BA (Hons) Visual Communication: Photography

What entry requirements do I need?

You will need a minimum of: Minimum of 64 UCAS points (160 old system) from a BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma / A Levels / Foundation Diploma / Access Diploma in a related subject; if English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6 in writing; proof of qualifications; a satisfactory reference.

What will I learn?

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.

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. Core modules

  • 101 - Light and Camera
  • 102 - Traditional and Digital Media
  • 103 - Moving Image
  • 104 - Generate Communicate
  • 105 - Contextual Studies 1
  • 106 - Professional Development

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. Core modules

  • 201 - Extending Practice
  • 202 - Applied Practice
  • 203 - Contextual Studies 2
  • 204 - Personal and Professional Development
  • 205 - Portfolio Project

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. Core modules

  • 301 - Specialist Practice
  • 302 – Dissertation
  • 303 - Professional Development and Progression
  • 304 - Major Project

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

What could I progress on to?

Once you have graduated, you will have a diverse range of transferable skills that will enable you to start your career in this exciting industry. You will be fully equipped to seek out roles and apply your knowledge as a freelance photographer, or perhaps in an agency. Other options could include further study onto MA Photography programmes.

Additional Course Details for 18/19

  • Course code 16642Y1
    Course name BA (Hons) Visual Communication: Photography Year 1
    Campus Station Plaza Campus
    Study mode Full-Time
    Days Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri
    Start date 01/10/18
    Duration 30 week (s)

Additional Course Details for 19/20

  • Course code 16642Y1
    Course name BA (Hons) Visual Communication: Photography Year 1
    Campus Station Plaza Campus
    Study mode Full-Time
    Days Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri
    Start date 01/10/19
    Duration 30 week (s)

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