Photography | Four years

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

This four-year degree course includes a preparatory year (Year 0), which will give you a focused introduction to photography and film, and help you to develop skills in moving and still image, and in audio production and editing. The initial year will also offer seminars, tutorials, specialist technical workshops and group critiques to support you in adapting to student-centred learning at degree level.

Guided by some of the world’s finest photography academics, our BA (Hons) Photography course in Farnham offers you the opportunity to study within a uniquely creative environment where you can develop a deep understanding of photographic practice, theory and history.

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Length of study:

Four years (Year 0 + three-year degree) full-time

Starts:

September 2018

Campus:

UCA Farnham

UCAS code:

W643

UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS campus code:

F

Course overview:

With a distinguished history stretching back over 60 years, our BA (Hons) Photography course at Farnham encourages you to develop experimental and innovative approaches towards the photographic medium. Studying photography with us lets you explore a mixture of photographic practices through a range of contemporary and historical contexts.

As a member of this photographic community of internationally renowned practicing artists and photographers, you’ll have access to a wide range of both digital and analogue facilities including black & white and colour darkrooms, film processing, digital processing & editing suite, photographic studios and various digital and film cameras, lenses and lighting equipment.

Studying amongst our unique artistic community also gives you the chance to collaborate and share ideas with fellow students from across the creative industries, including filmmakers, journalists, fine artists and advertisers.

Our renowned teaching team bring with them high-profile industry connections, both nationally and internationally.

As part of the course, we regularly arrange visits to, and lectures from, a wide range of institutions such as the National Media Museum, Brighton Photo Fringe, The Photographer’s Gallery London, Photoworks Magazine, as well as Berg, Blackwell, Focalpress, Routledge and other publishers.

Many of our graduates have secured professional roles in a variety of fields including editorial, advertising, fine art, documentary-making, and gallery/project management.

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Course content - 2018 entry

Year 0 is a preparatory year which provides you with a focused introduction to your chosen area of study and upon successful completion, it'll secure your place on the three year degree without further application or interview.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • The Poetics of Space

    We'll introduce you to practices and procedures for exploring the relationship of sound to image in time-based productions. Thematic content will be the exploration of ideas about place and space.

  • Personal Research Project

    This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore your own personal creativity by looking at development work by a range of artists, photographers, and filmmakers. The emphasis will be on your personal exploration of ideas and sources of inspiration, resulting in a one-minute moving image project, or a series of still images (which could include text).

  • Practices of Looking

    You'll receive a thorough grounding in the conventions of academic writing and discourse in film and media studies.

  • Storytelling and Staging

    Through an exploration of different forms of storytelling, you'll be encouraged to analyse texts and to create your own stories. You'll also be introduced to ideas of narrative and paintings, and work on the staging of a story.

You'll be introduced to the theoretical study and creative practice of photography, as well as the basic tools needed in the production and manipulation of photographic imagery and text. You'll learn the fundamental technical skills required to progress and develop your practice.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Constructed Image

    The unit will explore picture-making and the notion of constructed image within an historical context; it will provide the skills you need to engage with and work with these methods. Workshops will cover studio production, darkroom and digital modes of picture making and image manipulation.

  • Photography in Context

    This unit will explore photography's ability to create meaning within relevant theoretical and contextual frameworks.

  • Documentary Practices

    In this unit you will research and experiment with a variety of documentary practices to explore social, political and environmental ideas.

  • Narrative

    This unit invites you to experiment with different ways of using photography to ‘tell stories’. Photographs are regularly praised for their ability to ‘reveal’, ‘explain’, or ‘tell’ a story. This unit will explore a range of narrative strategies, while questioning photography’s ability to ‘speak’ and whether or not a photograph’s meaning can ever be fixed.

This year's about solving the problems of how to represent ideas in photography by thinking strategically. Building on the critical introduction to photography practices and assumptions carried out in Year 1, we'll consider ways of appropriating, modifying, negotiating, challenging or replacing existing conventions of representation.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Photographic Communities

    This unit explores notions of practice-based community and photographic networks. It will help you to develop professional skills to navigate your career through a variety of complex social, political, economic and environmental systems. Just as the photograph’s meaning is determined by its audience how you position your practice defines its identity.

  • Critical Approaches

    You'll examine key aspects of a range photographic practices and theory, in relation to their historical origins.

  • Vision and Knowledge

    You'll explore issues raised in various 'objective' photographic practices. Documentary, survey, scientific, medical, forensic and military traditions have at their core the idea that 'seeing is believing', implying that vision and visual representation are equivalent to 'knowledge'.

  • Experimental Practices

    Experimental Practices explores a range of processes, treatments and applications that push the boundaries of the medium. The unit will encourage you to consider medium specific qualities and how these assumptions define an image’s reception.

  • Photographic Communities & Critical Approaches (Study Abroad option)

    The essay component of this unit builds on ideas and concepts to consider larger cultural and philosophical implications of photographs and their meanings. The public display component of this unit introduces and reinforces your professional skills through the research and development of a public display of photographic work.

  • Study Abroad (optional)

    This optional unit is designed to broaden your educational experience and deepen your understanding of cultural diversity. It will enable you to study within a different cultural context and gain fresh perspectives.

You'll have the opportunity to draw on the experience, knowledge and skills acquired so far. A core theme of this year is the major project, where you choose the areas of your practical studies that you'd like to concentrate on. You'll be provided with a range of professional and career planning topics which help you to develop your future career.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Independent Practice

    This unit will provide you the opportunity to establish foundations for your final major project. You'll research and develop your ideas through further experimentation to produce a body of work that distinguishes your photographic practice.

  • Resolution

    The culmination of your studies will involve the independent and sustained research, development, production and presentation of a substantial photographic project, drawing on everything you've learnt over the three years.

  • Dissertation

    This covers a substantial period of sustained, individually negotiated research on a subject related to the contextual and/or theoretical concerns of your discipline or chosen area of practice, towards the provision of structured written argument.

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International study

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

As a long-established photography course, our renowned teaching team bring with them high-profile industry connections, both nationally and internationally. We regularly arrange visits to, and lecturers from, a wide range of companies and institutions, such as:

  • Autograph
  • Impressions Gallery
  • National Media Museum
  • Berg, Blackwell, Focalpress, Routledge and other publishers
  • bookRoom
  • Brighton Photo Biennial and Brighton Photo Fringe
  • National Institute of Design, India
  • The Photographers’ Gallery, London
  • Photography & Culture journal
  • Photoworks magazine
  • Source: The Photographic Review.

 

As well as a course team including a number of practising professionals, we're connected with the Association of Photographers, a national body that works to give student members a head start as photographic practitioners.

Skilled and creatively gifted photographers are needed across an enormous range of industries, and many of our graduates have secured professional roles in a variety of fields, including:

  • Fashion
  • Editorial
  • Advertising
  • Fine Art
  • Documentary-making
  • Curatorial posts
  • Gallery/ project management
  • Writing
  • Teaching
  • Lecturing
  • Technical support.

Alumni of this course include Paul Seawright, Gareth McConnell, Eileen Perrier, Andrew Bruce, Jane Bown, Stephen Bull and Anna Fox.

You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.

How to apply - 2018 entry

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Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 64 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 160 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications  
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UALAB Extended Diploma
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2)

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance, and who were expected to achieve higher results.

Your portfolio

No formal portfolio is required for this course. But, if you want to bring work for discussion at your interview, you're welcome to do so. We'll require you to attend an Applicant Day which will include an interview. This will also give you the opportunity to visit us, meet the course team and see the facilities.

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