Contemporary Photographic Practices
Foundation Degree (FdA)
Photography is now the most important visual media – everyday billions of people share their lives using photography on social media, while all goods and services use photographs online and in print. And within this expanded field, quality photography has more impact than ever before.
This useful and innovative course nurtures the skills, creativity, knowledge and ideas necessary to prepare students for a broad range of photography careers - from art, to commercial sectors like fashion, editorial or advertising. A solid grounding in photographic history will enable students to develop confidence in their specialism. Students will be encouraged to think critically, take risks and explore their creative potential, with opportunities to experiment with analogue and digital photography, moving image, text or sound. Throughout, students will be supported to recognise transferable skills that may open doors to related fields – from marketing & brand development to jobs within the cultural sector.
Students will receive creative opportunities fronted by one of the leading photographic institutes in the country. Open Eye Gallery’s cutting-edge approach will engage them artistically and explore opportunities within community, education and public gallery sectors. Curators, critics and programmers at Open Eye Gallery will input throughout the course with a strong focus on personal and professional development.
Students will engage in learning on campus and in Open Eye Gallery, providing access to the experiences and career pathways of tutors and professionals with extensive experience in art-world and industry photographic practices.
- Fielden Campus
- Full Time
- 2 years
- September 2021
Academic Entry requirements
• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded
• 64 UCAS Tariff Points
• Students that have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered
Non-academic entry Requirements
Your suitability for Foundation Degree study may be assessed by interview.
What will I be studying?
Year 1: Landscape and Environment (30 credits)
Develop your practical abilities using a range of techniques and processes on location, drawing on research of historical and contemporary practitioners.
Year 1: Photographic Practices (30 credits)
Build your skills in equipment and processes to confidently explore developing concep
Year 1: Portrait, Identity and Narration (30 credits)
Explore how photography can be used to identify and represent both individuals and groups, and examine the way in which the photograph is used to implicate identity through the portraiture and representation of individuals or group
Year 1: Professional and Academic Development (30 credits)
Develop and re-enforce your critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills, as you prepare for future graduate level study and potential, professional careers.
Bright, S. (2011) Art Photography Now
Goldin, N., Heiferman, M. (2012) The Ballad of Sexual Dependency
Kobre, K. and Gangelhoff, B. (2008) Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach
Jaeger, A.-C. (2010) Image Makers, Image Takers : The Essential Guide to Photography by Those in the Know
How will I be assessed?
In addition, these primary teaching and learning methods may be supplemented with field trips, work placements, guest lectures, presentations and group activities as applicable to each subject area.
UCEN campuses have libraries equipped with computers and printers for students which can be used in addition to the classrooms and course specific workspaces such as technology suites, workshops, laboratories and artistic/photographic studios.
As well as the software available to students on campus computers such as the Adobe suite, students are also able to use Microsoft Office remotely from their own laptops and access course materials using the Virtual Learning Environment.
What are the careers that this will lead to?
Fees, Finance and Funding
Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.
You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.
Course Associated Costs
Equipment list: £150-£200
Printing: 1st yr £150 - 2nd yr £250
Optional Software: Creative Cloud £16 p/m (equipped on all campus Macs)
Optional trip: £300+