The course is designed to ensure that students gain the right skills, experience and confidence to apply for relevant jobs within the creative industries and/or to understand how to apply these skills to their own business on completion of the course.
Students will gain a sound knowledge of the history of photography and of modern developments. There is a strong emphasis on practice, with varied and interesting assignments in photojournalism, documentary photography, fashion photography, studio photography, landscape photography, commercial photography, fine art approaches and alternative photographic styles.
At the end of the course students should be able to:
• Gain an understanding of photography as an art form and/or as a career pathway
• Learn how to use the camera to its full potential i.e. manual settings and equipment needed for specific purposes
• Understand image editing and post production techniques
• Gain knowledge of photography from a historical and contemporary point of view
• Develop opportunities to achieve a career in photography
• Make photographic industry links whilst undertaking ‘live’ briefs and work-based learning projects
The Foundation Degree in Photography aims to provide students with a high quality teaching and learning experience that is relevant to creative industries for contemporary practice. It is important that students have a clear understanding of the history of photography and recognise how to develop subject specific knowledge appropriate to the application of Photography and the changing environment in which it operates.
Students will require 48 UCAS points, this is the equivalent of
• 2 A Levels (at Grade D or above) or
• a relevant BTEC Level 3 qualification with a Merit/Pass for a Level 3 Diploma or a Pass/Pass/Pass for a Level 3 Extended Diploma or
• relevant industrial experience.
Entry to the final top up year for the BA (Hons), delivered at University of South Wales will be on successful completion of the Foundation Degree.
We are interested in creatives that are enthusiastic and who demonstrate a strong commitment to the visual arts. Those without such qualifications are considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. All applicants will receive a portfolio-based interview where they will be required to show photographic skill and competence in using a Digital SLR.
Students are assessed through completion of assignment based coursework, essay writing, presentations, portfolio and practical work, reflective journal (online and physical), reports and assessed participation in group tasks, ‘live’ briefs and work place activities.
Deadlines are spread throughout each year. Students will receive details of the assessment requirements during each module with a deadline for submission.
As a professional photographer, possibly self-employed, students may choose to specialise in an area such as fashion, advertising, editorial, documentary, industrial, scientific or even forensic photography.
Roles exist in creative businesses, publishers and photographic agencies, or in the education or public sector - these may include photography curator, photographic distributor, picture researcher or photographic studio assistant.
This course runs 2 days a week 9:00am-4:00pm.
You will need your own Digital SLR (preferably with interchangeable lenses) for this course. In addition, you will be required to purchase other materials such as: Memory cards, tripod, camera bag, USB drives, sketchbooks/files and an A3 portfolio.
Some of these materials can be purchased in our Art Shop at a student-discounted rate. As part of the requirements for different Modules you will also be required to purchase your own prints. Your Module Leader will advise you on the best places to get your photographs printed.
The Foundation Degree Photography staff encourages learners to build their own photographic profile by entering competitions and sharing their general day-to-day work via social media.
Follow our social accounts to see our showcasing of learners work and general day to day.
Facebook: CYC Photography
No applications from overseas non-EU students
HE Fees are subject to change
Information for UCAS and Student Finance Wales
Creative Industries (Photography)
Course Code: W640
Institution Code: W01