Key details
Award title
BA(Hons) Photography (Top-Up)
Awarding body
Falmouth University
Level
6
Duration
1 year
Mode of study
Online, part-time
Total course fee
£6,700
3 start dates a year
January, May and September
Next start date
25 January 2021
Welcome week
16 January 2021
Application deadline
11 January 2021

Introduction

Whether you wish to become a practicing photographer - or specialise in supplying a technical service such as image editing - you’ll benefit from the practical skills, knowledge and critical analysis that this course delivers. 

At the end of your studies, you’ll have an internationally-recognised undergraduate qualification.

You will also have an extensive photographic project, that will see you well on your way to making your career aspirations a reality. 

On this course you will:

  • Develop specialist practical skills within, and knowledge of, photographic and lens based technologies, materials and processes, to be able to produce inventive and progressive practical outcomes
  • Deepen your intellectual powers and understanding of philosophical, cultural and economic contexts and their relation to contemporary photographic practice and visual culture
  • Enhance analytical skills and critical self-awareness to enable you to contextualise your practice in a range of formats and to a range of audiences
  • Encourage discernment in the making and resolution of practical work, and an ability to develop and enhance a practical project over an extended period of time
  • Develop a range of transferable skills, including communication skills, entrepreneurship and independent judgment, that will enhance your employability after you’ve graduated. 

Who is this course for?

Typically, BA(Hons) Photography (Top-Up) students will have completed a 2-year foundation degree or an HND level course in related fields, and are now looking to receive an internationally recognised undergraduate honours degree from a leading Photography Department. 

You should be: 

  • Inquisitive, imaginative, resourceful and inventive
  • Committed to team working and learning from peers 
  • Committed to improving the quality of your own, and others’, experiences
  • Committed to making practical work that contributes to society, the economy and the environment.

Entry requirements

You should have:

  • 240 HE credits in a related subject for example, from the first 2 years of a degree, a completed Foundation Degree or HND. 
  • If your first language is not English, proof of proficiency in English (minimum overall score of IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening or TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) with a minimum of 80 overall and at least 19 in all 4 components).
  • All applications are considered on an individual basis, and may or may not include an interview.

 

We also accept a range of equivalent recognised English language qualifications. Candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply.

For more information regarding equivalent international qualifications and Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) please call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 or view our handy guide: 

APL guide

Course details

What you’ll learn

You will experiment with a range of practical and creative approaches, and our expert team of teaching staff will equip you with the industry skills and knowledge necessary to discover your own professional niche.  

Course structure

For the BA(Hons) Photography (Top-Up), you will need to complete two 40-credit modules and one 40-credit major project (120 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award. 

Module one

Contemporary Approaches in Practice (40 credits) 

In the first module, you will be introduced to key themes and concepts in contemporary photography.

You will be encouraged to experiment with a range of practical and creative approaches, and produce a small independent project to be assessed at the end of the module.

Module two

Professional Contexts and Development (40 credits) 

In the second module you will learn about the range of professional contexts for contemporary photography.

Alongside this, you will draw upon practical work produced during the first module, and develop an independent practical project that is both critically informed and aligned with relevant professional context(s). 

Major project

Major Project (40 credits) 

In the final module, you will either further extend the practical project you began in the previous module, or work on a single, new body of work.

By the end of the module you will have produced an extensive photographic project, ideally of a publishable standard. 

Contemporary Approaches in Practice (40 credits) 

In the first module, you will be introduced to key themes and concepts in contemporary photography.

You will be encouraged to experiment with a range of practical and creative approaches, and produce a small independent project to be assessed at the end of the module.

Professional Contexts and Development (40 credits) 

In the second module you will learn about the range of professional contexts for contemporary photography.

Alongside this, you will draw upon practical work produced during the first module, and develop an independent practical project that is both critically informed and aligned with relevant professional context(s). 

Major Project (40 credits) 

In the final module, you will either further extend the practical project you began in the previous module, or work on a single, new body of work.

By the end of the module you will have produced an extensive photographic project, ideally of a publishable standard. 

How you'll learn

With Falmouth Flexible, you access your course content, interactions with other students and tutors, and learning resources, through Canvas, an easy-to-use online platform.  

You can access the course wherever you are in the world, and you can stop, pause and rewind lectures whenever you want.  

