University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant)

Photography in the Arts (Swansea College of Art)

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Course summary

Over the past decade the photographic image has transformed the landscape of visual communication and culture. Our Photography in the Arts programme at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD believes in embracing these changes, and encourages you to explore and experiment with the medium in its broadest sense, with a focus upon self-expression and innovation. Our philosophical ethos is based on teaching you how images ‘function’ within the context of our predominantly visual world, understanding how meaning and narrative is created through lens-based media. Photography is a universal language, and we believe in the power of photography to engage creatively with the urgent issues of our time in ways that resonant with us all. Our staff are committed to stimulating dialogue and debate, on both internationally and local levels, to develop a greater understanding of ourselves, of others, and of the relations between familiar and distant cultures. As an artist working with lens-based media, you will discover the magic of photography, moving image and installation through hands-on expert-led workshops, lectures, and seminars. Through this process of discovery, you will learn the fundamentals of photographic art practice and apply these skills to a range of live-briefs and self-directed outcomes. Our course is engaged in both the materiality of photography, as well as its digital applications, and will encourage you to explore conceptual ideas that challenge expectations of image making within visual culture. Alongside our expert, specialist lecturers and technicians, you will make connections between industry through our vibrant visiting lecturer programme, which provides opportunities for students to hear, see and meet a range of professionals working within the field of photography. You will learn what is required to have a successful career within the visual arts, and you can expect to join our recent alumni in the fastest growing sector, the creative industries. Examples of graduate employment range from self-employed business owners, editorial and advertising photographers, artists, curators and gallery directors. The photography department at Swansea College of Art has superb, state-of-the-art facilities and a very friendly atmosphere with small class sizes offering exceptional student to staff interaction. For more information, please get in touch or visit us on one of our upcoming open days. Open days are a great chance to look around our studies, meet our staff and ask any questions you may have.


Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA) • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Fugitive Testimonies (20 credits; compulsory) • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Photographic Art Practice (20 credits; compulsory) • Visual Studies 1 (10 credits; compulsory) • Visual Studies 2 (10 credits; compulsory) • Ways of Perceiving (10 credits; compulsory) • Ways of Thinking (10 credits; compulsory). Year Two – Level 5 (Dip HE & BA) • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Experimental Strategies (20 credits; compulsory) • Personal Philosophies (20 credits; compulsory) • Research in Context (10 credits; compulsory) • Research in Practice (10 credits; compulsory) • Visual Enquiry 1 (10 credits; compulsory) • Visual Enquiry 2 (10 credits; compulsory). Year Three – Level 6 (BA) • Advanced Creative Enquiry (20 credits; compulsory) • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Major Project (60 credits; compulsory).

Assessment method

Assessment is carried out through coursework, both written and practical. There are no exams on this course. Students are formatively assessed throughout a module, summative assessment takes place at the end of a module. A variety of teaching and learning methods are used throughout the course which include: Lectures, seminars, group/individual tutorials, workshops and presentations. There are regular opportunities for one-to-one tutorials with staff for students to get feedback on their work.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1

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