About the BA (Hons) Photography Top Up programme
This programme is intended to provide students progressing from a relevant FdA programme with the opportunity of gaining a full BA (Hons) in Photography. This Level 6 ‘top-up’ is designed to provide you with the space to select, design and extend an independent photography-based project alongside a written dissertation, as well as exploring the professional contexts in which photography is produced and assembling an exhibition of your work – the latter a vital skill for photographers in many genres.
A core aspect within the study of photography entails an engagement with the variant relationships that exist between areas of photographic practice and their artistic, industrial and social / cultural contexts. You will be encouraged to explore these issues whilst practising independence in terms of the panning, managing and organisation of both a long-term photographic project and an academic research project. Through these areas of practice, you will be required to articulate an appreciation and comprehension of key issues within contemporary photography, encouraging students to extend their photographic practice whilst also demonstrating the ability to situate their methodologies within an awareness of those practiced by other photographers – both contemporary and historical.
The programme is intended to provide you with the skills you need in order to progress on to postgraduate study in photography or related subjects, or to allow you entry into graduate level employment.
You will be required to have successfully completed 240 credits from the first two years of study on a Foundation Degree or DipHE in photography or related discipline with a minimum average of 50% at level 5.
What you will learn
Level 6 (Honours Stage)
The Level 6 ‘top-up’ programme is intended to develop your appreciation and comprehension of photography. You will be given autonomy in terms of your ability to devise your own final major project and dissertation topic, with support from your project supervisors. You will also be encouraged to consider methods via which you may distribute your photographic work to relevant audiences, via a collaborative exhibition and considering also the importance of publication (and self-publication) within contemporary photography. You will collaborate in staging an exhibition of your work, which will be accompanied by publication, allowing you to build a portfolio as a practising photographer within your own specific area of specialism.
Semester 1 modules
Dissertation (40 credits)
Creative and Professional Development (20 credits)
In semester one, you will look at the professional contexts in which photography is enacted, considering how to extend your photographic practice upon completion of your degree, either through continuation of studies or practising photography within an employment-based context. You will also produce a dissertation investigating an area of photography or issue within the medium.
Semester 2 modules
Major Project (40 credits)
Exhibition (20 credits)
In semester two, you will devise and implement an independent photographic project. You will also collaborate in organising and staging an exhibition of your Major Project work.
Learning & Teaching Methods
This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted with some lessons happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support. We will make decisions on the delivery hours for each programme as government advice becomes clearer. We are currently reviewing this programme and some elements of the published programmes may need to change in order for students to achieve. We will advise you of these changes once they are completed.
At level 6 you will extend their critical analysis, evaluation and reflection to realise a professional portfolio and identity. Level 6 encourages you to take ownership of their project work further becoming increasingly independent utilising self-initiative by implementing self-led research and project work.
The Level 6 ‘top-up’ programme is intended to develop your appreciation and comprehension of photography. You will be given autonomy in terms of your ability to devise your own final major project and dissertation topic, with support from your project supervisors. You will also be encouraged to consider methods via which you may distribute your photographic work to relevant audiences, via a collaborative exhibition and considering also the importance of publication (and self-publication) within contemporary photography. You will collaborate in staging an exhibition of your work, which will be accompanied by publication, allowing you to build a portfolio as practising photographers within their own specific area of specialism.
You will be able to work within employment in commercial genres of photography, for example, advertising, editorial or fashion photography. You will also be able to produce work for exhibition and self-publication in genres such as social documentary photography and fine art photography.
You could also progress to postgraduate study in photography.