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Photography in the Arts (Swansea College of Art) BA (Hons)

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Dynevor, Swansea

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

The Photography in the Arts degree course at Swansea College of Art UWTSD is all about exploration, self-discovery and innovation.

We’ll encourage you to experiment and challenge convention, to pursue your personal interests and develop a unique vision to take you forward into a successful career in the creative industries.

Our graduates go on to work in all areas of the visual arts and along with our excellent rota of visiting artists. We often ask them to come back and talk to you about their experiences.

Course Overview

Based in the Dynevor Centre for Art, Design & Media in Swansea‘s city centre, our Photography in the Arts programme provides an exciting platform from which to explore the unique and critical position that the still and moving photographic image finds itself within contemporary culture at this exciting time.

The course encourages you to explore and challenge the conventions of contemporary photographic art practice.

Underpinned by historical and critical research, you will be encouraged to undertake an extensive, risk-taking enquiry into the possibilities of photography, with individual creativity and personal ambition at the core of the course’s philosophy.

The programme is predominantly self-directed and allows for a flexible approach to image-making in relation to both subject-matter and technique.

This flexible approach reflects the evolving nature of photographic art practice, with photographers increasingly pushing the potential of the medium in unexpected and innovative directions.

You will be encouraged to explore ideas and develop skills applicable to contexts such as contemporary art, publishing, advertising, fashion, interiors, architecture and travel. To this end, the course enables you to position and critically articulate your work in relation to your audience and a wider cultural context.

5 reasons to study this course

  1. Exceptional student/staff ratio and interaction
  2. Excellent visiting lecturer programme of artists, curators and picture editors
  3. State-of-the-art facilities
  4. Direct personal input from industry professionals, including the curator of Photographer’s Gallery, London
  5. Opportunities to undertake internships work with local galleries, museums and community organisations.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 13,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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UCAS Points : 120

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications and portfolio of work.


University information

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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  • Campus address

    University of Wales Trinity Saint David, College Road, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 3EP, Wales

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    54th out of 102 21

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    147 77%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    62 62%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%



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