BA Honours in Photography

General

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Program Description

Course summary

This is a course in the creative and critical practice of photography. You will be encouraged to develop your own visual practise through an appreciation of the history of the medium as well as a critical understanding of it's wider social and cultural significance. You will also explore a wide range of relevant contemporary theories and debates designed both to stimulate a critically engaged practice and to better prepare you for a range of related careers. You will also gain cognitive and transferable skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.
Many of our graduates go on to work as photographers and photographic artists, but equally, they pursue a range of careers within the broader photographic and creative sectors, as designers, historians, magazine editors, museum and gallery curators, picture editors and researchers, teachers, and writers. Many also go on to postgraduate study.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study in this course. The programme below is for a three-year course. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over four years.

Year 1

You are provided with an intensive grounding in the key photographic techniques, theories and concepts, forming the basis for later learning. Subjects of study include:

  • Photography from Invention to Mass Medium
  • Photography from the Cold War to the Present
  • The Photographic Eye
  • The Constructed Photograph

Year 2

You are encouraged to push the boundaries of your own photographic practice, and experiment and explore new ways of working including video, camera-less photography and alternative processes. You will also produce project work for specific contexts such as the gallery, magazine, the photo book or the screen. Students are offered options in work placements, group exhibitions, study abroad and collaborative interdisciplinary modules. Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Concepts in Photography
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Vision & Technology
  • Photography for Wall, Page & Screen
  • Art/Science Collaboration
  • Creative Encounters
  • Exhibition
  • Photography Beyond the Frame
  • Professional Practice

Year 3

You will focus on the production of two major pieces of self-directed visual and written work. You will work independently, supported by workshops, crits, and one-on-one tutorials, to produce a 10,000-word Dissertation and a Major Project for public exhibition. Professional development continues, to support you in preparing for your careers after graduation. Subjects of study include:

  • Photography Dissertation
  • Photography Major Project
  • Professional Futures

Entry Requirements

UK

  • A-Levels - BB/CCC including Photography
  • International Baccalaureate - 28 points (minimum)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - MMM

If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 5.5 in each element.

Applicants should also have a good portfolio of practical work. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in both practice and theory, have a high standard of oral and written English, and submit a portfolio. A short essay may be set for applicants.

EU/International

  • International Baccalaureate - 28 points (minimum)

If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 5.5 in each element.

Applicants should also have a good portfolio of practical work. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in both practice and theory, have a high standard of oral and written English, and submit a portfolio. A short essay may be set for applicants.

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As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • Find work placements related to your course.
  • Find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience.
  • Find international opportunities to enhance your employability.
  • Market yourself effectively to employers.
  • Write better CVs and application forms.
  • Develop your interview and enterprise skills.
  • Plan your career with our careers consultants.
  • Meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one i ... Read More

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one in Harrow, it is home to over 20,000 students from over 150 nations. Read less