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University of Plymouth

Documentary Photography

UCAS Code: WP65

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

Entry requirements


96-120 points including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.

Considered in combination

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (Preferably Art and Design or Combined) with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26-28

English and Maths accepted as GCSE equivalent.

96-120 points, English and Maths accepted as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

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

MMM-DDM

Any subject, but preferably Art & Design.

Considered in combination

120 tariff points to include 2 Advanced Highers. English and Maths accepted as GCSE equivalent.

In combination with Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

96-120

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.

Considered in combination

67%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Photography

Join our new course to learn, explore and develop as a photographer, building on your passion for medium, and its ability to tell amazing stories. You'll engage with the world of contemporary documentary photography in its many guises, and develop challenging, exciting and powerful work. Our high profile teaching team will support you in the development of your practice, and the purpose built environment and excellent facilities mean that your ambitions can be met and exceeded as a photographer.

* Experiment – During the course there is a great deal of focus on the way you develop your photography. Contemporary documentary practice takes many forms, and you may end up with an approach that you had never even considered.

* Think differently – An important aspect of our course is the development of you as a critically aware contemporary photographer. Documentary photography is diverse, and we encourage a broad exploration of the genre. By the end of our course you will have a wide understanding of your own practice, and where it fits into the world of contemporary photography.

* Explore - Broaden your understanding of photographic practice in other cultures - our international opportunities include a residential field trip to Europe in year 1 and our ‘Exploration’ module in year 2, allowing the time and space to develop a significant body of work in a different context.

* Facilities - Achieve your creative goals with our excellent facilities and resources, including a custom-built analogue and digital resource and an extensive equipment store. Be free to work when the inspiration takes you with our resources open from 8am to midnight, seven days a week and throughout the holidays.

* Visitors - Deepen your understanding of the subject with our lively visiting speaker series, featuring well-known practitioners. Past speakers have included celebrated documentary photographers: Ed Clark, Anna Fox, Simon Roberts, Charlotte Dumas, Martin Parr, Mark Power, David Goldblatt, Laura Pannack and many many more…

Modules

Core modules:

* Observations
* Practices
* Documentary Histories
* Histories
* Storytelling

Optional modules:

* Conscience (Communicating an Ethical Message)
* Reportage

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

96% of assessment is by coursework and 4% is by exams.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
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:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Art, Design and Architecture

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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

83%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
44%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
16%
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.

£14,000
low
Average annual salary
83%
low
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

30%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Other administrative 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.

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

£19k

£19k

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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