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Photography FdA

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Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code: W640

Duration:2 years

Course type:Full Time

Fees per year:£7500

Entry Requirements

72 UCAS points.

Entry onto the FdA Photography course will be via a successful interview, relevant design qualifications either ‘AS’ and ‘A2’ level, BTEC National Diploma, or GNVQ (level 3) or an equivalent qualification in relevant areas.

Students are also accepted who have appropriate non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience. Please contact the Admissions Tutor for more information.

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FdA Photography validated by University of Central Lancashire

Our FdA in Photography provides a broad and progressive education within the areas of Digital Imaging and Photography for contemporary creative industries. The course will teach you how to understand, interpret and create dynamic visual imagery. Our digital and practical photography degree aims to help you develop a clear understanding of how digital images and photography can be used to communicate and express ideas in the professional world of the creative industries.

Intensive workshop sessions will teach relevant skills and creative visual problem solving. Competition and live client-based briefs will help equip you with the relevant vocational skills and experiences you need to follow a career as a professional photographer and digital image creator.

Course Content - Year 1
  • Introduction to Photography
  • Photography and Narrative
  • Photography and the Everyday
  • Experimental Practice
  • Visualising Ideas
  • The Digital Image
Course Content - Year 2
  • Open Practice
  • Critical Theory
  • Critical Practices
Placements and Work Experience

Opportunity for external visits regionally and internationally will be utilised as well as inviting external guest practitioners to deliver lectures and workshops.

Students are encouraged to seek out placements and work experience and are supported with this as part of their studies. Live and competition briefs are a key element of course content throughout all levels.

What careers can the course lead to?

Photography, Graphic Design, Advertising, Illustration, Branding, Fashion Industry, Artist.

Teaching and Assessment methods

Skills acquisition will be developed throughout the programme using practical briefs as a vehicle for both delivery and assessment. Basic skills development will be the focus of level 4 modules and you will be encouraged to develop and enhance these skills further at level 5.

You will be required to listen to and take part in individual and group critiques and to complete evaluations of the work you have done for each brief. Lectures and seminars will introduce you to historical and contemporary theory and contextual themes. You will be expected to apply this learning to your own work maintaining a continuous link between theory and practice. Moodle will support your learning at all levels as a portal for information and resources and through online discussion forums. At level 6 a more independent ethos is fostered; you will be expected to plan your own learning with support from module tutors culminating in the writing and completion of your honours project.

Facilities particular to the course

A vibrant creative environment, including studios equipped with industry standard software and hardware, will help you to effectively communicate information and ideas appropriate for the modern digital and creative workplace. Photography students have access to Apple Mac and PC suites, printmaking facilities and photographic equipment.

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