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University of Plymouth

Photography with Foundation

UCAS Code: W649

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

Entry requirements


32-48 points , minimum of 2 A Levels

Access to HE Diploma

P:45

From any subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

From any subjects

32-48 points from any subjects

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

MM

From any subject

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

P,P,P

From any subject

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

PPP

From any subject

32-48 points, minimum of 2 A Levels

UCAS Tariff

32-48

From a minimum of 2 A Levels

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Subjects

Photography

Creative arts and design

BA (Hons) Photography with Foundation is a four-year programme of study that provides an additional foundation year, enabling you to develop the required practical, technical, academic and creative skills for your undergraduate degree. This programme offers access to study for those students who may not have the standard entry profile for Year 1 study. Equally, for those returning to study who have relevant experience but not the required academic profile. It is also suitable for learners whose subject choice does not include the necessary background, but who are otherwise academically capable. Your foundation year will:
- Welcome you to an engaging learning environment with a focus on active exploration, experimentation and discovery across a wide range of material and media.

- Help develop your practical, technical and creative skills through studio and workshop based projects.

- Provide training in key learning skills for further undergraduate study and build an awareness of practice, context and theory.

- Introduce you to a community of experienced academics, practitioners and technical staff that will support you on your studies.

- Give you access to a wide range of specialist workshops, laboratories and facilities across the campus and become part of our vibrant student community through the various opportunities available within the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

- Enable you to explore and develop your personal interests and strengths as a creative practitioner.

When you join the programme, you will learn to develop your passion. You will make, use, and analyse images, engaging directly with the world around you while exploring the medium’s endless potential.
- Experiment: a key feature of our course is the space to experiment. During the three years there is a great deal of focus on the way you develop your photography, both in practice, and in ideas.

- Document: a growing aspect of the course, in response to contemporary practice, is the importance of the photographic document. This includes opportunities to develop as a contemporary documentary practitioner.

- Collaborate: a valuable skill for any creative practitioner, collaboration is sewn throughout our course including short studio projects, group presentations, and a collaborative practice module.

- Think differently: an important aspect of our course is the development of you as a critically aware contemporary photographer. This means that you can move between ways of working that span the commercial and artistic worlds.

- Explore: broaden your understanding of photographic practice in other cultures - our international opportunities include a residential field trip to Europe in Year 1 and opportunities for studying abroad in countries like Germany, Romania, Sweden, Cyprus, Slovenia, France, Slovakia, Norway, New Zealand and the USA in Year 2.

- Facilities: achieve your creative goals with our excellent facilities, including a custom-built analogue and digital resource and an extensive Artist Book Collection. Be free to work when inspiration takes you with our facilities open from 8am to midnight, all week, and throughout the holidays.

- Visitors: deepen your understanding of the subject with our visiting speaker series, featuring well-known practitioners and former students discussing their work and careers. Past speakers have included; Brett Rogers, Director of the Photographers Gallery; documentary photographer Ed Clark; image makers Anna Fox, Simon Roberts, Charlotte Dumas, Ori Gersht, Martin Parr and more. We also work with Specialist Professional Practice visitors who create clear links between the creative practice of the course and professional outlets in the future.

- Unistats: 95% of students agreed staff were good at explaining things; 80% of students agreed staff made the subject interesting; 85% of students were satisfied overall. 85% of students were in work/study six months after finishing.

Tuition fees

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

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

Creative arts and design

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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.

Creative arts and design

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.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Design occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Only a small number of students study courses sitting under this broad subject, so there isn't a lot of information available on what graduates do when they finish - bear that in mind when you look at the stats. Teaching, advertising and the creative arts were the most common industries for these graduates, but it's a good idea to attend open days and talk to tutors about what you might expect from a specific course and what previous graduates typically go on to do.

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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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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