Photography | Four years

BA (Hons) - UCA Farnham - 2018, 2019

Our four-year BA (Hons) Photography 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.

Studying photography with us lets you explore a mixture of photographic practices through a range of contemporary and historical contexts. Skilled and creatively gifted photographers are needed across a vast range of industries and there are many career paths and options to explore after graduation.

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.

With a distinguished history stretching back over 70 years, this course encourages students 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 will have access to a wide range of both digital and analogue facilities, including black and white/colour darkrooms and film processing, digital processing and editing suites, photographic studios, various digital and film cameras, lenses and lighting equipment and book production facilities.

Through a variety of workshops, tutorials, lectures and seminars, you’ll be given freedom to develop your own practice, incorporating historical and contemporary approaches to fine tune your creativity.

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 Photographers’ 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.

Length of study:

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

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Start month:

September

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Entry year(s):

2018, 2019

Entry requirements:

64 UCAS tariff points

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UCAS code:

W643

UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS campus code:

F

Course details

  • Year 0

    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. 

    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.

  • Year 1

    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. 

    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.

  • Year 2

    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. 

    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.

    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.

  • Year 3

    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. 

    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. 

  • Study abroad

    This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your Year 2. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

  • Fees

    Find out all about the fees for studying with us, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to:

Facilities

Photographic studios plus access to hire cameras, tripods and lighting equipment from the media stores. Colour and black and white darkrooms for traditional printing from small, medium and large-format negatives. Photography studios and digital area with medium and large format printers and digital scanners. On-campus media store with good supply of 16mm, super 16mm, digital HD video cameras and high-end sound recording equipment to hire.

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Course connections

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

  • Industry links

    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.

  • Careers

    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.

  • Further study

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

     

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Entry requirements

UK 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
  • 24 points from the International Baccalaureate, see more information about IB entry requirements.

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.

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

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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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