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Arts University Bournemouth

Photography

UCAS Code: W640

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Scottish Higher

C,C,C,C,C,D

Scottish Highers – five passes at Grade C or above

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120

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62%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Photography

**We encourage experimentation and risk-taking on this visually-led course.**
BA (Hons) Photography at AUB allows you to engage with photography in a variety of contexts, responding to the expansive nature of contemporary photographic practice. You will mix theory and research with practical work to get a rounded view of photography and its place in culture. Some of the world’s leading photographers such as Nick Knight and Wolfgang Tillmans started their careers on this leading photographic course. Their influence on contemporary culture is one of the things you’ll study on this fascinating and creative course. We believe it’s vital you learn to express your individual creativity to achieve your personal ambitions. We encourage you to be open-minded about the possibilities of the expanding field of photography.

**What you will learn**
The course responds to contemporary photography in a creative and experimental way, embracing and integrating a range of technologies from early 19th century analogue to high end digital still and moving image. You are asked to freely explore your individual ideas and impulses within a structured, well-resourced and supportive environment that values a strong visual investigation supported by a contextual awareness of the medium and how it relates to and assimilates into other disciplines. The expansive nature of the course allows you to experience photography in a wide cultural context gaining a comprehensive knowledge of the mediums positions and audiences. This is especially important in helping you to choose a vocational pathway as you define your practice and prepare for employment.

The course values the mediums history and recognises the importance of its influence on contemporary practice. It does not impose a house style but encourages you to be spirited and believe in your own modus operandi. The current diversity of photography is both exciting and challenging and the courses commitment to tutorial led learning and teaching ensures that you are well supported and encouraged in your studies.

The course ultimately aims to produce well-educated and creative individuals with the knowledge and skills to engage in and navigate the creative industries in a confident and interesting way. As you develop through the course, you will choose from a broad range of vocational pathways and acquire the skills and documentation needed.

Across the three years approximately 63% of your time will be contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio, and the remainder will be independent study. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based.

**By the end of the course you will be able to...**
- Demonstrate that you have explored your creativity in an experimental and risk taking way and have developed and applied a range of specialist technical and professional skills.

- Demonstrate that you have developed your awareness of the medium of photography in relation to historical and contemporary photographic practice.

- Demonstrate that you have developed critical skills, advanced problem solving skills, awareness and judgement as well as being engaged in your practice with autonomy and professionalism.

- Demonstrate your awareness of ethical, sustainable, social and cultural issues appropriate to your practice.

- Demonstrate ambition and preparation for your professional career

**Studios and resources**
Studying BA (Hons) Photography at AUB means you’ll benefit from specialised equipment and state-of-the-art production facilities and studios. We support photography practices from analogue through to high-end digital production.

Assessment methods

Coursework and practical work

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Arts University Bournemouth

Department:

Faculty of Media and Performance

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
high
Photography

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Cinematics and photography

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Cinematics and photography

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

54%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Design occupations
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

A few years ago graduates from this subject were having a very hard time but things have improved a lot thanks to our active media, film and photographic industries - much the most common employers for this group. The most common jobs are in the arts — as photographers, audio-visual technicians, operators and designers, as directors, as artists and as graphic designers. Training in presenting sound and graphics is useful in other industries as well, so you can find graduates in journalism, in advertising, in business management, in events management and in web design and IT. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Photography

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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