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You will receive excellent support from tutors who have well-established reputations, both as professional photographers and as academic researchers into the theory and history of photography. They will encourage you to explore creative ideas and develop your own approach.
In addition, our team of technicians will help you make the most of the University’s extensive facilities, which include darkrooms, photography studios, cameras and digital suites. We encourage you to keep your camera 'at the ready' and constantly look for subjects and images that tell a story.
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You will be taught by professional photographers who have exhibited and published their photography work nationally and internationally. You will learn new skills, developing your creativity through practical work, supported by lectures, seminars, workshops and independent working. You will have opportunities to present your ideas to your peers, reflecting on your practice. You will be able to exhibit your own work and test out ideas with different audiences culminating in your degree show in your final year.
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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.
Get an introduction to the way of working in the photography department and the study skills you will need for your practical and written work.
Explore realist approaches to photography, from social documentary to architectural photography and learn to make black and white photographs using film cameras and working in a chemical darkroom.
Examine studio lighting and the use of medium and large format cameras. Extend your technical, aesthetic and practical skills in relation to the constructed and/or non-constructed image debate and learn to make high quality black and white prints in our extensive darkrooms.
Take a look at the historical development of different genres within photography by looking at portraiture, landscape, still life, advertising, fashion, documentary, architecture, photo-montage and art.
Explore video art, from early practitioners in the 1970s to the impact of YouTube, and look at the impact of digital techniques on the photographic image. Gain experience of working with both moving and still digital image in technical workshops.
Think differently about the photographic print in a module divided into two sections. Consider the digital print and how to make a high-quality digital photographic print, and get an introduction to a range of alternative print processes.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Gain a practical and intellectual understanding of how colour photographic images are seen and used as a medium of personal expression.
Explore the issues of how the photograph communicates meaning to the viewing public.
Get an introduction to the main critical ideas and theoretical concepts which have informed photographic practice since the 1960s.
Explore narrative as a way of developing a photographic body of work. Use a social documentary approach, or engage with other genres within photography to evidence a clear decision-making process that shows an understanding of creating a narrative, and how that differs from simply sequencing images.
Initiate individual projects and programmes of independent study. Develop of your working practice and the establishment of a 'professional' attitude in terms of motivation, research, production skills and editing.
Explore an interdisciplinary approach to the theory, history and practice of the photographic image as a form of representational expression.
Look at professional photographic practice and commissioning.
Build on the experience already encountered at Stage 2. Initiate a project of independent study and visual practice, reviewed at regular group and individual tutorials.
Develop a self-negotiated project. Submit the work as your final degree level presentation.
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If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
If the above criteria is met you will be asked to attend an interview. For this interview please prepare a portfolio of work, which should be simply mounted and accompanied by preparatory work. Sketchbooks are an important feature of your preparatory work and should be included. Where possible, 3D and large 2D work should be photographed. Digital and screen-based work should be saved on a CD or memory stick.
If you are an international applicant, please supply your portfolio on a CD.
Suitable items for a portfolio include:
Drawing: examples of observed drawing and exploratory drawing
Projects: evidence of project work together with your sketchbooks and development work
Self-initiated work: that you have done out of personal interest
Research: examples of various forms of investigation undertaken for projects
Writing: examples of reports, essays or journals
The annual tuition fee is:
Tuition fees for part-time students are £5,000 per 120 credits. Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out 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.
Photography graduates can work in a range of areas with our graduates in the music press, forensic and medical photography, art practice, freelance photography and teaching at different levels. In addition, our students have taken up internships using their creative and management skills and established their own small businesses operating throughout the country.
You will have opportunities to apply for internships, placements and live projects where you will work alongside industry professionals. You can also participate in visits to exhibitions with other students.
All students studying on-campus undergraduate Photography, Video and Digital Editing courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.
Our Photography Department operates the North East Photography Network. We arrange for established photographers to come and give talks about their careers. All students have access to these events.
Past speakers have included: Simon Norfolk, Helen Sear, Rosy Martin, John Davies, Peter Fryer, Paul Seawright, Liz Wells, Jem Southam, Tomoko Yoneda, Melanie Friend, Julian Germain, Paul Wombell, Dinu Li, Paul Hermann, Nicola Dove and Julian Stallabrass.
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