presentations. Emphasis here is on risk taking and the exploration of and experimentation with ideas, research methods, communication skills and imaginative approaches to practice. Professional skills and understanding are developed in relation to areas such as still and moving image, experimental image making, exhibiting, and industry awareness. YEAR 3: The third year of the course further develops an independent approach to photography. You will define an area you wish to explore from both a artistic and professional standpoint. You will focus on realising your creative potential by undertaking a major self-directed project. Individual motivation will be relied upon, and your work will be supervised by academics and practitioners from a broad range of backgrounds and specialisms. This practical body of work is underpinned by extensive practical and theoretical research, and the writing of a contextual dissertation, which critically informs all of your work.

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

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