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University of Portsmouth

Photography

UCAS Code: W640

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

Entry requirements


104-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

106 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4

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

D*D

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM

104-112 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

104-112

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Applicants without art and design qualifications or experience may be asked to submit a digital portfolio in advance of an invitation to interview.

72%
Applicants receiving offers

You may also need to…

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

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Photography

**Overview**
Are you a keen photographer looking to turn your passion into a career?

If you want to get expert skills in a particular field of photography such as documentary, editorial and fine art photography or want to learn about the business side of the photographic industry, this BA (Hons) Photography degree course is ideal.

It gives you the knowledge and skill necessary to fine-tune your photography skills and successfully promote your work and abilities in a competitive marketplace.

**What you'll experience**
On this course you'll:

- Learn about many approaches of photography and use traditional and modern techniques to hone your skills and find inspiration

- Be taught by practising professionals with experience in exhibiting, publishing, curating and writing about photography

- Use extensive photography facilities and equipment, including our photographic studios with flash and tungsten lighting setups, range of digital and traditional cameras, and our digital darkroom

- Be able to attend engaging guest lectures from respected industry figures, past guest lecturers have included Peter Kennard, Laura Pannack, Oliver Chanarin, Clare Strand, Tom Hunter, Eva Stenram and Brian Griffin

- Organise group exhibitions across venues in Portsmouth, promoting your work in pubs, shop windows, restaurants and pop-up galleries

- Go on annual study visits to galleries and photography festivals in locations like London, Paris, Berlin and Brighton

- Undertake commissions and enter photography competitions

- Organise and be part of a London show where you'll network with gallery directors, curators, magazine editors and advertising agency directors

**Careers and opportunities**
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

Previous students have gone on to work as:

- studio photographers

- video directors

- picture editors

- retouchers

- photojournalists

- curators

- artists

- fashion photographers

- teachers/lecturers

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

The first year introduces you to the key technical, creative and theoretical elements of working with photography. Professional practice units start exploring the range of photographic careers available. By the second year you’ll have learnt the key technical skills and be regularly putting them into practice. You will also explore the historical and contemporary debates about photography, which will give you the ability to think, talk and write about your work and that of others. You will get the chance to exhibit outside of the University, as well as take an editorial unit to create work for a magazine of your choice, learning design and layout skills to add to your photographic knowledge. In your final year you will have the chance to specialise and write your own briefs that relate to an area of photography you are interested in. Your research skills that have been learnt throughout the course are applied to develop this work conceptually. The professional practice unit focuses on preparing your online and/or print based portfolio for graduation and the year ends with exhibitions of students' work in both Portsmouth and London.

Assessment methods

You will mostly be assessed by a mix of written and practical coursework. Learning becomes more independent as the course progresses. We assess your work through practical photography projects, exhibition prints, artists books, magazine layouts, screen based work and moving image, real-life exhibition projects and portfolios.

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
International
£13,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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.

82%
high
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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

95%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
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
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

53%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
6%
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.

£15k

£15k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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