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University of Bolton

Photography

UCAS Code: W640

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Access to HE Diploma

D:0,M:45,P:0

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

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96
57%
Applicants receiving offers

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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

4.5 years | Part-time | 2019

Subject

Photography

Photography has the ability to reach a global audience presenting information concisely that can delight, educate, express a view or record a fragment of time. Our degree is designed to prepare photographers for professional roles in a wide range of specialist areas.We live in a visual age and photography, in all its forms, is at its core. Virtually everyone has a camera and therefore has the ability to take, post and view photography. The capacity to transcend this basic ability and communicate concise visual statements that engage audiences and represent meanings becomes possible through your participation on the course and our careful guidance. Our Photography degree offers a pathway of visual self-discovery leading to a professional career in this dynamic industry. We offer a supportive, market-aware environment in which you can explore different photographic genres such as documentary, editorial, advertising, portraiture, architectural, landscape and fine art photography.We aim to develop your knowledge of contemporary photographic practice, including digital media, as well as the more traditional photographic processes. Your wider study of visual arts theory will help develop your visual language and understanding. Well encourage you to explore, evaluate and draw inspiration from historical, philosophical and cultural influences and think critically about your own work and that of others. Well also focus on helping you to develop career-relevant skills. Creativity, technical knowledge, problem solving, time management, sales, marketing and customer care skills are all essential for success as a professional photographer.

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

Scholarship
Production Skills
Photographic Techniques (Digital)
Visual Literacy
Applied Creativity
Photographic Techniques (Wet)
Employability and Enterprise
Location: Techniques into Practice
Studio: Techniques into Practice
Past Present and Futures: Theory into Context
Applied Techniques into Practice
Photography Theory into Practice
Advanced Photography Practice: Research, Presentation and Exhibition
Advanced Photography Practice: Portfolio for Exhibition
Professional Practice and Self-Promotion
Major Project
Research in Context

Assessment methods

Coursework (100%)

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bolton

Department:

Art, Design 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.

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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
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

75%
Library resources
69%
IT resources
69%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
86%
low
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Secretarial and related occupations
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

£13k

£13k

£15k

£15k

£15k

£15k

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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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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