Glyndwr University

BA (Hons) Photography & Film (with Foundation Year)

Why choose this course?

Developed for students with a passion for independent photography, film and cinema, this innovative multi-genre programme combines practice, theory and professionalism. Whether you prefer to work with the still or moving image, you can creatively and conceptually explore film and photography on our inspiring, challenging and rewarding degree.

Students will:

  • Discover a range of skills, including how the lens can be used creatively as a tool for storytelling, specialist and experimental camera techniques, lighting for studio and location work, editing and post-production.
  • Be encouraged to acquire unique approaches to the photography and film disciplines.
  • Develop and research their own ideas in relation to project briefs, learning transferable skills needed to work as an imaginative professional.

    Key course features

  • Includes a foundation year to help prepare you for further years of study.
  • Students have access to an on-site cutting-edge high definition TV studio with green screen, photographic studio as well as analogue facilities with a dedicated dark room. Small group sizes allow for individual support and experimentation with ideas in a creative environment.
  • Post-production, 3D workshops, media training and computer editing facilities utilising the latest in HD technology and non-linear editing.
  • Well-equipped computer labs with PC based systems loaded with a wide selection of industry-related software.

Entry Requirements

The academic requirements for the course are 48-72 72 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications, as well as motivation and potential to succeed.

The Photography & Film programme team welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the potential to complete their chosen programme successfully. This can be established by showing appropriate academic achievements or by demonstrating that they possess the knowledge and ability equivalent to the academic qualifications.

IELTS:

6.0 (with no individual skill score below 5.5)

Career Prospects

You will gain a high level of realistic and practical experience of working in the professional creative environment whilst you are on the programme. Students are encouraged to initiate, organise and participate in off-site projects and engage in professional opportunities, including commercial activities that have the potential to launch their career in photography or film and the boundaries that straddles these two disciplines.

Many Photography and Film graduates go on pursue careers as:

  • Independent film-makers, directors, photographers in large or small companies
  • Freelancing or setting up in business
  • Independent art practice
  • Teaching in further or higher education or in primary and secondary schools
  • Gallery or other forms of exhibition work, or as education officers
  • Researchers
  • Technicians

Course Details

YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

The foundation year will introduce you to the key elements of art and design, including graphic design, animation, illustration, photography, and film, applied and fine art.  You will explore the creative thought process relating to various art and design disciplines, developing your ability to put ideas down on paper quickly.  There will be a range of practice assignments that will increase your recognition of strong ideas and original concepts.

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)

The second-year experience of the programme initially provides the opportunity to explore the broad base of both photography and film. You will examine how artists process ideas through a combination of making and critical evaluation while learning to relate your experiences to those of other photographers and filmmakers. 

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)

Entering your third year, the modules enable students to consolidate and extend their learning experience. Through more advanced techniques and processes, students are challenged to experiment with a variety of media and methods of communication. You have the opportunity to explore the areas of photography and film practice you are most interested in within lectures, seminars and workshops led by skilled practitioners working within the field. Building upon an awareness of the possibilities within these contemporary disciplines, you may then choose to specialise in one of the established areas of practice or adopt an interdisciplinary approach.

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)

The final year modules require more critical, analytical and lengthier negotiated studies, where students can determine their own career path and have the opportunity to negotiate a year plan which places them with more responsibility over what projects they undertake. This is closely monitored through regular critiques, seminars and tutorials.

YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

Visual Investigation
Materials and Methods
Creative Processes
Progression Project
The Skills You Need
Contextual Studies

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)

History and Context
Creative Futures 1
Visual Communication
Creative Lens-Based Media
Contemporary Themes
Time and Language

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)

Critical Thinking
Creative Futures 2
Post Production Techniques
Visual Communications Across Cultures
Specialist Study (Photography & Film)

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)

Dissertation
Creative Futures 3
Negotiated Practice
Photography and Film Degree Project

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