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University of Central Lancashire

Photography

UCAS Code: WP6H

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

Entry requirements


104 UCAS points at A2 including Photography, Media, Humanities, Social Sciences or Fine Art at Grade C

106 UCAS points including 15 level 3 credits in Photography, Media, Humanities, Social Sciences or Fine Art

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB Diploma including 104 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects, including HL5 Photography, Media, Humanities, Social Sciences or Fine Art

104 UCAS points including Photography, Media, Humanities, Social Sciences or Fine Art at Grade C

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

Relevant subject required (Photography, Media, Humanities, Social Sciences or Fine Art)

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMM

Relevant subject required (Photography, Media, Humanities, Social Sciences or Fine Art)

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

DD

Relevant subject area required (Photography, Media, Humanities, Social Sciences or Fine Art)

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

MMM

Relevant subject area required (Photography, Media, Humanities, Social Sciences or Fine Art)

104 UCAS points including Photography, Media, Humanities, Social Sciences or Fine Art at Grade C

104 UCAS points including Photography, Media, Humanities, Social Sciences or Fine Art at Grade C

UCAS Tariff

104

Photography, Media, Humanities, Social Sciences or Fine Art at Grade C are required

96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Photography

The modern world is saturated in imagery. Understanding how to interpret it and create it are now key skills for contemporary living. Our practical photography degree aims to help you develop a clear understanding of how photographs can be used to communicate and express yourself in the professional world of the creative industries. Intensive workshop sessions will allow you to pick up relevant skills and undertake innovative types of visual problem solving. Carrying out work placements and collaborating on live client-based briefs will help equip you with the relevant vocational skills and experiences you need to follow a career as a professional photographer.

On this course you’ll develop strong critical, creative and technical abilities, giving you the skills to work in photography or as part of the wider creative industries, from writers to curators, picture editors to educators. Our graduates have gone on to work as freelance fashion photographers, sports photographers, and work in digital editing, film-making and further study. The course is also home to a strong postgraduate culture. You will have the chance to attend Free Range (a professional practice event held in London) in your third year and exhibit your work.

You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad with Erasmus in Year 2 (Year 3 if you started in the Foundation Entry), with many students choosing California. You’ll also have the chance to go on a range of School sponsored trips to places like Europe, Africa and China to work on international projects. Get the practical real-life experiences you’ll need to succeed by working on live briefs based around your own personal type of working practice.

Modules

Year 1: Introduction to Photography, Photography & Narrative, Photography and the Everyday, The Photographic Image, Visualising Ideas.
Plus one of the following: The Fashion Image, Experimental Photography,

Year 2: Professional Practice, Critical Practices, Contemporary Practice, Open Project. Plus one of the following: The Constructed Image OR
Fashion Branding & Photography. Plus one of the following: Fashion and Photography, Photography and the City

Year 3: Dissertation, Portfolio Development, Professional Development, Independent Practice, Final Project

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 Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

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.

60%
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.

Cinematics and photography

Teaching and learning

65%
Staff make the subject interesting
63%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
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

78%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
74%
Course specific equipment and facilities
33%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

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.

£15,500
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Other elementary services 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.

£15k

£15k

£17k

£17k

£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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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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