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Creative and Editorial Photography Foundation Degree

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This course has been designed by Professional Photographers to meet the needs of the industry. It will provide you with the fundamental knowledge of photography and moving image practice and has a strong industry focus and introduces you to many high profile industry professionals through our quality visiting speaker programme. Some previous visitors include photographers Edgar Martins, Peter Dench, Toby Smith, James O’Jenkins, Lottie Davies and agency owners Laura Pritchard and Marco Santucci.

Duration: 2 years

Contact Time (per week): 3 days

Validated By: Universtiy of Bedfordshire

UCAS Course Code: 046W

Course Code: FNCEPAP

Please register your interest for September 2020 starts. Applications for 2019 are unfortunately not being accepted.


What Does The Programme Include

You will undertake practical workshops, one-to-one tutorials, seminars, lectures and research strategies to support your development as an independent Photographer.

An essential feature of your course will be your involvement in practical learning activities, building confidence when working with visual problems and ideas relevant to graphic design whilst taking professional and work-related practices in to consideration.

Entry Requirements

• 48 UCAS points typically from A Levels or a Level 3 Diploma in an Art-based subject, although students from other subject specialisms are encouraged to apply • A portfolio of work • Mature students who may not have formal qualifications are encouraged to apply for an interview where you will be considered on your experience, enthusiasm and commitment

How The Course Will Be Assessed

A range of assessments will enable you to grow in confidence. The assessment methods will include — coursework, a portfolio of photography, research portfolios, notebooks, essays and presentations.

Fees, Finance & Funding

£6,125 per year. Materials and printing: £250. Trips and visits: £150. Optional residential: £500 — £1,000 depending upon destination

Potential Future Career

Successful completion of this course will provide you with the qualifications required to top-up’ to a full Bachelor’s Degree at a university of your choice in just one year. Acceptance on to these courses is at the discretion of the institution offering the top-up.

You could also progress in to the photography industry locally, nationally or worldwide, in roles such as a Professional Photographer, Photography Assistant, Picture Librarian, Magazine Picture Editor, or Technician.

Course Content

Year 1

  • Photography: Studio Practice Key Skills and Concepts (Core)
  • Studio Practice Design and Visual Communication (Core)
  • Key Ideas in Art and Design –Modernism (Core)

Year 2

  • Foundation Degree Project Planning Development and Work-based Learning (Core)
  • Foundation Degree Art and Design Project (Core)
  • Key Ideas in Art and Design –Globalisation (Core)

Work-based Learning

Visits from guest speakers from the industry will develop your knowledge of different career opportunities and gain an insight in to professional working practice, while developing real-life skills in team working, goal setting and communication, as well as exhibiting your own projects.

You will engage in industry work experience, which can take various forms, for example, work placements, freelance work, exhibitions and entrepreneurialism.


You will have access to a range of digital and analogue photographic equipment including medium format, digital back and wet’ dark room for traditional black and white photography, and benefit from a large studio space equipped with Macs running the latest Adobe Suite software, print room including screen print table, large format printers and a photo studio. You will also have access to an Academic Support Tutor to assist you with your studies and Careers Advisors to help you with your future employment.


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Within four months of graduating from my course I was offered Junior Photographer at one of the biggest Photographer companies — Kurt Geiger!

Lydia Pinfold



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