Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

FdA Photography

This course will enable you to explore the theory and practice of photography in a work-related context.

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Key information

Course code: B05931 UCAS code: W641 Course type: University Level, International, Full-time Duration: 2 Years Start date: September 2018 End qualification: Foundation Degree in Photography Awarding body: University of Brighton Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Assessment: Practical and written assessments.

Course aims and areas


In year one, you will learn to scan and print both black and white and colour negatives and digital images to giclee print, look at historical aspects of photography and wider visual culture as well as exploring philosophical and social perspectives of making photographs.
You will learn about online distribution in photographic practice, focussing on the concerns of photography as a means of instant communication in its relationship to online culture.

In year two, you will cover knowledge of market place, presentation, costing, self-evaluation and identifying aspects of ones own practice to commercial gain.
You will be introduced to the key components of web design and online communication to allow you to engage in online networks, showcase your portfolio of work, and present your creative ideas and skills. You will design and build an interactive website that is focused in an area related to your own practice that presents you as a creative professional.

You will be supported to create a focused academic essay that is based on credible referenced research.

Course Units

Year 1:

Digital Imaging 

Context and Methodology

Practical Photographic Skills

Work-Related Experience

Personal Project (Photography Futures)

Year two: 

Professional Practice 

Web Production for Creative Practice

Photographic Critical Investigation

Personal Project and Presentation

Promotional Print Design for Creative Practice (Elective)

Audio Visual Interactive Technology (Elective)

Why the MET?

You will have access to the centre of Brighton with contemporary photography art based galleries and use of 4 photographic studios.

Use of both colour and black and white darkroom and specialised camera equipment including Canon 5D and Hasselblad HD3 series.

An opportunity to work independently to produce bespoke portfolio in small workshop class size.

Access to practitioners and academics in the field of contemporary photography.

Professional input and output facilities which include drum scanning and A1 size giclee printing.

Engaging with numerous curriculum enhancement activities such photographing fashion shows and working in local studios.

A programme of guest speakers ranging from a wide section of the photographic industry notably recognised world celebrated photographers, Brian Griffin and Nancy Honey.

Entry Requirements

We have a range of entry requirements and are keen to assess each application individually, recognising that our applicants have a range of backgrounds and qualifications. Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition (if relevant) and any experience.

To read our higher education entry guide, click here.

There are specific CEFR proficiency requirements for international students.

Course Costs

Your tuition fee status is based on your UCAS application and any additional information you provide to us. This status determines the fees you pay and your eligibility for student finance.

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Work Experience

Students undertake work-related and professional practice activities during the first year of the course. Students initiate entrepreneurial projects and activities, which will involve working with external organisations, clients and professionals. As a result students are able to find their own path for career progression by being involved in the practical aspects of making photographs in the local environment. In year two students are encouraged to work with the links to industry and use the college facilities to create work. Some students support their development finances by working professionally in professional studios alongside the course programme. 

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas.

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students.

What's Next?

Departing students follow various progression routes. Some continue to BA top up courses, including the BA (Hons) Visual Arts practice one year top-up at Brighton MET. Some students have secured photographers assisting opportunities in London and the United States whilst others are pursuing freelance opportunities and internships in photographic galleries London.

All higher education courses at Brighton MET focus on improving the employment prospects of graduates. Curriculum content is designed to cover the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for. Learning and teaching strategies reflect the workplace, and students are prepared for employment through various methods including work placements, assessment tasks that mirror industry and career and personal development planning.

Many of our teaching staff have industry backgrounds and maintain freelance careers. External examiners have consistently commended the College on how it prepares students for work. In a 2011 inspection by the Quality Assurance Agency, the College was commended for its highly effective teaching and learning strategies to develop students’ employability.

FdA and BA exhibition group: 

Graduate websites:

Ken Street

Hayley Benoit

  • Higher Education Student Social and Study space (HUB), with individual and group workstations, large display screens iPads and kitchen facilities.
  • Learning Resource Centre and JSTOR journal access at Pelham in the city of Brighton.
  • Course base room with Mac facilities with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Premiere software.
  • Medium / Large film negative format printing.
  • Professional drum scanning equipment.
  • Access to darkroom for both colour and black and white printing.

  • Loan system to use professional equipment on location.
  • A1 Giclee Inkjet printing 
  • Access to Canon 5D mark iii SLR cameras and lenses for studio and location 
  • Access to Hasselblad HD 3 series cameras and lenses for studio. 
  • A0 Hotpress facility for mounting and sealing work for exhibition

Potential Careers

Photographer, audio-visual or broadcasting equipment operator

Typical Tasks:

  • Selects subject and conceives composition of picture or discusses composition with colleagues.
  • Arranges subject, lighting, camera equipment and any microphones.
  • Inserts lenses and adjusts aperture and speed settings as necessary.
  • Operates scanning equipment to transfer image to computer and manipulates image to achieve the desired effect.
  • Photographs subject or follows action by moving camera.
  • Takes, records and manipulates digital images and digital video footage.
  • Controls transmission, broadcasting and satellite systems for television and radio programmes, identifies and solves related technical problems.
  • Checks operation and positioning of projectors, vision and sound recording equipment, and mixing and dubbing equipment.
  • Operates equipment to record, edit and play back films and television programmes.
  • Manages health and safety issues.
  • Operates sound mixing and dubbing equipment to obtain desired mix, level and balance of sound.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

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  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
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