Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

This course is unique in the sense that potential candidates may approach the study of photography with no previous experience within the medium, subject to relevant entry requirements. It could provide a cross over from other artistic backgrounds and we encourage an individual approach and links to industry and professional practice.

Being taught over two full days per week, the course also gives you more flexibility in balancing work or family commitments.


We provide instruction, demonstration, guidance and personal tuition in the practical application of photography. The course incorporates commercially driven aspects of the photographic industry with an artistic and analytical approach. Included are technical seminars, workshops and demonstrations in practical application and theory. The core modules enable students to pursue specific pathways to suit their individual needs and aspirations.


The course consists of three years full-time study. Year 1 deals with technical theory and practice as well as critical theory. Students are encouraged to develop individually, as appropriate to their ambitions. Year 2 takes a more self-directed focus, allowing the individual to develop a specific style and approach. Year 3 sees the development of key skills and applications developed in previous two years with an aim to specialise and hone professional practices and culminates in a self-initiated final exhibition and the production of an individual portfolio.

 

Who is this programme for?

All ages of students with a mix of younger and mature learners who wish to study photography at a sustained level.

What will I study?

All aspects of photographic practice are considered with both technical and theoretical application applied during the study programme. Emphasis is placed on the need to navigate the spaces in which photography operates on both commercial and artistic levels within contemporary image making.

£2,000 Bursary

A limited number of £2,000 cash bursaries are available to eligible new undergraduates in their first year. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply on our Finance webpage.

Fees

FEE COST
Fee Per Year £8000

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

Teaching comprises class lead technical and theoretical study with learners guided through each module under supervision of module leaders. Over the duration of each module students produce a visual response to a set brief that is backed up with written research and evaluation. As the course progresses greater emphasis is placed on learners to build an independent visual language whilst at the same time placing a vocational context to work produced.

What modules are covered?

  • Advertising
  • Portraiture
  • Fashion
  • Landscape
  • Still Life
  • Studio and Location Techniques
  • Documentary
  • Industrial Placement
  • Digital Imaging
  • Web Development
  • Business and Professional Development
  • Art Photography
  • Critical Theory/Social Significance
  • Historical and Contextual Studies

The style of teaching and learning used in this programme has been carefully designed to suit the subject matter. We recognise that students learn in various ways, so we use a range of different teaching methods and situations to best deliver the learning outcomes for each module. The range of teaching and learning methods used in this programme includes:

  • Lecture
  • Small group research
  • Problem solving
  • Studio and darkroom production
  • Technical experiment
  • Industrial placement work
  • Location techniques
  • Technical and aesthetic methodology
  • Workshops
  • Demonstrations, seminars and practical experience in both studio and on location
  • Assignments and projects
  • Research and essay writing
  • Project work

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. Your Tutor will be on hand to provide support during the assessment process and discuss any queries you may have. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes:

Summative methods:

  • Formal examination
  • Assessed assignments
  • Formal production reports
  • Oral and visual presentations
  • Observations
  • Seminars

Formative methods:

  • Logbooks
  • Oral presentations/seminars
  • On-line assessments
  • Portfolio production
  • Digital and analogue publishing
  • Practical demonstration
  • Portfolio assessment

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The range of assessment methods you will experience will give you the confidence and capability to complete an Honours degree and progress further in your career. Your Tutor will be on hand to provide support during the assessment process and discuss any queries you may have. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes:

• Portfolio of practical work
• Production Report
• Assessed coursework / assignments
• Formative assessment through assignment work feedback
• Formal examination
• Practical demonstrations
• Project reports
• Presentation

What training will be provided?

Technical skills in both darkroom, studio and location practice are provided for. Research methods and methodology are delivered to provide students with a structure from which to produce papers in year 1 &2 with  a dissertation in year 3.

Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

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Progression

What Next?

The College is committed to delivering programmes that enhance the employability of our students by equipping them with the essential skills valued by employers. The College has always had a strong vocational and professional focus, effective links with industry and employs a range of strategies to ensure that our graduates are ready to enter the world of work.

Careers

Employability
The College is committed to delivering programmes that enhance the employability of our students by equipping them with the essential skills valued by employers. The College has always had a strong vocational and professional focus, effective links with industry and employs a range of strategies to ensure that our graduates are ready to enter the world of work.

Our graduating students have proved to be highly employable with recent students successfully obtaining employment within an array of different professional photographic fields including freelance editorial, advertising and fashion photography, photographic post production, fine art and documentary practice.

Professional Recognition
Recent students have received national recognition in the form of industry awards including BBC Fashion Photographer of the Year, Association of Photographers Awards in both student and professional categories and nominations for Fresh Eyed and Wild Faced at the Photographers’ Gallery.
 

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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are seperate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

How will I be assessed?

Portfolio submission and interview.

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

72 UCAS points from relevant subject(s). Relevant evidence of work experience and CPD and successful interview. A satisfactory reference is required.

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Amy

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The course taught me how to explore documentary photography in further depth, and a number of techniques including black and white colour printing. I also learned how to write to a high level, through our assignments, which were on photography history, for example. 

There were so many advantages to studying at University Centre Farnborough, like the small class sizes which meant that we had more help available to us, and the fact that it was close to where I live so I could commute to Farnborough. Though the highlight of my degree was completing my final major project - my mentor supported me with my written and practical work all the way through, so that I could get the highest mark I could. 

Amy

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