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BA (hons) Photographic Practice

This course is taught by Bridgend College at their Arts Academy Campus in the centre of Cardiff

Entry requirements

Minimum Tariff: A minimum of 2 A Levels at grade C or above (one of which must be an art based subject) or
A BTEC National Diploma or equivalent in a related subject with merit grade or above or
A BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies, Art & Design 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.

This degree course is taught at the Bridgend College Arts Academy in central Cardiff.

Below is a list of other related courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Visit the courses page for the full list.
BA Fine Art
MA (Art & Design) with pathways
Master of Fine Art (MFA)

The School is based on two campuses, Llandaff and Howard Gardens. In Autumn 2014 our new School building on the Llandaff campus will be completed, and all School of Art & Design programmes will be based in the new building from this date. For more information on the new building, visit this page.

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Undergraduate Open Days

Wednesday 11th June 2014

Visit the Open Day web page for more information.

Undergraduate Interview Days

There are no further Undergraduate Interview Days planned for 2014 entry, however, courses continue to conduct interviews throughout the year.

Visit the undergraduate Interview Day web page for more information.

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Tuition fees

Full details of current tuition fees at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level can be found on the Cardiff Metropolitan University tuition fees web pages.

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