Foundation Degree in Photography
This two year degree is awarded by the University of Gloucestershire and is delivered in partnership with SGS College. This programme offers students an exciting opportunity to study an art and design specialism while also preparing for a potential role in the wider creative industries.
Students are focused on a pathway that is addressed through specific modules that develop specialist skills and provide an ‘identity’ from which to develop an individual direction. Students are encouraged to look increasingly outwards from their chosen specialism, developing their understanding of the wider contexts of their practice. This promotes the development of an informed point of view to support an individual approach to practical work.
The programme includes core modules that are shared between the specialist pathways. These core modules directly address the students’ needs to be able to understand issues and problems which are common to all creative practitioners, and to develop skills which all creative practitioners need.
The emphasis is on the development of conceptual skills, the ability to understand problems, to work with ideas, to think in a critical, questioning, and creative way, and to be able to analyse visual forms. They offer opportunities for collaborative learning, including working with students from other pathways, which mirror professional working practices in the creative industries.
Assignments are open and flexible so that they can be used to develop an individual approach to practical work, whether the student wants to focus directly on a particular specialism or is interested in working across the boundaries of different subjects or media.
FDA students also have access to facilities, including libraries, at Filton’s three campuses and those of the University of Gloucestershire. On successful completeion of the foundation degree, students may continue to study for the full BA Hons at a University of their choice.
Course entry requirements
Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design or Photography related subject. Art and Design AVCE, A-Levels including Art or Photography, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or Photography. Students are required to have studied to GCSE (or equivalent) level in English Language. Students with other backgrounds with an exceptional portfolio may also be considered.
Points accepted: 64 points required from qualifications with the volume and depth of A level or equivalent.
Students examine in depth the work of photographers and artists in both a contemporary and historical context, through a series of formal lectures, tutorials and research work that is linked to the production of their practical and written coursework. This is complemented by technical workshops and lectures designed to assist in the development of candidates’ photographic skills and techniques.
In addition to the shared modules, photography students study modules in:
Film and digital camera formats
Digital imaging techniques
Analogue print techniques
Editorial/photographic book production
Study progresses to specialising in a particular aspect of photography through a range of intensive and creative practical assignments, which will enable the development of a portfolio of work to support job applications within the photographic industries or progression into further academic studies.
Students will undertake an industrial placement during year 2 of the course.
There is a comprehensive programme of visits to local and national galleries.
It is expected that students from this course will be suitably prepared for entry to employment within the creative industries. Alternatively students may apply to study for a further year at a variety of Universities to gain BA Hons in Photography.
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