This course is delivered at Wiltshire College Salisbury, a BU Partner College. All aspects of your course from teaching, accommodation and student life will be based at the above partner college. On graduation from this course you will receive a degree from Bournemouth University. Please remember to book onto an open day at Wiltshire College Salisbury to gain a full understanding of the course and location.
This course is approved by the Royal Photographic Society and is affiliated to the Association of Photography.
Based on over 50 years experience in educating photographers and film makers, this course follows the Salisbury tradition of being highly vocational and offers a well considered blend of practical assignments and academic study.
The course is a careful balance between technical mastery, personal experimentation and creative development, giving you the best possible basis for a successful career. You will work in fully equipped studios, using large and medium format cameras.
The entry requirements for this course are 112-128 tariff points from 3 A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Year 1 - Level C
Critical Media Concepts & Contexts
This unit will develop your understanding of key ideas and concepts that shape the contemporary media environment. You will learn how to carry out independent study and research as well as critically reflecting upon your own beliefs and understandings within a media context.
Photography Production 1
You will learn key skills in underlying concepts and principles associated with images, narratives and audiences in photography. You will need to show an ability to work independently to produce photographic artifacts.
Collaborative Project 1
In this unit you will work collaboratively with students on BA Film Production and Cinematography, working as a team to produce a professional body of work.
You will need to understand key roles involved in the production of professional photographic artefact´s and evaluate yours and others work reflectively.
The appropriate balance is 80% practical and 40% theoretical. A number of workshops, exercises and projects including some team work will form the basis of practical work.
Year 2 - Level I
You will be asked to focus in on one key media theory and reflect upon the implications of the theory in your practice. You will gain an understanding of the concepts, ideas and theories of your chosen area and you will be asked to create a creative task to explain your theory.
Photography Production 2
Here you will develop your critical and creative voice, you will be set certain briefs and be expected to demonstrate flair and style. You will also be asked to reflect on your work and reference appropriate debated and conventions. You will be assessed on your photographic portfolio as well as a written reflective piece.
Here you will learn key skills in media research, you will need to draw upon various research methods to carry out your own piece of independent research. This will be invaluable when you start working on your dissertation in your final year.
You will learn how plan, develop and execute a body of work to a specified professional brief. You will need to work creatively to form and develop new ideas to match your brief.You will get individual tutorials to help you critique your work and learn from the feedback provided.
In this unit you will gain an understanding of photographic commissioning and production processes, you will also gain an understanding of what business requirements are needed for different applications of photography.
You will be required to act in a professional manner, generate appropriate business paperwork and demonstrate awareness of legal conditions and requirements.
The appropriate balance for this information is 50% practical and 50% theoretical.
Year 3 - Level H
This experience will initially grow through a work placement you will undertake. You will then be expected to pitch your idea for this significant project and then develop these ideas through to their final form. Finally you will then publicly exhibit the outcome of your work to industry professionals, peers, tutors and your family and friends.
Graduate Project (Folio Production)
In this unit you will get the chance to plan, produce and author a portfolio of photography. You will therefore end up with a substantial piece of work that is uniquely your work . This will echo real life industry practice and will be a great starting block for your entry into the photography business.
A dissertation allows you to develop and demonstrate your critical, analytical and research skills by producing a major piece of academic work. It gives you the chance to really hone in on an area of expertise, throughout the unit you will also have an allocated supervisor for advice and support.
The course has an excellent track record of graduate success within all areas of the industry. This will typically lead to assisting an established photographer, staff photographer within a large organisation, or working as a freelance practitioner. The course also encourages students to look at other, associated career paths such as picture editing, publishing and working with photo libraries and agencies.
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