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Photography with Foundation BA (Hons)

University of Plymouth

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

BA (Hons) Photography with Foundation is a four-year programme of study that provides an additional foundation year, enabling you to develop the required practical, technical, academic and creative skills for your undergraduate degree. This programme offers access to study for those students who may not have the standard entry profile for Year 1 study. Equally, for those returning to study who have relevant experience but not the required academic profile. It is also suitable for learners whose subject choice does not include the necessary background, but who are otherwise academically capable. Your foundation year will:- Welcome you to an engaging learning environment with a focus on active exploration, experimentation and discovery across a wide range of material and media. - Help develop your practical, technical and creative skills through studio and workshop based projects.- Provide training in key learning skills for further undergraduate study and build an awareness of practice, context and theory.- Introduce you to a community of experienced academics, practitioners and technical staff that will support you on your studies.- Give you access to a wide range of specialist workshops, laboratories and facilities across the campus and become part of our vibrant student community through the various opportunities available within the School of Art, Design and Architecture.- Enable you to explore and develop your personal interests and strengths as a creative practitioner.When you join the programme, you will learn to develop your passion. You will make, use, and analyse images, engaging directly with the world around you while exploring the medium’s endless potential.- Experiment: a key feature of our course is the space to experiment. During the three years there is a great deal of focus on the way you develop your photography, both in practice, and in ideas.- Document: a growing aspect of the course, in response to contemporary practice, is the importance of the photographic document. This includes opportunities to develop as a contemporary documentary practitioner.- Collaborate: a valuable skill for any creative practitioner, collaboration is sewn throughout our course including short studio projects, group presentations, and a collaborative practice module.- Think differently: an important aspect of our course is the development of you as a critically aware contemporary photographer. This means that you can move between ways of working that span the commercial and artistic worlds.- Explore: broaden your understanding of photographic practice in other cultures - our international opportunities include a residential field trip to Europe in Year 1 and opportunities for studying abroad in countries like Germany, Romania, Sweden, Cyprus, Slovenia, France, Slovakia, Norway, New Zealand and the USA in Year 2.- Facilities: achieve your creative goals with our excellent facilities, including a custom-built analogue and digital resource and an extensive Artist Book Collection. Be free to work when inspiration takes you with our facilities open from 8am to midnight, all week, and throughout the holidays.- Visitors: deepen your understanding of the subject with our visiting speaker series, featuring well-known practitioners and former students discussing their work and careers. Past speakers have included; Brett Rogers, Director of the Photographers Gallery; documentary photographer Ed Clark; image makers Anna Fox, Simon Roberts, Charlotte Dumas, Ori Gersht, Martin Parr and more. We also work with Specialist Professional Practice visitors who create clear links between the creative practice of the course and professional outlets in the future.- Unistats: 95% of students agreed staff were good at explaining things; 80% of students agree

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 14,200per year

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

University information

University of Plymouth

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  • Campus address

    Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, England

The university has a thriving international community, with over 2,500 students from more than 100 countries, and 80 partnerships in over 30 countries.
A dedicated international student advice team provides specialist support to international students, helping them settle into UK life.
The university is renowned for world-leading research, especially in the fields of marine and maritime, health technologies and sustainability.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    60th out of 102

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    131 69%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    48 48%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.94 79%



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