Course overview

Professional Photography FdA City of Bristol College

Develop your own unique photographic perspective on the world. Explore your creative and individual approach to photography and develop your awareness of its commercial context and potential.

This Professional Photography Foundation Degree is delivered by City of Bristol College’s University Centre.

Apply for the Professional Photography FdA through UCAS

Institution name: BCBC
Institution code: B77
Course code: W641
Campus code: C
Short code: FdA/PP

Additional information

Who is it for?

Develop your creative and academic skills as well as your technical skills in photography.

You will have the opportunity to make photo books, edit video, process and print films in our dedicated darkroom and shoot in a professional photography studio. You will also develop an understanding of how to run a small business and how to promote yourself and your work in a competitive visual market.

We encourage the use of both digital and analogue techniques and this course uses its unique city centre location to maximise the creative opportunities on offer to you. We have established links with commercial photographers and studios, business support organisations, new web and press news services, innovative photography groups and organisations, exhibition spaces and visual festivals.

What you'll learn

You will study a range of modules during the two-year Foundation Degree.

Modules may include:

  • Photographic Techniques
  • Visual Language
  • Professional Studies
  • Silver-based Imaging
  • Digital Imaging
  • Studio Photography
  • Location Photography
  • Critical Paper
  • Specialist Practice
  • Independent Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Mediation

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

To join the course, students typically need 56 UCAS points normally made up from:

  • A BTEC National Diploma in a related subject
  • AS/A2 (including a related subject or subjects)
  • A full Access Diploma in an appropriate pathway
  • Mature applicants with relevant experience and/or related qualifications are welcome to apply
  • All existing skills and potential will be considered at interview

Please note you will need an interview for this course.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

This course is assessed through a combination of group work, coursework, practical work and presentations.

You will work on live briefs throughout the course, set by our industry partners, which link real-world experience with assignment work which often work to a tight deadline with feedback to fully reflect a working brief.

There are also written and research elements to each assignment, which encourage your thinking, reflection and project awareness. In your second year, you will research develop and write an extended essay.

Future career and study opportunities

On successful completion of the course, you may be able to progress on to the BA (Hons) Photography degree at Plymouth University or to a course at another university. Please note there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability.

Many of our former students work in the creative industries in and around the city and many students go on to be independent freelance photographers.

Additional costs

Although we have an equipment store which can loan much of the necessary equipment to students, and the faculty supplies darkroom chemicals, the course requires significant use of other equipment and materials which must be supplied by the student.

Students can expect additional costs of up to £100 per practical module for consumables, plus students will need a Digital SLR camera and a computer with Photoshop or similar software which can be bought after starting.

The costs are an estimate depending on the direction of your individual project(s).

Blended learning

To keep our students and staff safe, we’re reducing the number of people in our buildings at one time.

To achieve this, most of our courses will include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning to help you reach your full potential.

Find out more about how we’ve adapted due to COVID-19.

Fees and applications

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Professional Photography FdA College Green Centre
Bristol
Course Code
HGF1529A01-1
Dates
14/09/2020 - 24/06/2022
Duration
2 years
Days
Mon & Tues
Hours per week
14.75
Start Time
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Location
College Green Centre
Fee
This course costs £6000 per year. You can fund your studies with a Student Loan. Visit our Financial Support page to find out more.
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Course Code Dates Duration Days Hours per week Start Time Location Fee
HGF1529A01-1 14/09/2020 - 24/06/2022 2 years Mon & Tues 14.75 Enquire College Green Centre
This course costs £6000 per year. You can fund your studies with a Student Loan. Visit our Financial Support page to find out more.
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