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BA (Hons) Photography

Best international practices introduced to Russian photography market
Course length
Full-time — 3 years, Part-Time – 6 years
Tuition fees
GBP 6900 / year

About the course 

The BA (Hons) Photography Programme is designed for students who wish to work towards a career in photography or related creative industries. Students will explore and evolve their own photographic vision through practice and a structured and negotiable programme of workshops, seminars, lectures and work experience opportunities. Critical enquiry, experimentation and risk-taking are encouraged within an informed and broad-based cultural context, which includes photographic histories, theories and contemporary practices.

BA (Hons) Photography program is validated by University of Hertfordshire.

Course outline

The programme prepares students for employment in a range of photographic professions exploring the established photographic genres, encompassing commercial client-led practices or personally defined fine art practice, as well as related fields of employment such as production, picture editing, curating and gallery management.

Graduates will become competent practitioners in photographic processes including both analogue and digital technologies; be conversant with the history of photography and critically aware, being able to evaluate, discuss and analyze the photographic image and the cultural contexts in which it operates. They will have knowledge and understanding of the contemporary world and the key issues and debates, such as internationalization and globalization, the debates concerning the veracity of both image and message, emerging technologies and digital media consumption that are shaping the future of the profession.

Students are encouraged to be ambitious and self-motivated, to understand the importance of collaboration and networking opportunities and to have a flexible approach to problem solving.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the programme, students will typically:  

have a Knowledge and Understanding of: 

- key production processes and professional practices, including emergent technologies, of photography;

- a representative selection of key works of photography, the historical development of particular genres, aesthetic traditions and forms within the photographic archive, including contemporary works at the forefront of the discipline; 

- the development and operation of the photography and related media industries, their professional requirements and constraints, global scope, regulatory frameworks, business practices, audiences and patterns of consumption

Intellectual Skills
- be able to: 

- evaluate critically current debates about modes of representation and narrative processes at work in media and cultural texts; 

- critically analyse, situate and evaluate the products of the photography and media industries in historical, global and professional contexts; 
- consider and evaluate their own work in a reflexive manner, with reference to professional practices, conventions and current debates.
Practical Skills - be able to:

-  initiate, develop and realise sustained creative work in the fields of photographic production;

- produce work showing competence in operational aspects of photography production, its technologies, systems, techniques and professional practices; 

- demonstrate the effective creation and manipulation of imagery in photographic production which is informed by an understanding of media forms and structures, audiences and specific communication registers.
Transferable Skills – be able to:

- utilise a range of research and critical evaluation skills, frame appropriate questions, formulate arguments cogently and draw independent conclusions;

- present and communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences in written and spoken English and visual forms;

- competently retrieve information from a range of sources and use digital and other technologies to present texts and images;

- contribute as part of a team, in a variety of roles and negotiate and pursue goals with others;

- work independently, manage time, personnel and resources effectively, by drawing on planning and organisational skills;

- reflect on personal strengths and identify learning goals for continuing development;

- effectively deploy a range of personal and entrepreneurial skills to meet their career aspirations.

Year 1

Year 1

Following an induction week, you will learn the core areas of analogue and digital photography and digital image processes. This includes sessions on lighting, shooting in the studio and on location, digital work flow and how to retouch and manipulate images, technical theory and use of the darkroom. This is accompanied by group projects and presentations of studio/ location work. The study of the history and theories of photography gives you a foundation to your photography practice both in class sessions and through written work. You complete the first year with an emerging independent photography practice which relates to contemporary professional photography.

Core modules

  • Photography Practices 30 credits 
  • Digital Environment 30 credits 
  • Photography: Histories and Cultures (C&CS) 30 credits 
  • Experimental Projects  30 credits 

Year 2

Year 2

During year two, you begin to define who you are as a photography practitioner, and to identify your professional goals. You respond to assignments and negotiated projects by considering professional concerns such as markets, audiences, clients and users of the photography industry. Advanced photography and digital imaging skills are taught through lectures, demonstrations, workshop sessions and studio practice. This stage also introduces and develops your professional awareness and provides an opportunity to experience a ‘live’ working environment through regular contact with influential professional photographers. There is scope for work experience and study abroad in Europe or further afield.

Core modules

  • Professional Development  30 credits 
  • Photography Assignments  30 credits 
  • Photography: Application and Cultures (C&CS)  30 credits 
  • Negotiated Photography Projects 30 credits 

Year 3

Year 3

In the final year you develop a professional portfolio of photography with which to launch your career. The portfolio will show your professional versatility by including client led work alongside a self directed work which demonstrates personal vision, media expertise and high professional standards. You also write a dissertation or a report which identifies an area of contemporary professional practice relevant to your work. A key part of your final year study is learning how to operate as a freelancer, interact with clients and approach potential employers. This culminates in the presentation of your portfolio in the degree exhibition which is open to invited media industry employers and the public.

