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BA (Hons) Photography

UCAS Code: W640 Institution Code: S51
Start Date: September 2017
September 2018
Duration: 3 years full-time
Course Contact: Keith Roberts Telephone: 01744 623321
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BA (Hons) Photography
Programme Specification
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University of Chester

The modern world is full of imagery and taking photographs has become part of everyday life. However, understanding how to interpret these images and creating them as an extended body of work are key for a successful career within the photography industry.

The BA (Hons) Photography degree at University Centre St Helens will develop your passion for photography and provide you with a good balance of theory and practice. It covers a whole host of specialist disciplines within the field of photographic image making, using both analogue and digital processes and a hybrid approach to using both.

The degree has been designed for you to develop your technical photographic knowledge and critical understanding, in order to secure work within the industry.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1

The first year focuses on enabling you to better articulate ideas and concepts. This is accomplished by ensuring the craft and art of photography are integrated within teaching and learning. Photography has been set within a historical and social context. A sound understanding of the visual language of photography also features. This helps ensure you can better articulate concepts and relay visual messages to your intended audience. You are intended to have a clear understanding of your dual role as a service provider and a creative artist. You will also be made aware of the career opportunities and work placement opportunities available to you. In essence, you will be provided with the skills and knowledge of how to take photographs.

Year 2

The second year provides a focus for more specialist work. You are encouraged, whenever appropriate, to work on live projects. At this stage you are expected to manage photographic activities. This involves briefing colleagues, monitoring the way activities are carried out and making any necessary changes in organisation. This approach to your work prepares you for a world where informed judgement and the confidence to resolve new challenges are seen as the norm. In essence, you are required to answer the question 'why' you are taking photographs.

Year 3

The third year further develops your ability to work independently but with supervision. The essence of this year is to put into practice everything learnt in the prior two years and develop an individual theme to your own work. This can then be taken into the final show at the end of the year. You will also be required to develop your portfolio at this stage of the degree.

The Learning Experience

Our high profile teaching team, purpose-built environment and excellent facilities including studios and colour and monochrome dark rooms will enable you to evolve your own unique style and personal visual language. Through excellent levels of tutor contact time and personal support you will receive guidance needed to confidently explore your ideas and creativity.

You will have the chance to exhibit your work locally at end of year exhibitions across Liverpool and the surrounding area. You also will have the opportunity to compete in competitions such as the D&AD awards and the Fujifilm Student Awards.

How will I study?

Learning will be theoretical and practical through lectures, workshops, seminars, group critiques, self-directed learning, peer group learning, written work, oral presentation, library and gallery study, presentations, group work, visits and guest lectures.

You will have access to a range of resources, including the Uni Hub, an area dedicated to the study of degree students. A work placement will enable you to build upon your experience and gain links within the industry.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is employed throughout the three years of the degree through both formative and summative assessments.

Who will be teaching me?

An experienced team with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of photographic practice will work with you. Lecturers are active researchers in their field and have experience of working in industry?

Ref: Keith Roberts