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Our Film Production and Photography courses are 5th in the UK (Guardian University Guide, 2024). BA (Hons) Photography, Video and Digital Imaging provides you with the wide-ranging skills needed for success in today’s photographic industries and beyond. You’ll learn how to make high quality digital and traditional images in our professional photography studios, digital production suites and photographic darkrooms. Learn how to tell compelling stories about the things that matter to you with guidance from our expert team of practising photographers. Develop your own distinct visual language and acquire the skills and contacts to get your work out into the world. Our students have gone on to work in a whole range of areas such as medical, music, sports and events photography, working as studio and gallery assistants, curating, running commercial photography businesses, teaching, community and social work and publishing.
This course is structured so that you'll 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'll have opportunities to experiment and challenge yourself, present your ideas to your peers, and test your work in the real world.
Gain a range of essential photographic and video skills and an understanding of the work of photographers, past and present.
Explore the studio, street, and darkroom as locations for photography. Learn the key aspects of staged and realist photography and how they overlap. Build your experience across different technical skills including how to use DSLR and 35mm film cameras. Develop skills in:
Explore a wide range of digital and analogue image editing techniques and production processes. Be introduced to key digital techniques and editing software, exploring how digital montage can be both seamless and non-seamless. Explore a range of alternative darkroom print processes which enable a completely different way of thinking of photographic technologies and photographic experience. Get hands-on experience of a range of different photographic technologies and be able to develop your own work using appropriate methods to express your emerging creative ideas. Develop skills in:
Become confident in using the resources in the Northern Centre of Photography and develop your skills as a learner and a practitioner. Begin to develop your own approach to making work and learn how to research and learn from the work of other practitioners through the integration of research and study skills with photographic practice.
Participate in technical workshops that will introduce you to relevant software and hardware (cameras) for producing moving-image work. Attend complementary screenings, lectures and seminar discussions, from early video practitioners to contemporary practice and the impact of YouTube. Produce your own creative moving image piece that demonstrates your skills in:
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Develop your practical and conceptual skills, while learning how to work effectively with others and getting your work out into the world.
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, and with enhanced skills in:
Learn how to initiate and resolve a body of work and present it in a public context. Gain experience in producing, presenting and advertising your own work. Begin to find a place for your work in society and build your professional profile. Develop enhanced skills in:
Explore some of the main debates and issues in contemporary lens-based practice. Discuss topics in lecture presentations, seminars, and workshops, supported by small group tutorials. Identify practitioners and modes of professional practice to inform your own creative approach, while gaining enhanced transferable skills in:
Prepare for real-world and ‘live’ collaborative creative projects. Build your work experience, establish, and enhance your creative and professional networks and broaden your understanding of graduate opportunities, creative enterprise, and career pathways. Gain skills to:
Acquire advanced skills for in-depth, practice-led exploration. Produce resolved bodies of work to deadline and be able to communicate your professional attributes to clients, audiences, and future employers. Develop the critical thinking, academic and research skills for future study.
Identify an individual area of interest and develop an in-depth, practice-led exploration. Learn how to research, present, and pitch your visual ideas to prospective clients and audiences.
Develop a self-negotiated practical project that is ready for public presentation in an appropriate context, media, and format. Work with a subject matter, theme, topic, or issue of your choosing, and fully reflect on the ethics and environmental footprint of your work. Select where and how the final work can reach its intended audience, for instance in a physical space, online, or through print publication. Demonstrate your advanced skills to:
Explore in depth a specific aspect of the theory, history or contemporary practice of photography, video, and digital imaging. Devise a research topic with help from module tutors and produce either an extended piece of academic writing or an equivalent extended visual research presentation, with advanced skills to:
Advance your understanding of professional photographic practices, creative careers, professional networks, and approaches to enterprise. Build a careers and professional practice research portfolio with case studies enabling you to understand and negotiate your own pathway and to identify opportunities within the contemporary cultural and professional environment. Gain advanced skills to:
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 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.
Portfolio and interview
We’re interested in your creative potential; please prepare a portfolio of work you have completed do far. This can be a physical portfolio (eg. a box of prints) or a digital version (eg. Power-point or PDF). We’re not looking for perfection as we appreciate you may still be developing work. We’d like to see:
We’ll also ask you to come to interview. This will allow us to get to know each other. We’re interested in your approach to your work, as well as your interests, influences and experience.
The annual, full-time 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 23/24 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'll 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'll meet visiting photographers from around the UK and farther afield, and have opportunities to work alongside them, developing your contacts and industry experience.
Our course will take you places! We’ll help you find the right opportunities for a fulfilling career or further study. We give our students the chance to develop real-world experiences and build a professional CV. This could mean working collaboratively as part of a creative team, undertaking an internship or placement in business, or working on a commission through our Sunderland Creatives Agency. You’ll also find out about routes into teaching, and other postgraduate study.
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.
We welcome many professional photographers and image makers from around the world to the Northern Centre of Photography. You’ll get to meet and hear from many of them. Recent speakers have included Kuba Ryniewicz, Eva Vermandel, Krishna Sheth Gilston, Shahidul Alam, Paul Wenham-Clarke, Bart Pajak, John Kippin and Nicola Neate.
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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