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Creative content producers today use photography video and digital imaging fluidly. Our highly engaging course enables you to explore a diverse range of photographic skills both digital and traditional. You will explore the cultural meaning of photography and its different fields including fine art, documentary and commercial. By also acquiring skills to share content and build audiences both online and off-line you will develop your own distinct visual language that opens up a wide range of career pathways.
This course is structured so that you will explore different approaches and styles of photography and moving image to build your skills, your creative approaches and understanding of the practice as you develop your own aesthetic and intellectual position as an image maker.
You will have opportunities to experiment and challenge yourself, present your ideas to your peers and test your work in the real world.
View student work on our Sunderland Creatives website.
Make your own visual explorations, exploring the key differences between objective and subjective photography. Build your experience across different technical skills, including learning to work in the photographic studio and on location, drawing on a range of different cameras. Develop your skills in sequencing and editing as well as your own photographic works through the set brief as truth or fiction.
Break the rules in photography! Be introduced to a broad range of techniques and processes. Be able to explore how meaning can be constructed and controlled, even within more experimental approaches to practice. Through the encompassing of traditional and cutting-edge techniques of image making, you'll be able to develop your skills, challenge the common constraints of the photographic image and explore new ways of provoking photography.
Become fully conversant with the digital resources available across the Northern Centre of Photography and develop your skills as a learner and a practitioner. Begin to develop your own approach to making work informed by different resources, including photographic archives, libraries, regional galleries and museums and the work of other practitioners.
Explore how the moving image has converged with the still image through digital technology, and make your own moving image work. Develop skills in creating moving image production, informed by both contemporary and early moving image work – from video art to YouTube. Consider how a contemporary photographer might move seamlessly between the still and moving image.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our .
Learn how to become an engaging visual storyteller and how to initiate and complete your own individual, self-directed project. Employ a professional approach to your working practice through research, production skills, editing and effective time-management. Understand the wider issues raised by the context of your project and its proposed audience. Discover the work of different contemporary artists and photographers who use photography and/or creative moving image to tell a range of stories. Explore different possibilities through editing and sequencing and narrative devices. Present your final work in either book/zine form or a multi-media piece.
Gain real-world experience of researching and developing a photographic or moving image project to completion and for final site-sensitive public presentation. Explore appropriate physical and virtual public spaces and contexts for your work and develop your understanding of relevant ethical, material and audience considerations. Set and manage a creative project budget. Gain experience in producing, presenting and advertising your own work. Expand your understanding of context and audience and how the meaning of your work is constructed. Begin to find a place for your practice in society and start to build your professional profile.
Explore the challenges and opportunities of rapidly changing digital photographic cultures, and the diverse ways in which contemporary photography is disseminated and consumed by a variety of audiences both online and offline. Explore key contemporary debates including inclusivity, diversity and sustainability. Consider the broader social role of lens-based practitioners and identify professional role models to inform your own emerging practice.
Negotiate a relevant placement where you will position your practical and creative skills, build networks and begin to identify relevant professional pathways. Alternatively, work with fellow students from across our different Arts disciplines to create a group negotiated outcome.
Identify an individual area of interest and develop an in-depth, practice-led exploration in that area. Take the opportunity to experiment with, challenge and develop your working practice and establish a highly considered and reflective professional approach.
Develop an individual self-negotiated final project that is ready for public presentation in an appropriate context, media and format. Produce a fully resolved body of work with detailed consideration of where and how you will reach your intended audience. Celebrate your success at the University Degree Shows.
Explore in depth a specific aspect of the theory, history or contemporary practice of photography, video, and/or digital imaging or research and situate your own area of professional practice. Devise and develop your research topic with individualised guidance from our experienced module tutors. Benefit from seminars and workshops that cover advanced research skills, including information search and retrieval, as well as skills in academic writing and referencing, report writing and presentation. Investigate and prepare for your future career or equip yourself with key understanding of research processes necessary for further postgraduate work.
Advance your understanding of professional photographic practices, creative careers, professional networks and approaches to enterprise. Explore real world case studies and find role models that enable you to develop your own professional skills. Enhance your ability to communicate effectively and reach new audiences, clients and customers in appropriate digital formats.
Our typical offer is:
|High School Diploma along with one of the following at the required grade: SAT I and SAT II, ACT or Advanced Placement||GPA 3.0 or above and: Sat score of 1100/1600 from SATs AP (Grades 3+ in at least 2 subjects) ACT (score of 26+)|
If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, you can take one of the foundation pathways at our partners ONCAMPUS Sunderland. Find out more information and whether your course is eligible on our ONCAMPUS page.
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If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
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If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.
We're interested in your creative potential; please prepare a portfolio of work you have completed so far. We're not looking for perfection as we appreciate you may still be developing work. We'd like to see:
We'll ask you to come in for an interview to allow us to get to know each other. We're interested in your approach to your work, your awareness and your understanding of photography, video and digital imaging as well as what you’re passionate about, interests, influences, and experiences. We'll also ask you about your plans for the future and the research you have done to find a suitable course.
The annual fee for this course is:
Tuition fees for part-time students are £6,935 per 120 credits.
Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Student visa to study in the UK.
*European Union (EU), EEA (European Economic Area) and Swiss nationals who do not qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme are classed as international, however, for 22/23 admission you will receive a European student fee scholarship and will pay the home tuition fee rate for the duration of your studies. The discounted fee will be reflected in your offer letter. Learn more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Graduates from this course are creative individuals who work in a broad range of careers. This may be in directly related areas such as the music and fashion press, medical, sports and event photography, as well as people-facing professions such as teaching and marketing. Graduates have also taken up internships using their creative and management skills and established their own small businesses, operating throughout the country.
With opportunities to meet and learn from many visiting international photographic practitioners, you will be joining a centre of research and teaching excellence in the North of England. Part of a vibrant campus, we have links to major cultural and industry organisations and we host the North East Photography Network (NEPN), the region’s professional development agency for photography.
Through NEPN, you will meet visiting photographers from around the UK and farther afield, and have opportunities to work alongside them, developing your contacts and industry experience.
Sunderland Creatives shares the work and creativity of students, graduates and staff from the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries. The site launched with a celebration of the work of our BA art and design students from the class of 2020. Going forwards this site will host exhibitions of students work throughout their course and all graduating students will have their own online portfolios to complement their degree shows.
Sunderland Culture is a collaboration between the University, council and the city’s key cultures organisations. This partnership brings big-name creatives in contemporary visual arts, glass, ceramics and performance to the city; showcases exciting local talent; and gives our students unique experiences including exceptional career-enhancing opportunities.
You will have a range of opportunities to meet different practitioners working across the photographic sector. Additionally, the NEPN provides a programme of speakers and events that question and engage with photographic debates.
Recent speakers have included: Peter Fryer, Paul Wenham-Clarke, Ida Taavitsainen, Maria Kapajeva Eileen Perrier, Susan Derges, Crystel Lebas, Malcolm Dixon, Shahidul Alam and Kuba Ryniewicz.
Creative Industries Week gives everyone in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries the opportunity to participate in a range of projects, workshops, talks, industry visits and career events. This exciting week encourages interdisciplinary working, broadens your experience, to build your confidence and help develop your career path.
Recently, students have benefited from zine making and micro-publishing workshops, had the chance to find out about photography and astronomy and explored innovative approaches to sustainable creativity.
We’re proud to be working in partnership with Create Britain to support and promote our students to the creative industry. Throughout your time with us you'll develop a Create Britain profile with your most accomplished work, that you can build on throughout your career. Create Britain makes it really easy to find and promote everyone and everything in the creative industry.
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