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BA (Hons) Photography

This degree is a progressive photography course which is suited to students who want to become cutting-edge photographers and who have something to say.

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BA (Hons)
UCAS Code: W640
UCAS Tariff: 240
Duration: Three years
(Or over 4 years as part of our Extended Study Route)
BA (Hons) Photography (Fine Art)
BA (Hons) Photography (Commercial)

The photography degree, with its pathways in Fine Art Photography and Commercial Photography offers a progressive and comprehensive approach to the study of photography. We have a distinct reputation for producing a high calibre of student work through the combination of practice, theory
and professionalism.

Whether you are interested in advertising, documentary story-telling, editorial or fashion photography the course provides you with transferable skills for many related career pathways.

What makes us different is a fascinating and visually challenging region, to work in, rich in a documentary tradition. This is supplemented by annual study visits to a major European city.

Access to first-rate facilities (digital and film based) help you respond and learn about the challenges of the culture and practice of photography and is supported by a dedicated team of specialist staff.

Visiting lecturers provide a connection to the professional worlds of fine art, documentary, advertising, publishing and curating. These
have included:

• Dan Holdsworth
• Tessa Bunney
• Ian Macdonald
• Martin Parr
• Simon Roberts
• Chris Harrison
• Sirkka Liisa Konttinen

We offer a range of exciting workshop opportunities from leading names in industry including:

• Association of Photographers
• British Institute of Professional Photographers
• Phase One Certified Professional
• Royal Society of Photography

In recent years we have seen graduates work in a range of Fine Art and Commercial contexts, these have included:

• Boo George – Fashion photographer at Vogue / Italian Vogue
• Georgia Donkin – Sotheby’s Institute of Art Research / Curation
• Richy Leeson – Head of Photography at Ted Baker
• Chris Allen – Post Graduate Studies Arts University Bournemouth

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In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:

• Large format cameras on location
• Professional digital workflow and printing
• Shooting film and darkroom practice
• Studio lighting techniques
• Visual culture

In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:

• Advanced techniques and processes
• Creative thought processes in the production of images
• Independent working
• Your own photographic practice

In your third year (Level Six) you will produce:

• A final project within your chosen specialism
• Dissertation
• Exhibition
• Portfolios for employment
• Work for competitions and live industry briefs

This degree is for you if you wish to have a career in:

• Art administration
• Curation
• Digital image post production
• Documentary photography
• Editorial
• Events photography
• Fashion photography
• Freelance photography
• Media production
• Photojournalism
• Picture research
• Project working
• Publishing
• Teaching and lecturing
• Wedding photography

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