Photography - BA Hons (Lancaster University)

Overview

The BA (Hons) Photography aims to develop practical photography skills while embracing the wider skills associated with a lifelong career in the Creative Arts industry. The first year will see you explore the fundamental principles of photography while in the second year you will develop your skills through a wide variety of live, professional briefs. The third, final year represents the culmination of your creativity and skill as you set about producing a highly individual body of work, directed by the areas of work you intend to enter upon graduation.

Courses Available

Course Code: VL1HE13

UCAS Code: W640

Start Date: 12/09/2016

End Date: 07/06/2019

Duration: 3 Years

Location of Study: University Centre

Tuition Fees: £7500

Course Code: VL1HE13

UCAS Code: W640

Start Date: 12/09/2017

End Date: 06/06/2020

Duration: 3 Years

Location of Study: University Centre

Tuition Fees: £7500

About Course

Year 1 - Level 4 - 120 credits

CS401 Thinking and Making - 20 credits
PHO402 Photography: Critical and Contextual Perspectives - 20 credits
PHO403 Studio: Introduction to Professional Photographic Practice - 20 credits
PHO404 Location: Visual Language and Concepts - 20 credits
PHO405 Applied Creative Photographic Practice - 20 credits
PHO406 Inter Disciplinary Skills - 20 credits

The first year will see you concentrate on developing a visual language and conceptual thinking, whilst exploring the fundamental principles of the craft of photography. You will be able to negotiate your own personal direction, and we strongly encourage you to explore, experiment and take risks.

Year 2 - Level 5 - 120 credits

CS501 Research into Practice - 20 credits
PHO502 Photography: Critical and Contemporary Perspectives - 20 credits
PHO503 Risk and Creativity - 20 credits
PHO504 Critical Exploration - 20 credits
PHO505 Photography and Narrative: Applied Photographic Practice - 20 credits
PHO506 Professional Practice: Employer Engagement - 20 credits

During the second year you will develop your skills further and apply your chosen direction to a wider range of subjects. The broad nature of this year will provide you with many potential routes for investigation, including working on live, professional briefs. A work experience placement is also undertaken.

Year 3 - Level 6 - 120 credits

CS601 Independent Research Project - 20 credits
PHO602 Test Bed: Project Planning for Negotiated Pathway - 40 credits
PHO603 Professional Pathway - Synthesis - 40 credits
PHO604 Launch Pad: Professional Practice - 20 credits

The third, final year represents the culmination of your creativity and skill and you will produce a highly individual body of work that draws on the risks and challenges you explored in the first two years. The work is directed by your own ideas and the areas of work you will be looking to enter when you graduate.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 200 UCAS points (excluding functional skills) or above in an appropriate discipline.

GCSE English Language at grade C or above or equivalent.

We also welcome applications from those with relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements.

All applicants will be given the opportunity to attend one of our workshops. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend, we will view your work online. For further details, please see: www.blackpool.ac.uk/sca/auditions

2017 Entry Requirements

A new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, the new entry requirements are as follows;

A minimum of 80 UCAS points (previously 200) in an appropriate discipline excluding functional skills and GCSE English Language at grade C or above (or equivalent). 

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.

All applicants will be given the opportunity to attend a workshop. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend, we will view your work online. For further details, please see www.blackpool.ac.uk/sca/auditions

Equipment Needed

You will be required to hire photography equipment.

About Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are directly payable at the start of each year of your studies (either through an approved student loan, sponsorship or directly by yourself) unless a direct debit has been agreed. In most cases student loans and grants are available via the Student Loans Company but should be applied for up to 6 months before the start of your course.

Other Costs

£20 per year on file purchase and £60 per year to hire photographic equipment.You should also be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.

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Skills Developed

Evaluative and analytical skills developed across each level leading to a synthesis of these skills at Level 6. The programme aims to develop practical photography skills while embracing the wider skills associated with a life long career in the Creative Arts industry.

Career Options and Progression

Our graduates have a good track record in securing employment in the creative industries. Graduates have found employment as freelance photographers, studio assistants, stylists, curators, and some go on to study at post-graduate level.

Qualification Obtained

BA (Hons) in Photography

Course Options

All modules are compulsory.

