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Start Dates: Feb,Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:W500
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

Follow your own passion in photography with this course as you develop practical and theoretical knowledge of traditional and digital photographic formats.

You will see your photographs come to life as you work alongside the fashion department on fashion shoots and animation students learning stop-motion techniques in the photographic studio or on location.

The course will encourage your entrepreneurial spirit as well as your creativity enabling you to enter the industry – local studios, advertising agencies or scientific/medical practice – with confidence, or to pursue postgraduate study in photography and related fields.


  • Gain sound practical and theoretical knowledge of both traditional and digital photographic formats including darkroom techniques, medium and large format photography, studio photography and event and location photography, as well as how to use social networks to promote your work.
  • Explore the ways in which the professional photographer works alongside other professions in the creative industries such as fashion designers, art directors, graphic designers and animators through collaborative projects.
  • Learn from leading professionals in photography and design who exhibit internationally and work with clients including Sunday Times, Mack Books and international design magazines such as Eye Magazine.
  • Develop a professional standard body of work and a network of contacts through events and learn how to use and influence social networks which fuel photographic output today.
  • Benefit from excellent facilities in our School of Art and Design based in a former fashion house.

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.


A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


Units

  • Context And Ideas (ART057-1) Compulsory
  • Introducing Studio Practice (ART063-1) Compulsory
  • Photography: Exploring Materials And Methods (ART060-1) Compulsory
  • Thinking Through Making (ART064-1) Compulsory
  • Collaborative Enterprise (ART052-2) Compulsory
  • Context And Meaning (ART053-2) Compulsory
  • Developing Professional Practice (ART051-2) Compulsory
  • Photography: Developing Materials And Methods (ART055-2) Compulsory
  • Creative Futures (ART029-3) Compulsory
  • Critical And Creative Contexts (ART030-3) Compulsory
  • Final Major Project: Photographic Practices (ART019-3) Compulsory
  • Photography: Final Major Project (ART032-3) Compulsory

A range of appropriate assessments will enable you to grow in confidence and demonstrate your acquisition of knowledge and skills. The formative and summative assessment methods used across the course include: - Coursework to include examples of photography, visual communication, possibly 3-D work or installation, research portfolios, notebooks, research assignments, essays, contextual writing. - Assessments based on individual and group presentations. - Portfolio reviews are as a key means of assessing and as an important method for collating work for a professional portfolio. This instils the right attitudes towards professional work, whereby you can use your portfolio to promote yourself in professional contexts. - Essays and reports feature in developing students writing skills. They help you to express ideas in a variety of ways and styles, and also help to develop academic writing skills that are of particular benefit in producing the final year contextual rationale for your major project. - An online blog/personal website - A midpoint Formal Formative Assessment to review all work in progress. Key skills are embedded in the teaching and learning of the course and will be considered in all assessments. Key Skills relevant to photography and creative enterprise are embedded in the teaching and learning of the course, and will be taken into account in all assessments. The assessments will develop incrementally across the course and allow you to gain skills, confidence and knowledge; receive feedback and develop as a practitioner, thus allowing you to implement this knowledge and feedback into subsequent assessments. At the end of the course, completion of the assessments will demonstrate your ability to analyse current photographic practices and communicate this, in both written and visual formats, as well as demonstrate a range of transferable skills relevant to your professional employability.

Entry Requirements

To learn more about the following UCAS entry requirement tariffs:

  • 80 – 96 tariff points
  • 96 – 112 tariff points
  • 112- 120 tariff points

and information on qualifications to achieve those points visit beds.ac.uk/entryrequirements

You can check your qualifications are valid for UK universities through the UCAS Tariff Calculator

For International and EU entry requirements please visit your country page

Don't forget you may be eligible for one of our scholarships or bursaries

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Entry Requirements


To learn more about the following UCAS entry requirement tariffs:

  • 80 – 96 tariff points
  • 96 – 112 tariff points
  • 112- 120 tariff points

and information on qualifications to achieve those points visit beds.ac.uk/entryrequirements

You can check your qualifications are valid for UK universities through the UCAS Tariff Calculator


For International and EU entry requirements please visit your country page

Don't forget you may be eligible for one of our scholarships or bursaries


Typical graduate destinations include various roles within the photography industry:photography studios, agencies, film and television, multi-media, fashion, advertising, magazine and book publishing, design consultancies, museum and galleries, arts education and freelance creative practice.

Further study at Masters level (Level Seven), include MA in Photography, Documentary Photography, Fashion Photography, Curating, Publishing, etc.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Clicking this card will take you to /howtoapply/money/extra-costs/

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student