Get creative and experiment with your digital and analogue skills on this Foundation Degree in Contemporary Photographic Practices, as you explore the variety of contexts and wide-ranging nature of photography today.

• Learn the technical skills of photography, including digital image production and manipulation, whilst exploring images from fashion to street style, from advertising campaigns to designer look-books, and from fanzine to glossy magazine.
• Combine theory and research with practice work to get a rounded view of photography and its place in culture.
• And complete live briefs to develop real world skills, work with potential employers, and equip yourself for a successful future career in this industry.

Fielden Park Campus
Full Time
2 years
September 2019
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University

• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded

• 64 UCAS Tariff Points

• Students that have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Your suitability for Foundation Degree study may be assessed by interview.

Year 1: Landscape and Environment (30 credits)
Develop your practical abilities using a range of techniques and processes on location, drawing on research of historical and contemporary practitioners.

Year 1: Photographic Practices (30 credits)
Build your skills in equipment and processes to confidently explore developing concep

Year 1: Portrait, Identity and Narration (30 credits)
Explore how photography can be used to identify and represent both individuals and groups, and examine the way in which the photograph is used to implicate identity through the portraiture and representation of individuals or group

Year 1: Professional and Academic Development (30 credits)
Develop and re-enforce your critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills, as you prepare for future graduate level study and potential, professional careers.
Bright, S. (2010) Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography

Bright, S. (2011) Art Photography Now

Goldin, N., Heiferman, M. (2012) The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

Kobre, K. and Gangelhoff, B. (2008) Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach

Jaeger, A.-C. (2010) Image Makers, Image Takers : The Essential Guide to Photography by Those in the Know
100% of your mark will be based on your photographic portfolio and coursework.

You’ll have the skills and knowledge to work directly in the photographic and digital media industry with a range of careers to follow, from commercial photography, through freelance and magazine photojournalism to more specific areas such as scientific photography, medical photography and culinary photography.
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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There are extra cost associated with the course including an equipment list, extra printing, End of Year Show printing and preparation and Trips.

Examples below:

Equipment list: £150-£200
Printing: 1st yr £150 - 2nd yr £250
Optional Software: Creative Cloud £16 p/m (equipped on all campus Macs)
Optional trip: £300+

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here.

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