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Nottingham Trent University

Photography

UCAS Code: W640

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or GCSE Science grade C/4 or equivalent

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification.

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels or equivalent qualifications

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

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UCAS Tariff

112
64%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Photography

Explore all aspects of what it means to be a professional photographer. The practice-based course provides an intellectually stimulating experience of learning, where you are exposed to a wide range of practical skills, critical methodologies and professional strategies as you prepare to become a practicing photographer. Learn practical skills including, digital workflow, colour and black and white printing, studio lighting, large and medium format, planning and installing exhibitions, professional photographic portfolio development and moving image.

Work with industry-standard facilities, learning skills in traditional photographic methods, digital media and emerging technologies. Develop the creativity and autonomy to establish your own particular photographic practice, investigating areas such as art, documentary, editorial, commercial, advertising, fashion photography and critical writing.

Enhance your professional skills through work placements, industry competitions and collaborations. Go on optional study visits to cities like Tokyo, New York, Paris, Berlin and London. Benefit from our guest lecturer series, with speakers from a range of photographic practices. Take part in the development and organisation of our photography festival in your final year, exhibiting your work at venues across Nottingham.

**Assessment**

Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade.

**Employability**

Photography at NTU has an excellent employment rate, with 96% of students in employment or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17).

Graduate destinations include; casting director, commissioned by Vogue; EC Language Centres, photographer and filmmaker; assignment editor, Getty Images; photographer, Press Association; Vogue magazine, picture researcher; fashion photographer; re-toucher, Ted Baker; creative artworker, Agency 4; and picture editor, Press Association.

Modules

[Year One]
In Year One there are two modules which run side by side.

Exploration and Practice (80 credit points)
Work on set and negotiated projects, examining narrative and sequencing, staged and constructed photographs, objectivity, the portrait, and the manipulated image. You’ll also learn about digital photography including scanning, printing, processing raw files, and Photoshop. It will also provide you with a broad introduction to core employability skills.

History and Critical Practice (40 credit points)
Learn about key facts, concepts and themes in the history and critical theory of photography. Cover the invention of photography, the development of ideas about social, commercial, and artistic practices of photography, and the impact of changing technologies.

[Year Two]
In Year Two there are two modules which run side by side.

Visual and Professional Practice (80 credit points)
In terms one and two, you’ll research, experiment, and produce a body of work that you’ll exhibit as part of a public group exhibition. In terms two and three, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your photography and present your final work as an artist’s book, which you’ll showcase at an end-of-year book fair.

Critical and Cultural Practice (40 credit points)
Build on your practical and theoretical knowledge and experience to further explore representation in and through imagery. Develop an understanding of critical strategy in the interpretation, analysis and practice of photography. You’ll prepare for your final year dissertation by developing your critical research and writing.

[Final Year]

Degree Show and Dissertation (120 credit points)
(Degree Show 50%, research package 15%, dissertation 35%)
This module is split into Visual Practice and Critical Practice. In Visual Practice, you’ll produce a body of work for exhibition in the NTU Degree Show Photography Festival, and a research package to show your work progress, along with a reflective and analytical written commentary. In Critical Practice, you’ll research and write an 8,000 to 10,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choice.

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

Department:

School of Art and Design

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.

69%
med
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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
74%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

80%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
41%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
59%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
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
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Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

38%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Customer service 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.

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.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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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