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Plymouth College of Art

Photography

UCAS Code: W645

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
50%
Applicants receiving offers

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Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

About this course


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

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

6 years | Part-time | 2019

Subjects

Fine art

Photography

**This distinctive programme focuses on a blend of creative and critical practice. It examines and encourages the many types of photographic image-making that emerge from photography as contemporary art.**

- Develop creative, production and critical skills across a range of different lens and photographic-based media and consider the production, distribution and meaning of images, as well as examining the relationship between practice and theory.

- Benefit from some of the best facilities and equipment in the country, with access to a range of industry-standard photographic studios, traditional darkrooms, lighting and camera equipment.

- Learn in the unique environment and study experience of a specialist art college, characterised by creativity, experimentation and imagination.

Photography is a part of our daily lives, and the visual world as it is photographed is a crucial way for us to communicate our thoughts and feelings – and reflect on the world that we live in. Today, we take more photographs than ever before. It could be argued that photographic image-making is the most relevant, important creative discipline in the 21st century.

Taking an enquiring and experimental approach, while developing your technical and communication skills, will open up a range of creative and professional possibilities for you. You’ll cover digital and film-based photography, stills and moving image.

You will be encouraged to develop your own ideas in relation to your practice. You’ll consider the photograph as document and object as well as in its virtual contexts, exploring self-expression and experimental processes. We will support you in discovering a photographic language that works for you.

You will examine photography as a contemporary art form, and in relation to culture, society and the wider world. You will be encouraged to work collectively and develop networks that will support your creative and professional future.

You will learn from staff who are practising artists and have a range of internationally recognised experience across art, documentary, curatorial and participatory-based forms of practice.

**WHAT WILL I ACHIEVE?**

You will gain entrepreneurial skills, and explore how to promote your work through exhibitions, publications and online formats. You will learn how to develop supportive professional networks, and how to fund your emerging practice through a variety of means such as sales, grants and competitions.

**WHAT WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO?**

You will have access to a wide range of camera and lighting equipment, industry-standard photographic studios, both digital and traditional darkrooms and high-specification digital imaging and printing facilities, as well as the 6,000 pieces of kit that are free to hire from our Equipment Resource Centre.

Through regular seasons of talks by artists, academics, curators, picture editors, photobook publishers and web-based professionals, we explore the collective and individual opportunities available to you. National and international study trips and visits will enrich and support your student experience.

Our Careers & Enterprise team will help you to develop your career both through your studies and after you graduate.

**CONNECTING YOU WITH INDUSTRY**

Professional practice modules will provide you with the grounding in business, legal and ethical considerations that you’ll need to pursue your own career. Recent visiting artists and lecturers have included Peter Kennard, Sian Davey, Louis Porter, Matthew Broadhead, Aaron Schuman and Eileen Perrier, while the college’s onsite gallery has hosted exhibitions from Martin Parr and Corinne Day.

Our strong international connections also allow our students to take a semester of study in Europe and North America.

Modules

Our graduates have all the skills and knowledge that they need to work in the creative industries. Throughout your studies, your work will be underpinned and informed by a rich programme of contextual and theoretical study. Our professional practice modules help you to understand how to promote, sell and exhibit your work and how to develop your network, and include regular seasons of talks by curators, picture editors, artists and academics.
You will need to gain entrepreneurial skills, and we explore how to build your artistic reputation and how to promote and support your work through exhibitions, publications and online formats.
We organise an annual Visual Culture Symposium in London where students meet industry professionals, listen to guest lectures and get key feedback for their portfolio.

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:

Arts and Media

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.

83%
med
Fine art
64%
low
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.

Art

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

85%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Cinematics and photography

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

82%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
48%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Fine art

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

£11k

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£14k

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£14k

£14k

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.

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.

£11k

£11k

£14k

£14k

£14k

£14k

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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