Core modules

  • Professional Portfolio 30 credits 
  • Photography L6 Degree Essay / Report 30 credits 
  • Enterprise and Employability in the Photographic Industries 15 credits 
  • Concepts and Planning 15 credits 
  • Degree Major Project  30 credits 

Admissions for the 2019-2020 academic year will be open in spring 2019

To enrol on the course, applicants have to present a portfolio of their work and evidence of their English language competence. A grade 6.0 or higher on the IELTS scale is acceptable and the CAE and FCE qualifications are considered. If the applicant cannot produce a certificate, their English is tested together with prospective students who are applying for the Foundation Art & Design Course. However, the applicant must provide the IELTS certificate later on, by particular deadline. 

Enrollment is based on the results of a portfolio assessment and an interview with one of the tutors. The applicant's knowledge and skills reflected in their work should be comparable to the knowledge and skills students acquire at Foundation level. Interviews and portfolio assessments are usually scheduled in the 3 days followed by the language test.

Transfer to Year 2 will be possible only if a student attended a higher education institution which uses a credit-based system. For these purposes, the number of previously received credits is compared with the number of credits which is necessary for transfer to the relevant stage of a British undergraduate course.

Period of study

Full-time — 3 years

Tuition fees

Full-time: GBP 6,650 / year *

Students as a rule pay their tuition fees once a semester, that is, twice a year, but at their request can choose to pay on a monthly basis.

You will be expected to meet additional costs which may arise as a result of materials, art supplies and consumables you may need for your projects, as well as printing and copying services and other types of services and consumables. Their list and the amount of costs depends upon the requirements of your course and the nature of your projects. Additionally during your time at BHSAD you may be recommended to visit museums, art galleries and other venues as part of your learning and there may be a cost for such visits which you should also budget for.

Below is the list of materials and supplies which BHSAD students use most frequently and which are likely to be among those you may need:

A3 or A4 hardback sketchbook, A2 or A3 portfolio case with ringbound plastic sleeves, HB pencils and rubber, UHU glue, Pritt stick, PVA glue, small lined notepads, spray mount, masking tape, sellotape, double sided tape, invisible scotch tape, scalpel with replaceable blades, basic set of acrylic paints, coloured pencils, basic set of drawing pencils, highlighter, assorted brushes, writing pen, fine line drawing pens, small plastic ruler etc.

Please note that this list is indicative and given for your reference only. Full list will depend upon your project and the range of materials and techniques which you may wish to adopt.

* This proposal does not constitute an offer, the prices are subject to change. Cost of services and conditions of their provision will be specified in the contract.

Required documents

- Online application form
- Copy of previous education certificates and academic qualifications. The following documents can be submitted: high school diploma, college degree diploma, higher education or BA diploma
- 2 photos 3х4 cm
- Copy of your passport
- Personal statement

Entry examinations
Applicants who apply for Year 1 of British higher education courses, need to sit the following:

- English exam
- Portfolio assessment
- Entry interview

During the admission exams, the admissions staff will arrange a convenient date and time for demonstration of portfolio and interview, after that, the matriculant will be allowed to pass the English test.

English test is not required for students from English-speaking countries or if an IELTS or equivalent certificate is produced.

For international students we can organise skype entry interviews. In such cases the portfolio can be sent via email. 

Required level of English
IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent certificate). Along with the IELTS results, the following certificates are also accepted:

- CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) grade C or above;
- FCE (First Certificate in English) grade A.

If a prospective student does not have an IELTS certificate of the required level but successfully passed BHSAD English test as part of BHSAD entrance exams, he/she needs to obtain an IELTS certificate before the start of the first semester on Year 1.
required Portfolio
The range of work in your portfolio should cover a broad spectrum of media, materials and approaches. Projects may be submitted in different disciplines including but not limited to graphics, drawing, painting, textile, photography, decorative art, design, web-design, animation. First of all, the admission committee would like to see how you can generate and develop your ideas; that is why, besides finished projects, the portfolio should also include notebooks with sketches, sketchbooks, written works (articles, essays, if any). Please try to present examples of the best and most recent projects which reflect your creative abilities.

Your portfolio needs to be printed (А3 format or larger). Animation and CG works should be presented on CDs or memory sticks. It advisable to show photographs of large works which otherwise would be difficult to transport.

Interview Procedure

Prospective students will be asked questions regarding their education and professional background in order to make a final decision about admission on to the course.

Please be ready to tell the interview panel about yourself, your design experience and projects in your portfolio. You may be asked about the history of creation of a particular work and the context of its creation. The panel may ask you about well-known designers to learn about the influence of creative activities of other designers and artists on you, the reason why you follow them and the main incentive for your development in terms of your occupation.
Application deadline
1 round (24.05.2019 - 31.05.2019)
2 round (24.06.2019 - 30.06.2019)
3 round (15.07.2019 - 21.07.2019)
4 round (12.08.2019 - 18.08.2019)

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