Photography BA (Hons)
If capturing a moment on camera is your passion, but you want to experiment more and try out different approaches, our BA (Hons) Photography course at UCA Farnham will help you push your photographic boundaries and produce fantastic work.
This course has a distinguished history stretching back more than 70 years and will give you the ability to fully understand how the images you produce have an impact on our experience of the world. All while learning within a community of internationally renowned artists and photographers who are keen to share their expertise.
You’ll have access to a wide range of digital and analogue facilities, and will be given the freedom to develop your own practice and fine-tune your creativity through a variety of workshops, tutorials, lectures and seminars covering historical and contemporary approaches.
|Length of study||3 years full-time|
|Entry requirements||112 UCAS tariff points|
|Course entry options||Sept 2021, Sept 2022|
|UCAS institution code||C93|
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.
We'll introduce you to a range of approaches to photography, utilising digital and darkroom techniques to control studio and location production. These strategies will be underpinned by theoretical and historical frameworks to explore how to create meaning in your work.
The unit will explore picture-making and the notion of constructed photographs. It will provide the skills you need to engage with and work with these methods.
Photography in Context
This unit explores photography’s potential to create meaning within relevant theoretical and contextual frameworks.
In this unit you will research, explore and experiment with a variety of practices, conceptual approaches and presentation methods to consider the photographic representation of the external world.
This unit invites you to experiment with different ways of using photography to ‘tell stories’. There is an emphasis within this unit of engaging with different kinds of photographic practices to ‘reveal’, ‘explain’, or ‘tell’ a story. This unit will explore a range of photographic practices with which to ‘story tell’ and in doing so you will be able to experiment with narrative strategies.
This year is 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.
You’ll explore critical ideas that challenge the conventions of photographic practice. During this period, you’ll produce an exhibition and, through building links with industry, you’ll begin to locate an external context for your work.
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. Photograph’s meaning is determined by the nature of the image, audience and context. How you position your practice defines its identity.
Considering the larger cultural and philosophical implications of photographs and their meaning, you’ll learn not only the core themes but also the boundaries of your discipline. You'll examine key aspects of a range photographic practices and theory, in relation to their historical origins.
Vision and Knowledge
This unit asks you to think critically about the production of knowledge through photography. To question established tropes of image-making by exploring for example, more lived and embodied forms of knowledge. By challenging representations and ideologies through research and practice you are invited to imagine new futures for and of photographic 'knowledge'.
You will explore a range of processes, treatments and applications to push the boundaries of photography, and test the relationships between subject matter, treatment and audience.
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.
The final year enables you to use your skills and knowledge to develop a major project through a practically-based critical inquiry. You’ll develop a specialist area of expertise that you’ll position in a professional context to develop your future career.
This is an 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.
The Resolution unit represents the culmination of your studies and should involve the independent and sustained research, development, production and presentation of a your final major project. This project can define your degree experience and your lifelong photographic practice; it is very much a launch pad for your future calling.
This unit consists of a substantial period of sustained, individually negotiated research on a subject that is likely to be related to the contextual and/ or theoretical concerns of your discipline or chosen area of practice, towards the provision of structured written argument.
This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:
- UK students - £9,250
- EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
- International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
- International students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)
The course fees for 2022 entry will be available here shortly.
Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry. The details for 2022 entry will be available here in due course.
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:
These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.
Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.
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.
Photography studios, UCA Farnham
Photography digital suite, UCA Farnham
Darkrooms, UCA Farnham
Photography studios, UCA Farnham
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:
- Impressions Gallery
- National Media Museum
- Berg, Blackwell, Focalpress, Routledge and other publishers
- 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:
- Fine Art
- Curatorial posts
- Gallery/ project management
- Technical support.
Alumni of this course include Paul Seawright, Gareth McConnell, Eileen Perrier, Andrew Bruce, Jane Bown, Stephen Bull and Anna Fox.
"Having the opportunity to be so ambitious and free with photography has to be the best and most enjoyable aspect of the course, because it provides you with the opportunity to truly create a body of work which you are genuinely interested in and motivated to develop."
The standard entry requirements* for this course are:
One of the following:
- 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
- Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
- Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
- Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
- 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
- 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, 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. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades - in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.
To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.
For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.
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