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Photography is an exciting, historically important and culturally significant medium. Our FdA in Photography is designed to appeal to anyone with an enthusiasm for photography. The course aims to balance study of commercial photography with an exploration of the broader importance of photography in documenting the world around us – and its significance as a form of personal expression – in non-commercial genres such as documentary, fine art or street photography.
Applicants will require 80 UCAS points. However, in line with the widening participation brief and lifelong learning strategy, the Institute will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, given a short-term photography-related exercise to complete and asked to submit a short essay; these tasks are intended to assess the applicant’s abilities both technically and academically. The submitted work will be judged, taking into account the applicant’s academic potential and relevant experience.
Upon completion of the degree, you may progress on to a Level 6 ‘top-up’ programme giving you a degree in photography. From here, you may continue on to studying photography at postgraduate level, or progress on to a teaching qualification such as a PGCE.
Alternatively, you may leave the programme and seek work as a commercial photographer, working in the employ of a company or as a freelancer. You may also wish to set up your own business, working directly with clients as a portrait, wedding or events photographer, or you may seek work as a photojournalist.
You may continue to practise your photography as a fine art or documentary photographer, distributing your work via galleries or publications.
The Institute therefore has both a committed and experienced course team and the resources needed to deliver the course successfully. The new FdA in Photography provides students with experience of working in a variety of genres of photography, both commercial and non-commercial, whilst building confidence with equipment and key concepts. The programme is designed to appeal equally to students interested in pursuing a career in commercial photography and those who are interested in photography as a means of cultural and personal expression, or who would like to practice documentary or fine art photography. Upon completion of the independent project in the second year of the course, you will have self-published your work and will therefore have something with which to market your skills as a photographer when you graduate from the programme.
Delivery will be predominantly via seminars and workshops intended to provide you with a space in which the practice your photography skills and comprehension of issues, with some lectures designed to introduce new concepts. Some modules will require you to complete learning tasks in your own time, outside of scheduled classes. In the second year of study, you will be expected to display an increasing sense of ownership over your own work, culminating in a project which is entirely of your own devising and utterly self-directed.
Assessment on the programme will be via the production of both individual photographs and sequences of images, including photo essays. Some modules will expect you to work towards a simulated ‘live brief’. Other modules will give you the freedom to select your own topic or issue and produce work which you will then be required to self-publish and submit in the form of a book. Alongside these methods of assessment, you will be asked to complete traditional academic assessments in the form of essays, both short- and long-form.