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BA (Hons) Photography with Foundation year

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Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Art and Design

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

This extended course is perfect if you want a degree in Photography but you don’t meet the standard entry requirements. 

First we prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

You could be focusing on the catwalk at a top London fashion show. Or on a commercial shoot for a major magazine advertisement campaign. Or joining one of the world’s best photographers on a job. The course is a practical one, designed to excite and challenge at the same time as it teaches you. 

Affiliated to the Association of Photographers, the leading organisation representing professionals in the industry, our course will arm you with the skills to make a living from photography.

It's no coincidence that our graduates have so often gone on to successful careers, establishing highly successful studios or being assistants to the best in the industry.

It’s because they’ve been instructed by renowned photographers in the full range of the subject, from commercial photography, fashion and portraiture to still life, landscape, moving image and fine art.

UCAS points

64

Course options

Degree with Foundation Year

UCAS code

W642

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact 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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Karolina Chojnacka

BA (Hons) Communication and Cultural Studies

During my Foundation year, I learned study skills, step by step, in an engaging way, so when I started the full course, I was better able to focus on the theoretical content, rather than worrying about how to write essays. It was also a great chance to learn with students from different courses and backgrounds.

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 £12,729.

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 are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list 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.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are 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
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

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 are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list 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.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are 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
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

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 make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* 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 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
£12,100
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

64

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least 1 subject
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.

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.

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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

Your portfolio should contain between three and five projects that you have undertaken in the areas of drawing, print, graphic art or illustration. It should be between ten and fifteen sheets in length and should not exceed A1 in size.

The portfolio should show evidence of observational drawing, the development of an idea through to a completed illustration, and techniques and processes that you have worked with. We are particularly interested in seeing your sketchbooks / journals to see how you develop your ideas.

At interview you should be prepared to discuss your work, ideas and ambitions. You should also be able to discuss graphic artists, illustrators or animators who influence you.

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 the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. 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.

What you'll learn

We’ll teach you how to make the best images both in the studio and on location as you also delve into the history of your subject and research photographic practice.

In the first of your three years here you’ll build confidence in your photographic techniques and equipment, learning subjects such as light balance, lens use and darkroom skills.

Your second year concentrates more on the different genres of photography and their place in today’s world. Then, you’ll be ready for your major final-year project, building the specialist portfolio of your work which could be the passport to a career in photography.

In between, you could enter a photography competition. In 2014, our students finished first, second and third in Canon’s national portraiture contest for students.

Study trips abroad are arranged, too, such as visits to Helsinki’s Aalto University and to Paris Photo, the annual international art fair of photography in the French capital.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

Art & Design Studio (core)
Art & Design Workshop (core)
Contextual Studies (core)
Professional Life 1 (Mental Wealth)
Practice 1
Contextual Studies 1
Research into Practice 1
Experimentation and Application 1A
Experimentation and Application 1B
Professional Life 2 (Mental Wealth)
Practice 2
Contextual Studies 2
Research into Practice 2
Advanced Experimentation and Applications
Advanced Practice
Professional Life 3 (Mental Wealth)
Practice 3
Independent Major Project Part A
Independent Major Project Part B
Research into Practice 3 – Global Photography
Research into Practice 3 –Extended Research Project

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 learn with the best and from the best. Our teaching staff are led by Ralph Hall, a towering figure in the world of commercial photography. He’s done everything from taking stills for Oscar-nominated films to working on projects alongside Sir Paul McCartney and winning D&AD awards – the Oscars of the advertising world - for his commercial shoots.

Ralph’s colleagues are experts in varied areas too, from fine art to magazine photography. Their expertise and support will guide you through your course.

Our extensive industry contacts open doors, too. As well as collaborating on projects with your fel-low students on other courses such as graphic design and fashion, you’ll have the chance to work with partners outside the University. In the past, they’ve included Canon, the BBC and the Institute of International Visual Arts.

In 2014, some students worked on a project for John Lewis while, twice a year, Canon invite some of our students to shoot the catwalk at London Fashion Weekend alongside some of the best photographers in the business.

Three students recently had the privilege of helping Tim Flach, one of the world’s finest photographers of animals.

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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