In common with all courses at University of the Arts, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Photography qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.
Introduction to Photography (20 credits)
Image and Reality (20 credits)
A Photographic Manifesto (40 credits)
Histories in Context (20 credits)
Ideas in Context (20 credits)
During the first year, through a series of specially designed theory and practice workshops, you will learn about historical and contemporary photography practices, and the key theoretical frameworks used to situate them. You’ll be introduced to specialist photographic skills and creative methodologies in a supportive environment, to develop your curiosity and creativity.
As part of this programme, you will attend an Adobe accredited Photoshop course.
You’ll be supported through tutorials to develop and research your own photographic ideas in relation to project briefs and experiment with the technical skills to develop your personal position as a photographer.
In the Introduction to Photography unit, you’ll be introduced to the exciting world of photography and its professional possibilities through lectures, seminars, exercises, and interviews.
Each week there will be a lecture from a visiting professional photographer where you will learn about the many career opportunities open to those with a photographic education and meet fellow photography students from BA to MA levels of study.
Visualising Ideologies (20 credits)
The Symposium (40 credits)
Elective Unit (20 credits)
Image, Society, Resistance (20 credits)
Cultural Machines: Meaning, Identity, Value (20 Credits)
As you move into Year 2 you will expand on these skills and start to develop your voice within your practice. Year 2 builds on the foundations established in Year 1, introducing themes of practice, contextual studies, and professional development.
Students work through considerations of the medium, usage, and institutional setting, to focus on two the key themes of contemporary photography: society and culture.
It is in Year 2 through the Elective unit that you’ll have the opportunity to work collaboratively on a live brief. These briefs mirror the professional world whilst remaining in the safe environment of London College of Communication.
You will be fully supported by the staff team during this process. Depending on which Elective you choose, you will either be working on creating advertising material for a charity of your choice, or designing photographic based workshops for specific groups based in London.
The skill-set gained in these sessions are invaluable when looking for career opportunities.
Towards the end of the year, the emphasis in contextual studies is shifted towards preparation for your selection of a dissertation topic and approach and the initiation of research.
Exit Dossier (20 credits)
Major Project (60 credits)
Dissertation (40 credits)
Year 3, the final stage, consolidates and develops your ability to direct and plan your own work by producing three substantial self-selected pieces of work – your Major Photographic Practice Project, Exit Dossier and Dissertation.
The dissertation is a researched extended essay on a topic of your choice which is relevant to photography.
The topic is generally chosen to complement your Major Project and gives you with the opportunity to develop a larger set of questions and ideas using skills, knowledge, and understanding acquired over the contextual studies units of the course.
Through the dissertation, you develop the ability to produce a thoroughly researched and appropriately presented piece of extended written work.
The Exit Dossier is your preparation for life after London College of Communication and includes an interview with a professional in your field of interest.
All three units are designed to enable you to sustain your practice and find exciting career opportunities.
All units are developed in consultation with a personal tutor and the support of the technical team and wider opportunities within University of the Arts London and according to a negotiated programme.