Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Photography

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Course summary

On our BA (Hons) Photography course will develop a creative, professional identity and signature style by combining technique, theory and ethical practice with experimentation. You will explore contemporary photographic practice, including documentary, moving image, landscape, portrait and fine art photography, gaining a rounded knowledge of these varied and exciting disciplines. Collaboration with other disciplines is encouraged, developing new ideas and connections with subjects such as graphic communication and film and animation. The course will show you how creative, documentary and arts-based photographers can become commercially successful in diverse careers from galleries and publishing to advertising campaigns. What's covered in the course? You will learn through practice, by developing confidence as a contemporary photographer. Your learning will be informed by developing a deeper understanding of current photographic practice, from commercial briefs, to publishing, exhibiting, editorial and photojournalism. You will learn from award-winning staff with international reputations and a wealth of industry experience, having worked for prestigious international clients. There is also a dedicated technical support team and exceptional facilities situated within the City Centre Campus. These include industry-standard photographic studios, darkrooms, television studios, editing suites, a giant green screen studio and an extensive Hires and Loans department. We will help you to collaborate both within the University as well as externally, with live briefs for real clients. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for part of the course, or to go on trips to destinations such as New York, Berlin and Paris. All of this, combined with our innovative course structure, has led to us being recognised by Creative Skillset. This award recognises that we are a centre of excellence, teaching industry standards, and equipping students with the skills and knowledge that employers look for. We also have exceptional levels of external engagement, with visiting lectures given by nationally and internationally-recognised photographers, as well as having numerous links with industry, workshops, seminars, masterclasses, careers advice, portfolio reviews, mentorships and placements. In an environment of imagination and experimentation, we will nurture your talent and help you to develop into an employable and creative photographer.

Course details

Modules

In year one you will gain confidence as you develop creative and technical photography skills. You are introduced to visual communication principles before focusing on photography, and explore theories about creative practice. Year two contextualises your work within contemporary practice. Live projects, industry links and competitions are a key part of this stage and you can opt for a collaborative practice module, working with students from other visual communication subjects. In year three you will focus on your area of specialism, working in smaller groups, supported by seminars from industry expert practitioners, exploring areas such as networking, freelance practice, entrepreneurship, self-promotion and introductory media. You will develop a sustained and individual portfolio of work, contextualised by a dissertation.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
W640
Institution code:
B25
Campus name:
Parkside Building Campus
Campus code:
C

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Portfolio

If your application is progressed, you will be invited to provide a portfolio of your creative work for review. This can be submitted digitally or you can physically bring it in. Your portfolio is your opportunity to show examples of your work and creative interests to support your application. Guidance on how to put your portfolio together will be provided once you have made your application.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6overall with no less than 5.5 in any level

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
88%
Student satisfaction
75%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
80%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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