Photography at University Centre South Essex - UCAS

Course summary

This course is subject to revalidation and may change. Course overview The programme provides graduates with a broad knowledge and experience of photography and post-production techniques across a range of genres, approaches and contexts. The photography degree is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to become a confident and successful image maker within photography, creative media and fine art. Photography is an exciting creative profession that is continually undergoing changes in response to significant technological developments and the resulting demands from both established and new emerging media that enable creative content to be widely distributed and consumed by a potentially vast audience. Talented and skilled photography graduates are continually sought to provide the industry and fine art sectors with fresh ideas, new perspectives and innovative approaches to creative problem solving in visual communication. The programme aim is to develop and refine distinctive aesthetics that will engage audiences who have increasingly sophisticated levels of visual literacy. Whilst on the programme you will engage with experienced lecturers who come from a wide range of creative and professional disciplines enabling you to increase your technical ability, expand your commercial, cultural and critical understanding of the photographic world and most importantly, enable you to develop your own personal ideas. Year 1 for full-time students (Level 4) Year one offers an introduction to photography and its key concepts, themes, genres and approaches. You will receive both practical and theoretical teaching in lens-based media alongside historical and contemporary studies and cultural theory. Students will gain a wide range of skills to underpin their study, offering you the opportunity to develop an awareness of photography and its uses in contemporary media, art and society whilst acquiring additional skills in communication, presentation and problem-solving. Year 2 for full-time students (Level 5) Year two builds upon the skills and knowledge you will acquire during the first year, with emphasis on developing a deeper understanding of ideas and concepts. This will be a time for you to work on more self-directed projects taking your practice in particular directions. You will work on 'live' projects to enable you to gain work experience and develop industry contacts, alongside entering national professional photographic competitions. You will also explore personal career development and the relationship between commercial practice and other visual arts. Year 3 for full-time students (Level 6) Year three places particular emphasis upon independent learning and the ability to take responsibility for managing your own personal development and planning for your chosen career pathway. These skills are key to supporting your final major project and dissertation. You will complete a substantial body of photographic work that will be presented in an exhibition. You will also work on producing a professional photographic portfolio that is to be supported by a website and other marketing materials that will help you secure employment or further your studies.


Year 1 (120 Credits) - 5 units PH101 Analogue Processes (15 credits) PH102 Visual Culture and Contexts (15 credits) PH103 Location (30 credits) PH104 Studio (30 credits) PH105 Moving Image (30 credits) Year 2 (120 Credits) - 5 units PH201 Materials and Methods (15 credits) PH202 Student Led Project (30 credits) PH203 Professional Development and Placement (30 credits) PH204 Live Brief (30 credits) PH205 Cultural Contexts and Dissertation Proposal (15 credits) Year 3 (120 Credits) - 4 units PH301 Dissertation (30 credits) PH302 Refinement of Photographic Intentions (15 credits) PH303 Subject Realisation (45 credits) PH304 Professional Development and Portfolio (30 credits)

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback Assessment Coursework is assessed in a range of different ways in order to accommodate a variety of learning styles and aptitudes including portfolio and sketchbook submissions, group presentations, written essays and research folders. There are no examinations. Feedback You will receive formative feedback as part of your one-to-one sessions with your unit teachers. You will also receive summative feedback on all formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your unit leader tutor. Feedback can be given in a range of different ways in order to accommodate a variety of learning styles and aptitudes including group critiques, recorded verbal feedback and written feedback. We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in (for all formal studio based coursework assessment

How to apply

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University Centre Southend
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

The University Centre has decided to temporarily stop sponsoring international students who need a student visa to study on our programmes in our campuses in the UK until further notice.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 - minimum 5.5. across all components.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1
EU £17930 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

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