 

Learning activities

Engaging learning activities will help you apply theory to practice. They could include: 

  • Concise online presentations to introduce key concepts 
  • Small group and class discussions and crits to facilitate interaction and dialogue 
  • Online critiques to test assumptions, ideas and to receive feedback from peers and tutors 
  • Individual and group tutorials throughout the course 
  • Independent study 
  • Self-evaluation and peer feedback 

 

Assessments

All assessments are taken and submitted online.  

The ratio of practice-to-theory is approximately 60% practical, 40% theory. 

 

Student support

Throughout your studies, you’ll be supported by a student advisor. Their job is to answer any non-academic queries you may have, and they can be contacted via email, phone, text or WhatsApp.  

They can show you around the online learning platform, guide you through enrolment, and give advice on managing your work/life balance.  

As a Falmouth student, you enjoy an equal status to students studying on campus: 

  • Your own student ID card 
  • Access to online software tutorials at lynda.com 
  • 24/7 online access to library resources 
  • Students’ Union community.

"My goal was to formalise my education and experience into a degree. I'm based in the United States with a very busy work schedule, and Falmouth Flexible provided me with the flexibility I required to accommodate work and study. I believe Falmouth to be an exceptional University and this course is the perfect solution for full-time working professionals like myself."

Kelly Harrington, BA(Hons) Photography (Top-Up) 

Combined BA and MA offer

Many applicants already know that they are likely to continue their studies to masters level where they will be able to further their passion, knowledge and skills.

For these students we can guarantee both an offer and a place on our sought after MA Photography, provided you are awarded a 2:1. You will also save £3,600 on the course fee. Please contact us for more information on +44 (0)1223 447713. 

 

Photo credit: Leah Jade Galloway

Face-to-face events

Up to twice a year, you’ll have the optional opportunity to meet your classmates and tutors in person. Dates and location of the events will vary. Events usually incorporate a weekend to accommodate busy schedules. They may coincide with the face-to-face events held for the MA Photography students. 

Previous face-to-face events have included a visit to the Arles festival in France. 

The Arles festival has been running for 50 years and is one of the most important annual fixtures of the world of contemporary photography. As well as a week of talks, screenings, openings and other events, the festival is primarily a summer-long collection of exhibitions.  

Falmouth Flexible MA Photography and BA(Hons) Top-Up students attended various exhibits at the festival, alongside Course Coordinator Jesse Alexander and Module Leader Wendy McMurdo.

The event also included social events and portfolio reviews, where students received feedback on their current works in progress. 

Find out more about face-to-face events on our student experience page.

How to apply

Before you apply 

Before you submit your application, please contact one of our course advisors so they can guide you through the process and ensure you submit the best application possible for entry into the course. 

Call us on  +44 (0)1223 447713.

Application steps 

  • Submit an online application form
  • Submit a copy of your first degree certificate or Level 6 equivalent qualification and your IELTS certificate if English is not your first language
  • Submit a digital portfolio of practice that demonstrates the quality of your photographic practice, and your creative potential. This may include published work, personal projects, or work made on a recent course.

 

Late applications may be considered if places are available. 

For free advice, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable course advisors on +44 (0)1223 447713.

Fees & funding

Fees

Total course fee for January 2021

£6,700 (including £250 acceptance fee)

 

Payment options  

  • One-off payment 
  • Three equal instalments spread over a one-year period. 

 

Payment methods  

Payments can be made online or by phone, using a credit or debit card, or by bank transfer. 

 

Please visit our fees and funding page for more information or call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 to speak to a course advisor.

 

Funding options

Loans

You may be eligible for funding from the UK Government.

 

Application offers

We also offer bursaries, early application offers, and alumni discounts.

 

Please visit our fees and funding page for more information or call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 to speak to a course advisor.

 

Total course fee for January 2021

£6,700 (including £250 acceptance fee)

 

Payment options  

  • One-off payment 
  • Three equal instalments spread over a one-year period. 

 

Payment methods  

Payments can be made online or by phone, using a credit or debit card, or by bank transfer. 

 

Please visit our fees and funding page for more information or call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 to speak to a course advisor.

 

Loans

You may be eligible for funding from the UK Government.

 

Application offers

We also offer bursaries, early application offers, and alumni discounts.

 

Please visit our fees and funding page for more information or call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 to speak to a course advisor.

 

Student work

What type of work do students produce on the course?

As part of a project for his BA(Hons) Photography (Top-Up), student Elias Tsigounis has documented the nurses and midwives working at King's College Hospital, London.

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Contact us

If you have any questions about the programme, our experienced course advisors are here to help.

You can call our friendly and knowledgeable team on +44 1223 447713. 

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