BA (Hons) Visual Communication: Photography

What will I learn?

(This course is subject to validation from University of Brighton)

Our BA (Hons) Photography course will give you the skills and knowledge to create strong photographic images that achieve their aims. To be able to articulate the reasoning for an approach whether it is grounded in historical or contemporary cultural contexts are important attributes for the successful photographer.

The course recognises these requirements and provides you with the opportunity to gain the visual, contextual and technical skills necessary to be able to choose the appropriate approach to successfully meet the needs of the client.

You will be supported to build a portfolio that reflects your interests and demonstrates your abilities with a camera. By the end of the course you will be ready to launch yourself into the industry.

The course is taught by experienced academic staff, all of whom have background and current work in the industry. Their knowledge is invaluable in bringing this course to life and giving you the best balance of theory with practical application.

During the course you will study a range of topics including:

  • Introducing practice - workshops in core photographic skills
  • Visual communication and idea generation
  • Professional Development - investigating methods and best practice
  • Extending practice - deepening your practice
  • Contextual studies
  • Professional practice - engaging with professionals
  • Personal project: Specialist Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Professional development - work placement and live briefs

What could I progress on to?

Upon successful completion of this course, students have gone on to open their own galleries, curate exhibitions and exhibit as well as further study.

Many students have won photographic awards and have had work published in photographic periodicals.

Additional Course Details for 17/18

  • Course code 16642Y1
    Course name BA (Hons) Visual Communication: Photography Year 1
    Campus Station Plaza
    Study mode Full-Time
    Days Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri
    Start date 02/10/17
    Duration 30 week (s)

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