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Digital Imaging and Photography

Hugh Baird College

UCAS Code: 8B80 | Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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Full-time | 2022



The BA (Hons) Top up in Digital Imaging and Photography has been designed to build on existing photographic and digital imaging skills and support undergraduates to become confident and articulate image-makers. The aims of the programme are to:
•Allow students to build upon previous level 4 and 5 qualifications or industrial experience to further widen participation in higher education and develop their ability to produce innovative work of high quality with an awareness of professional level requirements and expectations
•Provide the framework to support undergraduates to build on their strengths and interests and to further develop these in sufficient depth to provide a sound grounding for professional and/or postgraduate work
•Guide students to acquire further knowledge and understanding, develop personal attributes and master essential technical and transferable skills so that they are able to work independently in the photography / digital imaging sector or other related areas
•Develop students’ academic and research skills where appropriate, preparing them for study at Master’s level and expand their experiences and outlook in relation to the world of professional creativity


You will study a range of practical, professional and contextual approaches to digital imaging and photography and will learn through the production of personal and commercial briefs designed to facilitate increasing levels of independence, inspiring ownership of process, product and skills. Students will have full access to well equipped studio space and both digital and traditional photographic facilities, including the latest Apple Mac computers, Adobe software, large format digital printing and traditional darkroom.
Core modules, include:
Portfolio Development
Undergraduates will be asked to reflect on the area of industry they intend to work in after graduation. They will be required to research the ideas, techniques and working practices specific to this professional arena in order to gain a realistic appraisal of what they will need for working in such a competitive field.
Where possible, undergraduates will build links with relevant professional organisations, bodies or practitioners. In response to this research, they will then develop two bodies of photographic work and relevant promotional material aimed at their intended industry / client base.
Contextual Studies (Design Futures) (Elective)
This module further develops core themes and key concepts developed before with relevant contexts underpinning and complementing the undergraduates’ photography and digital imaging activities. The following should only be seen only as an indicative structure as the module is student directed.
• An understanding and identification of the relevant photography issues
• Definition of research areas
• Analytical discussion to consider research implications
• Innovative and original conclusions and define a potential future scenario
As the culmination of Semester 1 activities, undergraduates will produce a visually rich report that communicates the main threads of discussion and concludes with a potential future scenario that could provide a context for further design work.
Professional Development
Extensive independent research will be conducted in this module. It will focus on relevant professional / business related practices that underpin their field. They will produce a report and a twelve-month business plan detailing their professional development for the final semester and the period directly following graduation. Students will develop their professional skills through either undertaking a relevant work placement or through undertaking work with a client. They will be encouraged throughout to work with relevant University bodies to further their professional understanding and opportunities.
Responsive Module
This module enables the course to respond flexibly to external opportunities raised by emerging events such as local partnerships, industrial links or cultural phenomena. This will provide opportunities for professional development, engagement in the community or entrepreneurship and this may involve collaboration between undergraduates across programmes or institutions, locally, regionally or nationally. Alternatively, it will enable the programme to respond to emerging issues or events from its own sector - for example the biennial 'Look15 - Liverpool International Photography Festival'. It may also be in the form of specific practices that are at risk of under-representation within the programme or the defined need to address a specific cohort area of development.
Honours Project
The Honours Project will to enable the student to draw together the specialist and supporting studies they have developed up until this point into a coherent integrated project based upon a significant major theme. Specific content may be determined as part of the project negotiation process.

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