Photography BA (Hons) Top Up

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Award: BA (Hons) in Photographic Media
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: W641
Code: IA3530A14
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Start Dates: september 2018
Term Dates: View term dates

This BA (Hons) Photography (Top Up) course is for those students who want to top up their foundation degree (FdA Photography) to Honours level.

During the course you will continue to develop a professional portfolio of photography work through a series of creative and challenging assignments.

In the Honours year you will focus on developing an individual programme of study that builds on the technical and creative skills acquired on the Foundation Degree and encourages you to provide creative responses. Theoretical study and critical analysis support practical work.

What will I study?

You will complete 4 modules in order to complete the programme. The modules enable you to specialise in a particular area of photographic interest to suit your career aspirations in consultation with the module and programme leader.

You will be taught by a mixture of lectures, workshops, demonstrations and simulations but at this Honours level will undertake a large amount of self-study including online, distance and e-learning, field, industry and research visits as well as the opportunity to undertake live industry-briefs and enter competitions which aim to increase your exposure to the demanding photography environment.

Modules include:

  • Specialist Project
  • Forums and Functionality
  • Dissertation
  • Final Major Project and Exhibition


Entry Requirements

Students who wish to undertake the Top Up programme will be required to have successfully completed the Foundation Degree in Photography – validated by Lancaster University. Students must achieve a pass or above in the Foundation Degree in order to join this Top Up degree.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a range of techniques during this programme. These include: your dissertation, presentations, portfolio productions, producing final solutions to photography briefs, as well is your final, end of year exhibitions.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Our graduates have gone on to work in extremely diverse roles. Some have gained employment in photographic studios including image management or production roles. Many graduates are now self employed as freelance photographers.


Supplementary Information

Download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) Photography (Top Up). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

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