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Photography in the Arts (BA)

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Program description

Photography in the Arts (BA)

Based in the Dynevor Centre for Art, Design & Media in Swansea‘s city centre, our Photography in the Arts program provides an exciting platform from which to explore the unique and critical position that the still and moving photographic image finds itself within contemporary culture at this exciting time.

The course encourages you to explore and challenge the conventions of contemporary photographic art practice.

Underpinned by historical and critical research, you will be encouraged to undertake an extensive, risk-taking enquiry into the possibilities of photography, with individual creativity and personal ambition at the core of the course’s philosophy.

The program is predominantly self-directed and allows for a flexible approach to image-making in relation to both subject-matter and technique.

This flexible approach reflects the evolving nature of photographic art practice, with photographers increasingly pushing the potential of the medium in unexpected and innovative directions.

You will be encouraged to explore ideas and develop skills applicable to contexts such as contemporary art, publishing, advertising, fashion, interiors, architecture and travel. To this end, the course enables you to position and critically articulate your work in relation to your audience and a wider cultural context.

Admission requirements

Our standard offer for a degree course is 120 UCAS tariff points. We expect applicants to have a grade C or above in English Language (or Welsh) at GCSE level, together with passes in another four subjects. Plus we accept a range of Level 3 qualifications including:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus one GCE A-Level in a relevant academic subject
  • Three GCE A-Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject, with minimum grades of Merit
  • International Baccalaureate score of 32
  • Other relevant qualifications can be considered on an individual basis

Qualifications are important, however, our offers are not solely based on academic results.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1/ Level 4 Modules

  • