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Plymouth College of Art

Commercial Photography for Fashion, Advertising and Editorial

UCAS Code: W643

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

Entry requirements


A level

C

We require a C at A level in an Art related subject as part of the Tariff

Pass

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-30

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

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UCAS Tariff

96-120
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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time | 2020

Subject

Photography

**From lighting and framing a dramatic fashion shot to visualising concepts for retail, commercial photography has the power to inspire. This programme will help you succeed in today’s competitive photographic industry, and give you the broad range of skills that you’ll need, combining technical excellence with visual awareness, innovation, business acumen and enterprise.**

- Learn how to generate ideas, concepts and creative solutions to client briefs.

- Operate professionally in a range of commercial photographic contexts, maintaining high standards in practice and ethical conduct.

- Develop transferable skills that will maximise your potential for employment and successful commercial enterprise in the creative industries.

- Through our affiliation with the prestigious Association of Photographers (AOP), students can apply for free student membership.

This programme will equip you with advanced technical skills in studio and location lighting, digital capture and post-production techniques.

Industry-oriented assignments, supported by hands-on workshops using sophisticated camera and lighting equipment, will also develop your technical skills.

Our teaching and technical team, as well as practitioners from industry, will help you to develop the confidence in responding to client briefs while demonstrating creative and professional skills. In your second year, you’ll work with real clients to build a professional portfolio.

Study with us and you’ll expand your critical approach alongside developing skills in research and analysis. Our academically robust and intellectually stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. Our programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.

Students acquire a broad range of entrepreneurial abilities in marketing, self-promotion and business development, enabling them to develop financially sustainable practices, and thrive in the industry.

Our photographic resources include industry standard studios, one of which provides an infinity cove to create a seamless backdrop for shoots. We also provide access to lighting and high-end digital camera equipment, large-format scanners, post-production suites and 6,000 pieces of kit that are free to hire from our Equipment Resource Centre.

Students have the opportunity to attend the annual Visual Culture Symposium in London, where speakers have included picture editors from ‘The Telegraph’ and the ‘Guardian’, and acclaimed photographers.

Modules

We provide a distinctive and contemporary programme of study in a learning environment where students with a range of aspirations can flourish creatively, academically and professionally.
We help students to acquire a broad range of entrepreneurial abilities in marketing, self promotion and business development, enabling them to develop financially sustainable practices, and the ability to thrive in the industry.
We also help students acquire the skills, attitudes and behaviours that enable them to apply their learning confidently in different situations, both within the field of photographic practice and in wider creative, professional and collaborative contexts.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth College of Art

Department:

Design and Communication

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.

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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

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

86%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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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.

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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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