East Sussex College

BA(Hons) Visual Communication Design: Photography East Sussex College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Brighton


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Course summary

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Our Visual Communication: Photography course is much more than just taking pictures. Your passion for photography will provide you with a solid base from which to develop your practical skills and knowledge and enable you to gain a usable understanding of visual language and its contextual importance.

We will encourage you to express your creative abilities, exploring and combining new knowledge, skills, and understanding to develop photographic practice in a variety of contexts, environments, and media. You will be free to explore traditional and contemporary photography, take advantage of the numerous local photographic opportunities and encouraged to get involved with the vibrant and diverse creative community, all while learning specialist and transferable skills from industry experts and our highly experienced and qualified tutors.

Course details


In your first year we will introduce you to the essential photographic knowledge and skills you will need when working with camera and light, helping you to create a well exposed image. You’ll learn post-production skills needed for successful darkroom printing and digital manipulations and also develop creative strategies and visual communication techniques that will enable you to effectively respond to client briefs and projects.

During the second year you will develop more critical and analytical skills as you will have the freedom to explore and experiment in any photographic related medium you wish. You will then be asked to evaluate your work on a personal and professional level. You will be able to work on a self-devised commercial brief providing you with an opportunity to showcase your skills, and you will be able to gain a greater understanding and context of photography, helping to prepare you for your final year.

In your final year you will be able to cultivate innovative approaches and reflect upon past practice. You will contextualise your work and undertake your dissertation project, as well as fine-tune your photography skills during a work experience placement; all helping you to discover your future pathway in the industry.

How to apply

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 code W640
Institution code S83
Campus name Station Plaza (pre-2019)
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points In addition to your UCAS Tariff requirements you will also be required to attend an interview and present a portfolio of your work.

If you are a mature student and fall below the entry requirements, evidence of prior learning with an appropriate portfolio of work or relevant industry experience will be considered.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7,900 Year 1
International £7,900 Year 1
England £7,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7,500 Year 1
Scotland £7,500 Year 1
Wales £7,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our full-time tuition fees for UK students starting in 2017-18 is £7,500 for an undergraduate degree. Our full-time tuition fees for International and EU students starting in 2017-18 is £7,900 for an undergraduate degree. Studying with us will give you excellent value for money. Our lower fees, compared to many other universities, help you to save money, while getting the very best from our expert tutors.

Provider information

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East Sussex College
Station Plaza
Station Approach
Hastings, East Sussex
TN34 1BA

Course contact details

Admissions (Hastings and Ore)

01424 458466