How is the Course Delivered

Teaching and learning methods will include lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, group tutorials and group critiques. There are also taught sessions covering studio & lighting skills and digital imaging. Students can expect a very high level of academic and pastoral support, with each year group having their own year tutor.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities, by year for this course:

Year 1: 36% time in lectures and seminars, 64% time in independent study

Year 2: 32% time in lectures and seminars, 68% time in independent study

Year 3: 21% time in lectures and seminars, 79% time in independent study

Method of Assessment

All studio modules are assessed on the strength of the practical work undertaken, which may be in the form of an exhibition, book, installation or portfolio. A mixture of critiques, presentations and research journals are also used to assess studio modules. Critical studies modules are assessed via written essays, presentations and seminar attendance.

Breakdown of assessment methods, by year for this course:

Year 1: 85% coursework, 14% practical exams
Year 2: 83% coursework, 17% practical exams
Year 3: 93% coursework, 7% exams

Year 1

CS401 Thinking and Making - 67% coursework, 33% Practical
PHO402 Photography: Critical and Contextual Perspectives - 70% Coursework, 30% Practical
PHO403 Studio: Introduction to Professional Photographic Practice - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO404 Location: Visual Language and Concepts - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO405 Applied Creative Photographic Practice - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO406 Inter Disciplinary Skills - 100% Coursework

Year 2 - Level 5 - 120 credits

CS501 Research into Practice - 67% Coursework, 33% Practical
PHO502 Photography: Critical and Contemporary Perspectives - 80% Coursework, 20% Practical
PHO503 Risk and Creativity - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO504 Critical Exploration - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO505 Photography and Narrative: Applied Photographic Practice - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO506 Professional Practice: Employer Engagement - 80% Coursework, 20% Practical

Year 3 - Level 6 - 120 credits

CS601 Independent Research Project - 100% Coursework
PHO602 Test Bed: Project Planning for Negotiated Pathway - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO603 Professional Pathway - Synthesis - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO604 Launch Pad: Professional Practice - 100% Coursework

All studio modules are assessed on the strength of the practical work undertaken, which may be in the form of an exhibition, book, installation or portfolio. A mixture of critiques, presentations and research journals are also used to assess studio modules. Critical studies modules are assessed via written essays, presentations and seminar attendance.

Breakdown of assessment methods, by year for this course:

Year 1: 85% coursework, 14% practical exams
Year 2: 83% coursework, 17% practical exams
Year 3: 93% coursework, 7% exams

Year 1

CS401 Thinking and Making - 67% coursework, 33% Practical
PHO402 Photography: Critical and Contextual Perspectives - 70% Coursework, 30% Practical
PHO403 Studio: Introduction to Professional Photographic Practice - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO404 Location: Visual Language and Concepts - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO405 Applied Creative Photographic Practice - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO406 Inter Disciplinary Skills - 100% Coursework

Year 2 - Level 5 - 120 credits

CS501 Research into Practice - 67% Coursework, 33% Practical
PHO502 Photography: Critical and Contemporary Perspectives - 80% Coursework, 20% Practical
PHO503 Risk and Creativity - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO504 Critical Exploration - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO505 Photography and Narrative: Applied Photographic Practice - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO506 Professional Practice: Employer Engagement - 80% Coursework, 20% Practical

Year 3 - Level 6 - 120 credits

CS601 Independent Research Project - 100% Coursework
PHO602 Test Bed: Project Planning for Negotiated Pathway - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO603 Professional Pathway - Synthesis - 90% Coursework, 10% Practical
PHO604 Launch Pad: Professional Practice - 100% Coursework

Work Placement

There is no work placement required as part of the course, but students are required to demonstrate that they have engaged with employer  activities at Level 5 (this can be a combination of placement, case-study, live brief, developing entrepreneurship opportunities or commissions) as part of the Professional Practice: Employer Engagement module in Year 2. You will also be encouraged to engage with industry at all levels through client lead briefs and work experience opportunities.

Special Features

Trips to Paris and Berlin, exhibiting photographic work in New York, graduate exhibitions in Manchester and London and consulting visiting professionals are all possibilities on this course.

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