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Photography - FdA (Foundation Degree)/BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Code: HE0054-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2/3 Years

The course is for students who want to pursue a career in the varied and exciting world of photography and who have set their sights on specialising in the creative aspects of fashion, advertising  and editorial work.

Key features

  • Creative commercial work
  • Professional studios with infinity wall, lighting and effect machines
  • Digital post-production labs and darkroom suite
  • Client-based projects and work with top professionals
  • Shooting for events such as London Fashion Week 
  • Optional third year to gain BA (Hons) degree

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Course requirements

Portfolio and interview.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

Year 1: The first year is concerned with gaining skills, ideas and the creative process. It aims to marry the subject specific nature of the discipline together with the development of individual style and direction of each photographer.

Year 2: The second year focuses on the nature of work and professional skills. Creative abilities combine with client handling to ensure students are prepared for the workplace. Students gain experience of working with professional photographers on site and on location.

Year 3: The optional third year leads to the BA (Hons) Degree in Creative Media Practice (Photography) - go to third year page

Graduating students will promote their work at a final exhibition in London. Throughout the course, students are supported with feedback from course staff and professional photographers.

Facilities include three professional studios, the infinity studio, the black portrait studio and the TV studio, which also has a product table for professional shots. We have a range of cameras including full frame, a range of lenses from wide angle to telephoto. We also have darkrooms plus full digital post production capabilities. A range of professional lighting, and effects machines (wind machine etc.).

Students have worked with
Andy Earl – Top British music photographer
Heather Angel – Wildlife photographer
Valtech – Top 5 global creative consultancy
Richard Grange – Press photographer
Syd Shelton – Documentary photographer
Malcolm Glover – Fine art photographer
Vince Starr – Sports photographer
FrontRow Fashion
London Fashion Weekend/Canon
Sussex Police

Following successful completion of the two-year FdA course, students can either progress to the optional third year BA top-up in Creative Media Practice (Photography), or enter employment.

Potential careers

  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Retoucher
  • Fine art photographer
  • Art director
  • Studio manager

Students have worked commercially for photographers, magazines and taken on commission work. Several students have become freelance photographers, with some working in partnerships formed during the course.

  • alumni Views Marika Algar FdA Photography

    “The FdA degree helped me to not only create but to develop my confidence. Working with clients and pitching was so rewarding! We were able to see how the work would be received in the professional world and that we what we were learning had real relevance.”

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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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ENTRY £17,453

AVERAGE £27,105


Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
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