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UCEN Manchester

Contemporary Photographic Practices

UCAS Code: W640

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

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Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Photography

Photography is now the most important visual media – everyday billions of people share their lives using photography on social media, while all goods and services use photographs online and in print. And within this expanded field, quality photography has more impact than ever before.

This useful and innovative course nurtures the skills, creativity, knowledge and ideas necessary to prepare students for a broad range of photography careers - from art, to commercial sectors like fashion, editorial or advertising. A solid grounding in photographic history will enable students to develop confidence in their specialism. Students will be encouraged to think critically, take risks and explore their creative potential, with opportunities to experiment with analogue and digital photography, moving image, text or sound. Throughout, students will be supported to recognise transferable skills that may open doors to related fields – from marketing & brand development to jobs within the cultural sector.

Students will receive creative opportunities fronted by one of the leading photographic institutes in the country. Open Eye Gallery’s cutting-edge approach will engage them artistically and explore opportunities within community, education and public gallery sectors. Curators, critics and programmers at Open Eye Gallery will input throughout the course with a strong focus on personal and professional development.

Students will engage in learning on campus and in Open Eye Gallery, providing access to the experiences and career pathways of tutors and professionals with extensive experience in art-world and industry photographic practices.

Modules

Examples of current modules-

Mixed and Multi Media Techniques: This unit allows students to formulate and develop a more experimental and diverse photographic portfolio by applying both digital and analogue techniques.

Photographic Practices: This Unit aims to ensure that all students have a suitable skill level in equipment and processes to confidently explore developing concepts.

Portrait, Identity and Narration: This unit aims to develop an understanding of how photography can be used to identify and represent both individuals and groups. This unit will begin to explore the way in which the photograph is used to implicate identity through the use of portraiture and representation of individuals or groups.

Content, Context and Audience (FMP): This unit is the level 5 students’ final major project. The emphasis of the unit is to produce a major final photographic piece of work, with consideration to contemporary practices in photography.

Digital Publishing: This unit will add to theories developed in the first year of the degree, through the review and critical analysis of theories in visual communication & digital publishing platforms.

Landscape and Environment: This Unit aims to develop practical skills using a range of techniques and processes on location. In addition it emphasises the need for contextualised research through both historical and contemporary practitioners, relating this to the individual’s concepts.

Assessment methods

Level 4 - 45% Coursework, 55% Practical
Level 5 - 60% Coursework, 40% Practical

The Uni


Course location:

Fielden Campus

Department:

Digital Media (BCCI)

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