(With Moving Image)

Photographic Practice (With Moving Image)

Why should you study Photographic Practice with moving image?

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.


BA (Hons) Photographic Practice (with moving image)*

UCAS Code W640

UCAS Tariff 96 (2018 start) | 112 (2019 start)

Duration Three years

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.

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

• Martin Parr

• Dan Holdsworth

• Tessa Bunney

• Frede Spencer Twenty Twenty Photo Agency

• Simon Roberts

• Chris Harrison

• Mimi Mollica

• Brian Cannon



We have a dedicated team of experienced and specialist staff who have exhibited, published and had works screened in film festivals and broadcast on BBC, ITV and Sky Arts.

What will you study on Photographic Practice?

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, selfpromotion, online content marketing & web sites)
  • Deliver your Final Major Project


  •  In recent years we have seen the following go on to work in a range of exciting and challenging vocations, these have included:
  •  Peter Caton – Editorial travel photographer; Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal
  •  Boo George – Fashion editorial photographer; London, Milan, New York, San Francisco
  •  Dan Holdsworth – Artist / photographer; Australia, America, Iceland, Sweden, Switzerland
  •  Laurie Fletcher – Editorial photographer; London
  •  Jason Hynes – Photographer, Editing + installation work; UK and USA
  •  Georgia Donkin – Post-graduate researcher; Sotheby’s London


Access to first-rate facilities (digital and film based) help you learn about the culture and
practice of photography. This is supported by a dedicated team of experienced and specialist staff
who have exhibited, published and had works screened in film festivals and broadcast on BBC, ITV
and Sky Arts.
Facilities include:
• A wide range of cameras (Canon / Fuji / Hasselblad / Phase One / Toyo)
• Fully equipped professional standard studio
• Dedicated tethered shooting
• Mac-based workflow
• Adobe Creative Cloud suites
• Provision for moving image software and hardware
• Fully equipped and supplied colour and black and white darkrooms
• Full technical support

The staff are mostly made up of practicing artists who inspire students by sharing their current projects, exhibitions and influences. There are also frequent visiting lecturers, which is really interesting and gives an insight into what it’s like to work within the industry.

Rachel Deakin
Third year (Level 6) student

The transition from college to university-level was really easy, I enjoyed it

Marius Hanzak
Third year (Level 6) student

QAA commended the way CCAD enhances student learning

Only 15% of the institutions reviewed received a commendation in 14/15


96.7% of 2016 graduates

were in work or full-time study six months after graduation

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