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Foundation Degree in Photography

Coleg y Cymoedd

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  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree

  • Location

    Nantgarw Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Course Information

The Foundation Degree in Photography at Coleg Y Cymoedd, Nantgarw is a full-time, two-year course, awarded by the University of South Wales. In addition, we offer a part time route, delivered over four years, please contact us for more details. Students are encouraged to complete a final year at the Atrium, University of South Wales to achieve a full honours degree. Students who wish to study at Nantgarw will have access to the University facilities (including the library and student union) and they will be able to attend guest speaker talks, allowing an overall integrated experience.

This course will give students a wide range of creative and technical photographic skills through stimulating assignments, including digital photography, extensive studio and location work (including field trips) and traditional silver-based film photography. Regular visits are made to local museums and galleries in London to inspire students and to ensure they are examining the way in which various artists and photographers work.

What Will I Learn?

The course is designed to ensure that students gain the right skills, experience and confidence to apply for relevant jobs within the creative industries and/or to understand how to apply these skills to their own business on completion of the course.

Students will gain a sound knowledge of the history of photography and of modern developments. There is a strong emphasis on practice, with varied and interesting assignments in photojournalism, documentary photography, fashion photography, studio photography, landscape photography, commercial photography, fine art approaches and alternative photographic styles.

At the end of the course students should be able to: • Gain an understanding of photography as an art form and/or as a career pathway • Learn how to use the camera to its full potential i.e. manual settings and equipment needed for specific purposes • Understand image editing and post production techniques • Gain knowledge of photography from a historical and contemporary point of view • Develop opportunities to achieve a career in photography • Make photographic industry links whilst undertaking ‘live’ briefs and work-based learning projects

The Foundation Degree in Photography aims to provide students with a high quality teaching and learning experience that is relevant to creative industries for contemporary practice. It is important that students have a clear understanding of the history of photography and recognise how to develop subject specific knowledge appropriate to the application of Photography and the changing environment in which it operates.


Students are assessed through completion of assignment based coursework, essay writing, presentations, portfolio and practical work, reflective journal (online and physical), reports and assessed participation in group tasks, ‘live’ briefs and work place activities. Deadlines are spread throughout each year. Students will receive details of the assessment requirements during each module with a deadline for submission.

Career Progression

As a professional photographer, possibly self-employed, students may choose to specialise in an area such as fashion, advertising, editorial, documentary, industrial, scientific or even forensic photography. Roles exist in creative businesses, publishers and photographic agencies, or in the education or public sector - these may include photography curator, photographic distributor, picture researcher or photographic studio assistant.

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Entry requirements

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Students will require 48 UCAS points, this is the equivalent of 2 A Levels (at Grade D or above) or a relevant BTEC Level 3 qualification with a Merit/Pass for a Level 3 Diploma or a Pass/Pass/Pass for a Level 3 Extended Diploma or relevant industrial experience. Entry to the final top up year for the BA (Hons), delivered at University of South Wales will be on successful completion of the Foundation Degree.


University information

Coleg y Cymoedd

  • Campus address

    Coleg y Cymoedd, Twyn Road, Hengoed, Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly, CF82 7XR, Wales

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