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BA (Hons) Photography

Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Art and Design

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

More than ever in human history we are surrounded with images that sell us products, promote ourselves and make critical commentary. On this course you will consider the implications and your position within this world. You will expand your practical expertise creativity working through a wide range of processes/practices connecting your digital present with our analogue past, supported by a wide range of professional and contextual studies. 

You will be studying in East London, on a new docklands site with easy access to London’s culture of photographers, galleries and photography labs, as well as the history of the old East End. You will be collaborating not only with an energetic and diverse staff and student body at UEL but with organisations such as the National Portraiture Gallery, Iniva, Canon, Train to Create and Tirade Magazine (the latter two both set up by our very own photography graduates). 
The programme is affiliated to the Association of Photographers, the leading organisation representing professionals in the industry. 

At the end of the three years, you’ll leave armed with the confidence and creative skills to make your mark in the broadening world of photography that is both local and global. You will be following in the steps of graduates who have been successful in establishing careers and studios, international magazine and collaborative partnerships as well as progressing to postgraduate studies.

We regularly host exhibitions and talks, to find out more about these and our school please visit our ADI school page.

UCAS points

96

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

W641

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Contact us

If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk.

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Industry experts

You’ll have the chance to learn from a team of international practitioners, leading London photographers and the networks of ‘cool’ East London

Practical experience

You’ll learn a wide range of creative processes and practices from working with medium/large format cameras to interactive digital and moving image projects, enabling you to grow your practice and expand digital potential. 

Career prospects

You will be supported in developing a photography career, following in the footsteps graduates who have established successful studio and photography careers in a broad range of genres.

Watch Dragos' (Association of Photographers (AOP) finalist) video to hear his experience of being a Photography student at UEL.

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,382.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2018. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarsip - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2018. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarsip - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Entry requirements

96

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work (Please see below for details).

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY
Foundation in Art and Design grade Pass and 1 subject at A2 Level
Your portfolio should contain between ten and fifteen printed images that demonstrate your interest in photography, using digital and/or traditional analogue techniques. It should be between ten and fifteen sheets in length.
Our recommended size for photography portfolios is A3.  We are interested in all types of photographic practice, including commercial work, art photography, portraits, fashion, sport, documentary, etc. Your portfolio can also include evidence of any art and design projects that
you have undertaken. This can include drawings, print-making or work in any other media that you are interested in. We would also like to see your
sketchbooks / journals to see how you develop your ideas. At interview you should be prepared to discuss your work, ideas and ambitons. You should also be able to discuss the photographers who influence you.

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

Whilst studying for a BA (Hons) Photography we will guide you to develop your own independent, creative visual language.

You will study both practical, professional practice and contextual studies modules preparing you to position your work within a continuously changing global photographic/art world.

Throughout the three years of study here, you will build your confidence as a photographer understanding possible roles within the broader creative industries.

In your first year of study you will be developing your skills in photography learning new techniques both in studio and on location, the digital photography suite and analogue film processes in the darkroom. You will also be learning the relevance of the history of photography to contemporary practice in contextual studies.

In the second year you will be producing work for publication, understanding the relationship between image and text, film, sound and interactive media. Professional practice exercises support your development and confidence in your own photographic journey, while preparing you for your final year projects. Contextual Studies will look at contemporary photography.

The final year of your studies will allow you to apply the skills learned into independent projects supported by your tutors and peers. You will have an option to either select an academic dissertation module or our ‘Global Issues’ programme and the professional practice module will prepare you to for the next step.

Meanwhile, you are encouraged to enter photography competitions and submit your work to magazines and publications. Previously our students have gained success in competitions and published work including AOP student awards, British Journal of Photography and Canon’s national portraiture contest for students.

There are regularl opportunities for study trips abroad. In the past we have visited Berlin, Paris Photo and Helsinki’s Aalto University Photography department and collaborated with the students from ISFCI in Rome.  Our students have received awards for travelling to conduct independent photography projects across the world funded by the University Going Global initiative. 


What you'll study and when

Art & Design Studio (core)
Art & Design Workshop (core)
Contextual Studies (core)
Photographic Investigations

Photography Processes

Creative Futures

Contextual Studies: History of Photography
Expanded Photographic Investigations

Advanced Photographic Processes

Creative Industries

Contextual Studies: Contemporary Photography

Photography: Independent Major Project

Communities, Collaboration and Creative Careers

Contextual Studies: Global Photography

Dissertation

How you'll be assessed

You'll be required to present work for assessment in the form of exhibition, portfolio presentation, oral presentation or in the form of an evaluative learning journal, report or essay.

The course includes 30-credit and 45-credit modules which are assessed at the end of each year. The marks from the second and third years are used to formulate your final degree award.

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

You’ll be given the opportunity to have personal and supportive tuition from an international team of professionals renowned in different areas of photography. Their expertise will guide you through your course.

Many well known external creatives regularly visit the photography department delivering talks and workshops. Recently these have included Martin Parr, Lydia Goldblatt, Laura Pannack, Tim Flach and Tom Hunter and Mike Trow (picture editor at British Vogue). We also work closely with our graduates to share their experience and knowledge with you, and great opportunities to visit and learn from our extensive industry contacts.

We are based in Becton, close to the Olympic Park in East London with easy access to all areas of London. You will be part of East London creative hub where many galleries, photography studios & exhibitions are on offer. You will be introduced to East London printing and processing labs and have access to top framers and photographic supplies. We encourage you to build connections with East London not only creative but also with the wider public in mind.

We present outstanding facilities that include spacious darkroom, studios including green screen, film and TV facilities. We have a large equipment store where you can book out free cameras, lighting kits, sound recorders and specialist equipment.  Our well-resourced library overlooks the City Airport and is open 24/7 term time. You will work with a team of technical support and well known practitioners and who will work closely with you throughout the three years of your degree. The University support includes a writing centre and learning assistance. 


Your future career

Our course shapes and nurtures top-quality photographers. Don’t just take our word for it, though. When photography icon and East End boy David Bailey collected his honorary doctorate from UEL in 2014, he and National Portrait Gallery director Sandy Nairne praised the exceptional standard of our students’ work.

It is little wonder that so many of our graduates have gone on to carve out successful careers in various areas of the business.

Recent success stories include a graduate who worked on movie location in New Zealand photo-graphing The Hobbit. Another did a similar job at Shepperton Studios for the latest Star Wars film.

Meanwhile, Ken Kamara, who worked with Rankin during his course, has been assisting several top photographers on major ad campaigns.

Some of our alumni have set up their own studios to take family and social portraits. Another group set up the innovative new fashion magazine, Tirade.

Every year, our students’ work is featured at the influential Free Range Art and Design show in Brick Lane and some graduates have been snapped up by impressed employers who attend.

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London. 

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