Photography

BA (Hons) Photography Top-Up

  • UCAS CODE
    W640
  • CAMPUS
    Tonbridge
  • FT/PT/EVE
    Full time
  • DURATION
    1 Year
  • START DATE
    08/09/2020
  • AWARDING BODY
    University of Kent
Aimed at those students who want to progress beyond the HND to a full honour degree, this programme has a strong emphasis on individual and professional development where you will be encouraged to achieve a high standard in all areas and supported to make work of high conceptual and technical quality.

With an emphasis on spoken presentation and self-promotion as an emerging artist/practitioner, the skills learnt on this programme are applicable across a range of industries and roles. You will be supported to develop analytical techniques and problem-solving skills and ultimately be able to work in situations that require personal responsibility and making decisions in complex or unpredictable circumstances.

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Teaching is delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, discussions, group work/exhibition planning, tutorials and workshops.

Work is assessed by assignment and presented at group critique on a continuous basis throughout the programme. You will be required to present your work in a professional manner and to field questions from your tutors and colleagues on the programme.

The programme typically involves an average of 12 timetabled hours over two to three days per week during term time. This is a full-time programme and you will be expected to dedicate approximately 24 hours per week to self-directed study to carry out research and assignment work outside of timetabled classes. You will be encouraged to work in the College outside of timetabled classes, when there will be support available from photographic technicians and Learning Resource Centre staff.

There is an emphasis on spoken presentation and self-promotion as an emerging artist/practitioner. The programme has a high level of transferable skills embedded within the module outcomes that will prepare you for higher level jobs within a range of employment areas both within and outside the field. You will be encouraged to send your work to relevant employers and contexts.

Ideas development and creative thinking is a central theme of the programme and this is supported within the tutorial system, and the availability of one-to-one tutorials. Furthermore, you will be supported to develop analytical techniques and problem-solving skills that can be used in many types of employment. You will be able to work in situations that require personal responsibility and make decisions in complex or unpredictable circumstances. You will be prepared for various forms of academic and report writing.

One of the highlights of the year is the planning and organisation of a group show in London. This involves raising sponsorship, working as a committee and engaging in the planning, promotion, organisation and curation activities required to realise the show.

In previous years, the programme has offered students the opportunity to exhibit at venues in central London such as The Menier Chocolate Factory and the Embassy Tea Gallery.

You will develop a strong foundation of technical skills, knowledge and creative approaches required for employment or progression to postgraduate study in the areas of photography, and other related subjects.

Some graduates of this programme have progressed to postgraduate study and teacher training, whilst others have embarked on careers such as medical photographer, freelance/agency photographer, gallery creative director, gallery owner/assistant and roles in photography businesses.

Photographic equipment is available to borrow from the College. However, at this level of study you will be expected to have your own basic equipment that you like to use.

A reading list will be available before the start of the programme. An introduction to the Dissertation will be sent to you during the July before entry to enable you to begin background reading and research in a proposed topic.

A materials fee is payable for each year of the programme to cover the cost of equipment maintenance and the supply of basic materials, including film stock, chemicals and printer ink. This fee is currently set at £50 per year.

You will need to budget for the cost of photographic materials, presentation and framing. The scale of this cost will greatly depend on the nature of your work and how it is presented, since some production and mounting methods incur a greater cost than others. As a guide, the College estimates an average cost of £500, although some students will spend more than this whilst others will spend substantially less.

Trips to London galleries and events are an integral part of the programme and the College will organise one trip during the course of the year. We advise you to budget approximately £50 for this trip to cover travel and admission costs.

Following receipt of your application, we will invite you to an interview and ask you to bring a portfolio of your work, including some examples of written work (e.g. an essay or proposal from your previous studies). The interview and your portfolio will help us to assess your suitability for the programme. We will also consider your application form, including your personal statement and reference, and the entry requirements when making a decision.

Applications (full-time only) should be made through UCAS.

The programme has a strong emphasis on individual and professional development and you will be encouraged to achieve a high standard in all areas and supported to make work of high conceptual and technical quality.

The teaching team are qualified and experienced in a range of theoretical, conceptual and practical aspects of the subject to facilitate and support individual student projects. You will be offered one-to-one tutorial support on a regular basis, and support from a technician and the Learning Resource Centre is available during self-directed study.

The College’s location near the mainline train station in Tonbridge facilitates trips to and from London.

You will obtain most benefit from studying this programme if:

• you want to have the confidence and skills to operate in a higher level job, or profession, both in a personal sense and in a technical sense, e.g. manager, leader, director, teacher, lecturer, curator, writer, photographer;
• you would like to work in a position where you can make decisions, solve problems and be in control of creative output, e.g. creative director;
• you would like to start your own business;
• you would like to develop your own individual area of practice and take on a more in-depth study of photography;
• you would like the opportunity to develop an in-depth, extended project on a subject of your choice and to exhibit this work at a London gallery; or
• you would like to progress to postgraduate study.

You will study the following three modules:

• Advanced Professional Practice (30, 45 and 60 credit options)
Assignments include:
- Creative Brief (15 credits)
- Commercial Brief (15 credits)
- Professional Presentation and Portfolio (15 credits)
- Exhibition Brief (15 credits)
• Dissertation (15, 30 and 45 credit options)
• Final Major Project (45 credits)

You will be required to choose module options totalling 120 credits.
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Photography Facilities

£5900

Applicants should hold a Foundation Degree or HND in Photography or a related discipline at Merit or Distinction Level.

The College will also consider applicants who have completed 240 credits in a degree programme in Photography or a related discipline with achievement equivalent to a Merit profile in a Foundation Degree or HND.

Institution Code: K24
Course Code: W640
Campus Code: W
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