Share the FdA Photography programme
- UCAS Code: tbc
- Credit Level: 5
- Credit Value: 240
- Course Duration: 2 Years Full Time
- Course Start Date: September
- Awarding Body: gifhe
Photography is an exciting, historically important and culturally significant medium. Our FdA Photography programme is designed to appeal to anyone with an enthusiasm for photography. The course aims to balance study of commercial photography with an exploration of the broader importance of photography in documenting the world around us – and its significance as a form of personal expression – in non-commercial genres such as documentary, fine art or street photography.
The course thus balances a consideration of the commercial potential of photography with the important role photography plays as a means of personal and cultural expression. Whilst the commercial element within photographic practice is undeniably important, the medium’s potential to document and explore society, and to allow individuals to express themselves creatively, is equally important – and since its origins, the history of photography has been dominated by this tension between the industrial / commercial and corporate application of photographic practice and extension of photographic practice by vernacular, documentary and fine art forms and practitioners. The degree will provide you with experience of working in commercial genres such as advertising and industrial photography, whilst also giving you the opportunity to explore the worlds of fine art, street and documentary photography. In addition, you will have the opportunity of studying the history of photography, and examining the work of important and contemporary photographers.
The degree is welcoming to people from all backgrounds, both traditional progressors and those returning to education as mature students. Entrants onto our degree level photography provision have in the past come from many different backgrounds: you may simply be an enthusiastic amateur, or you may already work as a photographer. However, regardless of your background, whether you are intending on pursuing a career within commercial photography, establishing your own business or seeking work as a freelancer, our course aims to build on your enthusiasm for the subject, giving you confidence in your abilities whilst providing you with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice or study photography at a higher level.
During your time on the course, you will be given the opportunity of working with both analogue (film-based) and digital formats, and you will be able to practise using our equipment – including our studio and darkroom facilities. During your second year, you will be asked to design, plan and produce your own extended independent project, which you will self-publish, giving you something which can be used to help market yourself as a photographer upon completing the degree.Learn more about this course
You will find all our entry requirements for the FdA Photography degree below.
Degree Entry Requirements
Applicants will require 80 UCAS points. However, in line with the widening participation brief and lifelong learning strategy, the Institute will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, given a short-term photography-related exercise to complete and asked to submit a short essay; these tasks are intended to assess the applicant’s abilities both technically and academically. The submitted work will be judged, taking into account the applicant’s academic potential and relevant experience.
Year 1 (Level 4) Certificate Stage
- Photography Skills and Studio Skills
- Understanding Photographs
- Digital Workflow Systems
- Reportage: Photojournalism and Press Photography
- The History of Photography
- Study Skills and Employability
You will be introduced to the core skills and key concepts whilst allowing you the freedom to find your own approach within whatever types of photography interest you. You will be introduced to equipment and given the opportunity to practice using is. In turn you will be provided with a comprehension of how photographs ‘work’ in communicating meaning to their audiences. You will learn how to use modern professional software to manage, manipulate and archive photographs. Alongside all of the subject specific skills you will be introduced to the skills you need to succeed in your academic studies whilst also reflecting on some of the context in which photographers work.
Year 2 (Level 5) Foundation Stage
- Advertising and Industrial Photography
- The Camera as Storyteller: Documentary and Street Photography
- Authorship in Photography
- Simulating a Commercial Context: Working to a Live Brief
- Critical and Conceptual Practice: Self-directed Project
- Representation and Audience
These modules are designed to provide you with a balance of practising photography within commercial genres against exploring the potential for non-commercial genres to extend the boundaries of photography.