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Coventry University

Photography

UCAS Code: W640

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

to include one from Art, Media or Photography.

The Access to HE Diploma. Plus GCSE English at grade 4 or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

to include Visual Arts or Design Technology at Higher level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

in Media.

UCAS Tariff

120

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53%
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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Photography

Ranked 1st in the UK for Film Production and Photography in the Guardian University Guide 2019, our highly-esteemed Photography degree is designed to create ‘next generation’ photographers – independent, creative, critical, adaptable and professional.

We aim to equip you with a critical understanding of contemporary photographic practice in its wider cultural, historical and professional contexts. We will work with you to develop a high standard of technical and practical skills across a wide range of analogue and digital photography processes, and associated media equipment and platforms.

All of our staff are experienced practitioners, who work across the industries of photography. They draw upon their knowledge, expertise and experience of working with photography in a variety of professional contexts, as editorial photographers, curators, writers, researchers, picture editors, archivist, and educators for organisations such as the National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, IC Visual Lab, Barbican Art Gallery, British Museum, Offprint, Photoworks, Artangel, Photofusion, Channel 4, Time Inc. and Conde Nast. The excellence of their work is internationally recognised through awards such as Conde Nast Vogue Award, Elle Portrait Award, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and the Association of Photographers Awards.

Using industry-standard equipment and software, you’ll be taught in open photography classes where you can take advantage of contributions from our network of photographic experts from across the globe. In the past, this has included workshops, lectures, collaborative projects and online international learning projects, for example, with the Universidad de Europa de Madrid, Spain and Universitatea Nationala De Arte, Bucharest. On UK and international industry field trips, we’ll introduce you to publishers, agencies, studios, galleries and museums, such as Belfast Exposed Photography, Museo del Prado Madrid, Museum of Modern Art New York, Source, Rope Press, Self-Publish Be Happy, Museum of London, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Law Magazine, Aperture, Paris Photo, GRAIN and International Centre of Photography New York.

The focus of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities is on learning by doing, so you graduate with the skills to immediately start a successful career. Throughout your studies, we offer technical skill sessions and refreshers on anything from cyanotype darkroom printing to Adobe Photoshop.

**Key Course Benefits**
* Excellent links with industry, many of whom provide employment, placements or professional guidance, such as GRAIN, Photomonitor and Magnum Photos.

* Well-stocked Media Loan Shop so you can borrow an extensive range of specialist, professional equipment, including digital medium format camera equipment, large format cameras, Bowens lighting, Canon and Nikon full frame digital SLRs and a full range of film cameras.

* Opportunity to participate in self-funded study trips abroad to places like New York, Paris, Barcelona, Dublin, and Madrid to visit key industry events such as Paris Photo and centres for photography like the International Centre of Photography New York, and participate in workshops and receive talks by industry experts.

* Regular speaker programme features esteemed experts like John Blakemore, Susan Bright, Pete Brook, Lewis Bush, Elinor Carruci, Bruno Ceschel, Emma Critchley, Elizabeth Edwards, Paul Gaffney, Patricia Holland, Tom Hunter, Lucy Levene, Sian Macfarlane, Rebecca McClelland, Kate McMillan and David Moore.

* Strong track record of student success in national and international competitions, including the winner of the Master Photographers’ Association Retoucher Award in 2014 and a finalist in the Association of Photographers’ Student Awards in 2015. Other students have been selected for the prestigious showcase exhibition, New Art West Midlands 2016, or had work featured at the Pingyao Photography Festival in China in 2015.

Modules

Our main study themes include:

**Histories and Practices**: You will be introduced to key debates, themes and histories relating to the photographic medium through exploration of a broad range of concepts, issues and ideas that have shaped critical thinking about photography, historically and in the present day. Developing your analytical skills through written and oral presentations, you will enhance your critical appreciation of issues related to your individual practice-based work.

**Documents and Fictions**: The photograph as a document of the ‘real’ world, the apparent capabilities of images to show ‘evidence’ and the role of storytelling in photographic practices provide the areas of investigation. You will explore a number of traditions, approaches and genres, through workshops, assignments and formative feedback reviews that focus on technical, methodological and conceptual ways of working. Your study of this area culminates with the proposal and development of an extended, coherent and considered body of work that demonstrates critical appreciation of issues related to these key themes underpinning photography.

**Digital Photomedia**: We will investigate the impact that emergent digital platforms – and associated protocols, standards, languages and software – have had on photography and traditional media, and the rise of new cultural forms. You will explore various concepts, including issues of perception, the performance of embodiment, agency, citizenship, collective action, individual identity, time and spatiality.
**Picturing the Body**: When creating depictions of the human form – whether this is the body of one’s self or other people – questions of power, difference, identity and context become particularly heightened. We will explore the photographic encounter between a photographer and their subject, and the various aesthetic, technical, methodological and ethical issues this can involve within a range of genres, contexts and themes, such as gender, science, identity, fashion, performance and anthropology.
**Concepts and approaches**: We will explore contemporary debates around the interpretation of photographs and the construction of photographic meaning. The genres, contexts and practices in which photographs are produced and consumed are considered through a range of critical frameworks and themes, such as: space and place; death and photography; photography and cinema; psychoanalysis; photography and gender; and photography and nationhood.

**Community, Culture and Identity**: We examine the role of photography in perpetuating, interpreting or questioning notions of community, culture and identity in order to produce ‘knowledge’ or manufacture ‘visual pleasure’. We will look at a wide variety of practices and contexts, ranging from official identification portraiture, the archive, fashion, advertising, the family album and online networks through to work that seeks to show situations or communicate ideas about the social, political and economic circumstances that shape human experience.

**Photography and Narrative**: Focusing on technical, methodological and conceptual ways of working, we will explore a number of traditions, approaches and genres in which photography is used to document the ‘real’ world, show ‘evidence’ and tell stories.

For details about individual modules please visit the course page on our website.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Media and Performing Arts

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.

87%
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

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
97%
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

95%
Library resources
99%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

£19,000
high
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

37%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
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

£22k

£22k

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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