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Studying Photojournalism & Documentary photography at Swansea gives you the opportunity to be part of a vibrant, innovative course with a passion for photography at its core.
Photography can change the way we look at and perceive the world. Using image and text, exhibitions, moving image/multimedia, and applying journalistic principles to assigned briefs and self-initiated ideas, you will develop the ability to interpret and understand the role images play in defining society and our relationships with each other.
As well as photojournalism, our graduates go on to a wide range of successful careers, including editorial and commercial photography, picture editing and research, curating, publishing, journalism and teaching. The MArts option allows students to leave with a postgraduate-level course on completion of the fourth year. The final year is designed to facilitate the creation of creative enterprises or collaborative working with industry. During this year students have access to studio space at the Elysium Studios in Swansea and will be working alongside practising artists who have studios based at this location.
The modular structure allows engagement with a wide range of relevant assignments that will develop your visual ability, but also theory, research and transferable skills. Students have the opportunity to apply to study abroad for part of their second year. Modules include: Photography Production; Documentary Practice; Visual Studies; Ways of Thinking; Photojournalism in Context; Individual Practice; Ways of Perceiving; Developing a Unique Voice; Collaborative Photographic Practice; Visual Enquiry; Creative Research; Contemporary Narratives; Professional Photographic Practice; Research Practices; Marketing & Self Promotion; Advanced Creative Enquiry; Major Project and External Liaison; Dissertation; The Thought Experiment Advanced Critical Thinking; Advanced Professional Practice; and, Principal Project.
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:
Usually at the start of a scheduled contact period, lectures will generally consist of a formal presentation giving information relevant to the module, accompanied by visuals, and followed by a screening or group tutorial/activity.
Depending on the cohort size, module content and individual lecturer preferences, these are usually in groups of no more than six students at a time and delivered over a set period.
Most often scheduled for level 5, level 6 & level 7 students, individual tutorials offer a more focused and in-depth opportunity for student feedback and development of ideas. Most often arranged in relation to individual practice modules such as Student Led Projects.
Group critiques are scheduled regularly for all year groups. For level 4 these often form part of the assessment at the end of short projects, for levels 5, 6 & 7 they are scheduled for the purpose of interim reviews and work-in-progress feedback, involving student participation and peer criticism.
Delivered to teach specific skills to students, group size will depend on subject and room size, can include project work. These are not usually formally marked, but can be subject to group criticism, and informal feedback will be given.
Formal presentations by students to peers and staff are used for research and development through to finished work. Students usually begin doing presentations at level 4 in small groups to build confidence in the process. There are then assessed research presentations to peers at level 5 and Major Project Presentations to staff and other year groups in level 6 & 7. The presentation is an ideal vehicle for developing individual confidence and transferable skills.
How to apply
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!
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|Campus name||Dynevor, Swansea|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||120 points||Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications and portfolio of work.|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
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