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Photography Foundation Degree (Sept '17)

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Course code: W641

Course category: Higher Education

End Qualification: Foundation Degree (FdA)

This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by City College Brighton and Hove

Days of the week: TBC

Course duration: 2 years

Course aims:
On this course you will explore the theory and practice of photography in a work-related context. The transition from film-based practice to digital imaging capture is emphasised, and it is possible to work exclusively in film or digital production during assignments. In addition, different studio lighting techniques are used in a range of lighting disciplines. You will gain experience of different ways of working in the sector and have the opportunity to develop your own work whilst learning new skills alongside practitioners in the industry.

Course content:
In year one, modules include Digital Imaging, Studio Lighting, Context and Methodology and work-related assignments. You also develop an understanding of the photography industry and examine different professional practices, working towards an end-of-year project.

Digital Imaging modules work with current software, alongside the opportunity to explore traditional film techniques using negatives to produce handmade prints in our darkroom.
You will be able to publish and exhibit your own work as well as developing project management skills to propose and work to a brief, with budgets and externally set deadlines. There are lots of opportunities to apply your newly acquired skills within practical workshops. Theory sessions consider the historical aspects of photography and wider visual culture as well as exploring philosophical and social perspectives of making photographs.

Practitioners and visiting speakers contribute to the course, giving advice and practical assistance in the development of your portfolio and supervising individual assignments.

Facilities for students:
Course base room with Mac facilities, large format printing and professional scanning equipment.

Access to numerous computer suites

City College Learning Resource Centre

Higher Education Student Social and Study space, with individual and group workstations, large display screens iPads and kitchen facilities

The course is staffed with practitioners and academics from a range of photographic practices.

Assessment: Students are assessed through practical demonstration of the design and management of photographic projects, technical development in lighting, web development and digital imagery, written essays, which demonstrate critical engagement in photographic practices. Opportunities to show in public galleries.

Entry Requirements:
Individual offers may vary

UCAS tariff:

minimum of 64 UCAS points from a minimum of one 12 unit qualification, and could include GCE's, BTEC Awards, Certificates, Diplomas and/or equivalent creative arts or performing arts qualifications. Level 2 qualification in English or communication.

For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 6.0 overall, 6.0 in writing.

Other: To be offered a place on the course students need to demonstrate four things:

On-going creative practice; engagement with Photography
Demonstrate photographic skills (in a range of styles)
Intellectual and academic skill and enthusiasm for research and writing.

Self-starter and a proven professional attitude towards work.

For further information on entry requirements please see this page.

Progression and links:
All higher education courses at City College Brighton and Hove focus on improving the employment prospects of graduates. Curriculum content is designed to cover the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for. Learning and teaching strategies reflect the workplace, and students are prepared for employment through various methods including work placements, assessment tasks that mirror industry and career and personal development planning. Many of our teaching staff have industry backgrounds and maintain freelance careers. External examiners have consistently commended the College on how it prepares students for work. In a 2011 inspection by the Quality Assurance Agency, the College was commended for its highly effective teaching and learning strategies to develop students’ employability.

The course is bespoke with a small group size created by professionals and academics maximising your potential giving opportunities to learn and apply in the professional skills in the photography sector. Departing students follow various progression routes. Some continue to BA top up courses, including the BA (Hons) Visual Arts practice one year top-up at City College. Some students have secured photographers assisting opportunities in London and the United States whilst others are pursuing freelance opportunities.

Work experience opportunities:
Students undertake work-related and prfessional practice activities, where they are able to be involved in the practical aspects of making photographs and photography’s contribution to culture and industry.

Students initiate entrepreneurial projects and activities which will involve working with external organisations, clients and professionals.

Tuition fees:
Most students will be eligible for a loan from Student Finance England to cover fee costs, so most students are not expected to pay tuition fees upfront. The fees for 2017/18 are £7750 for a Home/EU student and £9250 for an International student.

Although the information given is believed to be correct at the time of publication, it does not form any part of a contract between City College Brighton and Hove and the student. Courses may be subject to change.

Timetables are subject to change and you should check with your tutor prior to enrolment for the details of your timetable.