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Sheffield Hallam University

Photography with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: A038

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15,P:0

An Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or L2 equivalent

UCAS Tariff

80

With at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a relevant subject such as Media, Film, English, Photography, History of Art, Theatre Studies, History). For example: •CDD at A Level. •MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma. •A combination of qualifications which must include an A level grade C or BTEC grade M.

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2021

Subject

Photography

•Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
•Acquire digital and traditional photographic analogue skills, digital capture and production and image management and manipulation, using industry standard equipment.
•Develop core practical skills through creative professional practice and a critical engagement with image making.
•Refine your ability to solve problems, manage complex projects, and communicate your ideas effectively.

Engage with a distinctive, independent approach to a wide range of photographic contexts with this professional and practice-based degree. You are encouraged to take risks in a highly creative environment, developing your understanding and knowledge of the medium to enable you to fulfil your potential in the constantly-evolving discipline of photography.

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Photography course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other media arts and communication foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

You learn through a creative, practice-based approach to self-directed production which emulates the independent nature of professional practice within photography. This is underpinned through an exploration of historical and contemporary approaches and relevant theoretical issues in order to help situate your work in a critical context.

You learn through
•specialist workshops
•technical surgeries
•large group lectures
•smaller group seminars
•group critiques and review sessions
•individual tutorials

In the foundation year, you'll study wide-ranging media arts and communication topics, while also focussing on your particular subject area and completing assignments in that field. You'll grow as a creative, and begin developing a professional portfolio. You'll also become familiar with Hallam's exceptional facilities and staff, so you're fully prepared for undergraduate study.

Modules

The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

Module: Creative Approaches To Media Production Credits: 40.00
Module: Media In Context Credits: 20.00
Module: Media Project Credits: 40.00
Module: Preparing For Independent Practice And Study Credits: 20.00
Module: Photography: Analogue Practices Credits: 40.00
Module: Photography: Digital Techniques And Skills Credits: 20.00
Module: Photography: History - Practices And Debates Credits: 20.00
Module: Photography: Introduction To Critical Analysis Credits: 20.00
Module: Photography: Visual Narratives Credits: 20.00
Module: Photography: Advanced Techniques And Skills Credits: 20.00
Module: Photography: Concepts And Questions Credits: 20.00
Module: Photography: Contemporary Photographic Practice Credits: 20.00
Module: Photography: Negotiated Practice Credits: 40.00
Module: Photography: Research And Reflection Credits: 20.00
Module: Photography: Critical Research Project Credits: 20.00
Module: Photography: Independent Practice Credits: 60.00
Module: Photography: Independent Practice Preparation Credits: 20.00
Module: Photography: Professional Practice Credits: 20.00

Assessment methods

Coursework, practical

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Science Technology and Art

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Photography

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Photography

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
46%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Photography

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
24%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
23%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Photography

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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