Photographic Practice (with Moving Image)

The Northern School of Art

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Arts University Bournemouth
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Course summary

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This programme gives you the technical and conceptual frameworks needed to develop an independent creative practice in fine art, video and documentary photography. Exploration and risk taking are at the heart of our exceptional grounding in high-end film, digital and moving image techniques and workflows. You will be producing work for a range of location and studio-based assignments as well as building a portfolio designed to compete with today’s top photographers. Through teaching from a variety of practitioners who possess extensive skills in contemporary photography and research you will be encouraged and supported to develop your own creative vision, setting you up for a successful career in your chosen area of practice. Business skills and self-promotion will also be emphasised throughout the course so students can build successful and sustainable practices. You will explore creative and practical ways to reach new audiences through the production of artist-books, exhibitions and an online presence that develops your own visual language. The area in which the College is set, with its industrial heritage, coast line and rural scenery, provides a visually stimulating and challenging place to hone your practice. The region has a rich tradition of documentary, narrative and formal landscape photography.

Course details


In your first year (Level Four) you will explore: Professional digital workflow and printing • Shooting film and darkroom practice • Studio lighting techniques • Story-telling through visual imagery • Large format cameras on location In your second year (Level Five) you will develop: Advanced techniques and processes • Creative thought processes in the production of images • Documentary moving image skills • Independent working • Your own photographic practice In your third year (Level Six) you will produce: Develop your Minor Project • Produce your Dissertation • Develop your Professional Practice (to include employability skills, self-promotion, online content marketing & web sites) • Deliver your Final Major Project

Assessment method

In course assessment. Each module is assessed upon completion and given a percentage mark.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW640
Institution code C71
Campus nameThe Northern School of Art
Campus codeH

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We do not currently accept students from outside of the EU.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Pass Foundation Diploma

Your potential is our main focus when assessing your suitability for the programme you have applied to. Because of this, we take into account all aspects of your application and not just your academic profile. If you are a mature applicant (i.e. 21+ years), we will place more emphasis on your portfolio and the skills and experience you can demonstrate at interview. Your portfolio, which you bring to interview, is an integral part of the assessment. It should demonstrate your current skills, interests and knowledge where appropriate. It is also expected that you will bring evidence of written work to interview and/or have a Level 2 qualification in English/Literacy.

Additional entry requirements



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

As with most creative programmes delivered at higher education, this programme will have additional costs such as material and basic tools and contribution towards educational visits to ensure successful completion of the programme. The School offers financial support packages to help with this, whether this be through means-tested bursaries, scholarships or grants. In addition, the School offers subsidised resale of course materials, free use of studios etc. More detailed information is provided at the interview stage; however, if you require this sooner please contact [email protected]

Provider information

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The Northern School of Art
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TS24 7EX

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Photographic Practice (with Moving Image) at The Northern School of Art - UCAS