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Nottingham College

Photography Practice

UCAS Code: W640

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


A level

D

in a related area

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

Minimum of 64 tariff points

UCAS Tariff

64

A minimum of 64 tariff points. Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered. We would expect applicants to be working at Level 2 or above in English and Maths. Mature students are welcome to apply. If you are a mature applicant you will need to demonstrate the ability to study at this academic level and have a genuine interest in the subject area. All applicants will be expected to bring a portfolio or examples of their work to interview.

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Photography

**Becoming a professional photographer is about so much more than just taking great pictures. This course will encourage your creative side and develop your professional skills. The course has been designed in consultation with industry partners and Nottingham Trent University, our chief validating university.**

**About the course**

As an aspiring professional photographer, by choosing this course you’ll gain a wider understanding of your medium and we’ll prepare you for the demands of a rapidly changing and exciting industry.

We’ll focus on helping you develop a creative approach to image-making, excellent technical skills and practices plus the skills and knowledge to pursue commercial practice after you graduate.

The course currently has its own commercial arm in the form of a student-run agency. As part of the team you’ll get the chance to work in real industry situations under the guidance of experienced professionals. Our staff have strong links with industry and a wide range of professional photographers take part in the established guest lecture programme.

The course has been designed in partnership with industry partners and Nottingham Trent University, our validating uni.

**Modules may include**

- studio photography

- location photography

- contextual studies

- business planning

Live assignments, visits to exhibitions and industry-sponsored workshops will contribute to a thorough exploration of photography. The course culminates in a final project that will allow you to concentrate on your preferred subject area and present your work in a public exhibition.

**Assessment**

There are no examinations. Assessment is continuous throughout the course. Work is organized into practical and written projects. These are then graded and students receive written and verbal feedback. The course culminates in a final exhibition.

**Bursaries**

We want our courses to be accessible to students from any background, so we’ve put together a cash support package in the form of non-repayable bursaries to provide financial help where it’s really needed. Details for 2020-21 will be advertised once approved by the university regulator – the Office for Students (OfS). Please check our website - www.nottinghamcollege.ac.uk - for more information.

**Your career and progression**

Students can progress on to our BA (Hons) Art and Design top-up degree or BA (Hons) Digital Media Design top-up degree. Alternatively, students can progress to the second or third year of the BA (Hons) Photography course at Nottingham Trent University; or another university of their choice. This qualification can also open up a wide range of careers within the photographic/media industries: such as advertising, commercial, sports, PR, events and weddings.

Modules

studio and location photography
business planning
contextual studies
Live assignments, visits to exhibitions and industry-sponsored workshops will contribute to a thorough exploration of photography.

The course culminates with a final project that will allow you to concentrate on your preferred specialist area and present your work in a public exhibition.

Assessment methods

Assessment is continuous throughout the course. Work is organised into practical and written projects. These are then graded and you will get written and verbal feedback. The course culminates in a final exhibition. There are no exams.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£8,250
per year
England
£8,250
per year
EU
£8,250
per year
International
£9,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,250
per year
Scotland
£8,250
per year
Wales
£8,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

Department:

Art, Design, Fashion and Photography

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