The foundation degree in photography and video is equivalent to the first two years of a BA (Hons) degree and this photo pathway responds to the huge demand for still images in contemporary life while offering skills in new media and video technologies. This course gives you the opportunity to further develop and explore your abilities in photographic and video practice. Your skills will be developed through practical assignments that are linked to current industrial and commercial practice. You will also produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates your creativity in contemporary imaging technology. The course has a strong emphasis on developing your professional practice as a photographer. In previous years we have won various national competitions including the MTV, Fujifilm and Ilford Harman Student Photographer Awards. We’ve also had students shortlisted for The Times Young Photographer of The Year and the Association of Photography awards. The photography pathway runs alongside the video pathway for certain core units and you will have access to our industry standard photographic studios, darkrooms and equipment.
What You'll Learn
During the first year, you will cover core modules including historical and contemporary lens media practice through traditional study, negotiated projects, and work experience. Specialist modules deliver training across the broad genres of editorial, fashion, studio, and creative applications. Supporting modules explore video production, digital imaging, and professional media practice.
This year you will study:
1) Histories of Lens-Based Media
2) Personal Development
3) Professional Imaging Industries
4) Creative Applications
Photography option route:
1) Photographic Techniques 1
2) Computers in Photography
3) Introduction to Video
Building upon the skills and techniques you develop during your first year, you’ll advance onto the following modules for your final year:
1) Contemporary Contexts: Lens Media
2) Work Experience
3) Negotiated Study
You’ll also have the option to study one of these modules to specialise in:
1) Photographic Techniques 2
2) Photography in the Digital Environment
3) Advanced Video
Standard entry to this course requires a minimum of 32 UCAS points from a recognised level 3 qualification in a related subject (i.e. two A2s at grade D, extended diploma PPP, or an Access to HE). You are expected to hold GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or equivalent. We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate the ability to study this subject at university level and who can evidence relevant experience. Additionally, we require a portfolio of your work.
A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 is required for non-English speakers.
How you will be assessed
All modules contain practical assessments. Learning starts through formative tasks and culminates in graded summative assignments. There are no external assessments or examinations on this foundation degree. The module handbooks contain the assessment and unit information. All assessment is moderated before grades are released.
Photography and Video Foundation Degree (FdA)
Total Fees: £6165.00
You may spend up to £500 on photo materials and equipment in year one. Year two is similar but this depends on your final external exhibition. You will need at least one digital SLR body, compact flash/SD cards, flash unit and range of lenses (desirable).
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.
Course and Career progression
As a graduate, you will be eligible to formally progress onto the third year of the DMU BA (Hons) Photography and Video or the DMU BA (Hons) Creative Industries. You can also apply to other universities that run related top-up degrees. Universities may require you to hold GCSE English at grade 4. Previous graduates have been successful as press photographers, photographic assistants, and as freelance photographers across a broad range of fields such as portraiture, studio, and wedding photography.
What Happens Next
Applications must be made through the website using the course code W640, institution code L36. Due to the nature of this programme, you may also be invited to attend an interview or audition. Where necessary, other means of interview/audition (i.e. telephone, web-based, CD/DVD) can be arranged.
If you have not already started a UCAS application, we accept direct applications to this course as the college will process the placement through UCAS on your behalf.