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Photography (with integrated foundation year)

Entry requirements


A level

B-D,E

Access to HE Diploma

P:45

60 credits with 45 graded credits at Level 3

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

PPP

Scottish Higher

D,D,D,D

UCAS Tariff

40

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Photography

Got a passion for photography, but not sure if you're ready for a degree? Well, our foundation course will give you a strong grounding to experience life through the camera lens to advance your studies to degree level.

For your foundation year, you will be learning alongside other creative students from our Art & Design programmes including Fine Art, Graphic Design and Illustration. You will be given the opportunity to learn skills from all of those disciplines whilst being able to focus on photography as your chosen pathway. This grounding will really enrich your skills and creative ideas ready for you to take them into your study on the degree programme.

You'll learn all the essential photography basics - how to use a variety of cameras, both digital and film, how to make creative images, work in a studio and on location, and how to print your photos to a high standard.

In addition, you'll explore historical and contemporary photographers and the creative arts more broadly to encourage you to develop your own style and flourish as a photographer ready for year one of the degree course.

**Your Career with a Photography Degree**

A degree in Photography can open up a fantastic range of career options. Freelance or in a permanent position, studio-based or on the move, the skills you learn will help you no matter what route you decide to take. Our former students have gone on to become assistant photographers, picture editors and researchers, forensic and medical photographers, gallery curators and more.

For many of our students, their career path begins even before graduation through commissions and success during their studies. In his third year, Harry Renton won Photo North Festival's Student Award in 2019 and graduate Joe Hardcastle was a winner of the Photography Chromatic Awards in 2019. Our photography students have regularly received the Institute of the Arts' Highest Achieving Student of the Year award, and Liam Collins won the first Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year in his second year. The shortlist of ten for this inaugural year was exclusively made up of our photography students. With this level of drive and focus on our programme you can be sure of creating critically-acclaimed photographs during this course.

Your foundation year will help you prepare for working independently as an artist and photographer, and get you ready for year one of the degree course.

**Year 1** - Your introduction to photography will see you exploring a variety of lens-based and other creative media through contemporary and traditional ways of working. So, you'll be experimenting and exploring photography using a variety of techniques and processes.

**Year 2** - You'll develop your photography and technical skills working with our state-of-the-art digital equipment and darkroom. We'll put you in control, but guide you to enhance your ideas and explore the avenues of expression.

**Year 3** - You'll continue to hone your practical skills and creative vision using traditional and cutting-edge processes with an emphasis on getting your work out there through book publication and exhibition. Employability, experience and industry skills run through this stage of your degree.

**Year 4** - Your focus will be on organising and creating work for your own exhibition. As part of this we teach you professional and entrepreneurial skills to give you not only skills within the field of photography, but the knowledge and confidence to set out on your chosen career.

Modules

Foundation year - Compulsory modules:

Visual Literacy,
Applied Creative Practice,
Photography: Technical Processes,
Historical Cultures.
Year one - Compulsory modules:

Fundamentals in Photography,
Historical Context and Research Skills,
Communicating Ideas in Photography,
Critical Studies in Photography.
Year two - Compulsory modules:

Principles of Photography,
Advanced Visual Narratives,
Exploration of Photography,
Critical Theories in Photography.
Year three - Compulsory modules:

Photography Application,
Photography Dissertation,
Photography Practice,
Photography Exhibition and Professional Practice.

Tuition fees

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

England
£6,125
per year
EU
£8,760
per year
International
£8,760
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,125
per year
Scotland
£6,125
per year
Wales
£6,125
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Carlisle - Brampton Road

Department:

Institute of the Arts

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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.

58%
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.

Cinematics and photography

Teaching and learning

68%
Staff make the subject interesting
66%
Staff are good at explaining things
59%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
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

63%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
64%
Course specific equipment and facilities
34%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
61%
2:1 or above
3%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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B
C

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.

Cinematics and 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.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
22%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
17%
Other elementary services occupations
15%
Artistic, literary and media occupations

What about your long term prospects?

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

Creative arts and design

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

£15k

£15k

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

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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