Photography

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

Skilled and creatively gifted photographers are needed across a vast range of industries. Studying photography with us lets you explore a mixture of photographic practices through a range of contemporary and historical contexts.

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:

Three years full-time

Starts:

September 2018

Campus:

UCA Farnham

UCAS code:

W640

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.

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.

Course content - 2018 entry

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.

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

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International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

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:

As a leading creative arts university, we want to attract the best and most creative minds in the country – so we take a balanced approach to candidate assessment, taking both individual portfolios and exam results into account. 

That’s why your portfolio is an especially important part of your application to study with us – and we can help. Our academics can offer you expert advice on how to showcase your creative work and build a portfolio that will make your application stand out. More advice on how to create an exceptional portfolio is also available here.

Entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 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. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

Your portfolio

For this course, we’ll ask you to attend an Applicant Day and bring a portfolio of images and sketches that demonstrate your research. No written portfolio is required for this course, although we do encourage you to bring some academic writing or image analysis. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you’ve applied.

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