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BA (hons) Photographic Practice

Upcoming Open Days: BA Photographic Practice will be holding an Open Day at the Arts Academy in Cardiff on Wednesday 3rd June 2015 from 2pm. For further details contact

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a strong photography or art and design portfolio and demonstrate a commitment to photography, four GCSE passes including English at grade C or above plus:
Tariff: A minimum of 240 UCAS points from A/AS Levels, with at least one design subject, or
A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent in a design subject with MMM grade and above, or
A mature student with a substantial portfolio of photographic and/or artwork.
UCAS Code: W640
Admissions Tutor: Shaun McDermott, Programme Director

Photography is a relatively new medium. Despite its short existence it has become an extremely important vehicle for human communication. It is everywhere. Where there is light there is photography, where there is no light it can be introduced. From outer space to the atom, from the tallest mountain to the deepest ocean, all is revealed through photography. Photographers say; “look at this.” We see photographs and we are informed, we see photographs and we are persuaded, we see photographs and we are shocked, we see photographs and we are enlightened… Photography is a deceptively simple medium, just point and click, which belies its potential for subtlety and nuance, its potential to stop you in your tracks.

The course is led by a strong sense of individual vocational needs, yet it is not restrictive in approach. It emphasizes the potential employability of its graduates. Students are encouraged to use their technical skills in support of their creative ideas. Students will be motivated and challenged at each level of the course. With relatively small cohorts and excellent facilities, many of which are available for loan, the photography team aim to fully develop your talents. Three main themes are embedded throughout the course: photographic creativity, photographic understanding and photographic industry.

Assignments within modules are carefully written to be interesting and challenging, including ‘live’ industry-led projects

The course undertakes study visits and location photography trips locally, nationally and internationally. Recent international trips have been made to Krakow, Malta, Venice and Iceland. Photographic Practice students have also participated in exhibitions at prestigious venues throughout Wales and the UK.

The degree is continuously assessed by coursework submission. Modules cover subject areas such as Location Photography, Studio Photography and Digital Imaging early on, through to Advanced Independent Practice and Contexts for Practice. Assignments within modules are carefully written to be interesting and challenging, including ‘live’ industry-led projects.

Students will develop their photographic skills base. They will study the camera, the studio, digital photography and traditional darkroom techniques. Students are also introduced to critical theories, these will enable them to position their creative direction and enable them to form ideas suitable for this level.

Students will be offered opportunities to extend their practice and investigate possibilities within their chosen area. Students are also asked to consider commercial aspects of photography and are encouraged to think about and plan for their future. Critical theory becomes an integral element at this stage as research informs the development of practical activities. The course can also be studied part-time, which can take five/six years.

Our photography students have had many successes in recent years; winning national competitions, being selected for national exhibitions and having work published in magazines and books. Many are already working in a freelance capacity, taking on commissions for a wide variety of client types. Notable amongst these is one of our graduates who won the student category in Welsh Artist of the Year 2013.

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