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Middlesex University

Photography

UCAS Code: W640

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:45

Access pass with 45 credits at Level 3 (45 merit or higher)

UCAS Tariff

112
61%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Photography

Overview
If you are curious about the world and about people, BA Photography will enable you to explore photography as a communicator of visual ideas and information, developing the skills and knowledge essential for a career in the creative industry.

Why study BA Photography at Middlesex University?
Our students are given the tools, opportunities and inspiration to explore the world we live in now, investigating the communication of ideas, opinion, comment, reportage, analysis and meaning through the medium of photography in a commercial context. We focus on editorial photography, photojournalism, portraiture and studio and fashion photography for magazines, newspapers, books, exhibitions and new media.

Many graduates have received industry recognition for their work. In recent years this has included several D&AD New Blood Gold Medal Winners, six finalists for the National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (including the 2015 John Kobal New Work Award), winners in all three '5 Under 30' competitions run by the Daniel Blau Gallery and a national advertising commission from one of the world's leading advertising agencies, John Walter Thompson.

At Middlesex we have some of the best facilities and staff in the country to help you realise your creative vision, and we will always encourage you to develop your own personal style, to think creatively and to enjoy yourself. You can see the range and depth of our students work on the student work tab.

Course highlights

You will have access to a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities including digital media facilities, studios, camera and lighting equipment, darkrooms and an extensive library
Our committed, supportive staff have a broad range of professional expertise in photography in areas including digital imaging technology, editorial portraiture and reportage, and fashion
Benefit from a high standard of expert technical support from our friendly and approachable specialist technicians
We have strong links with professional printers and darkrooms in London - you can take advantage of discounted rates and make valuable industry contacts through these links
At the end of your degree you will exhibit your work at the Degree Show in central London, a great opportunity to showcase your talents to the creative industry
As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module

Modules

Year 1:
Introduction to Photography (60 credits) - Compulsory
Understanding Communication Arts (30 credits) - Compulsory
Year 2:
Photography Practice (60 credits) - Compulsory
The Critical Image (30 credits) - Compulsory
Year 3:
Critical and Contextual Research Project (30 credits) - Compulsory
Photography: Professional Portfolio Development Major Projects (90 credits) - Compulsory

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Hendon Campus

Department:

Visual 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
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
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

92%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
A
305

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Secretarial and related occupations
11%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
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.

Creative arts and design

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

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

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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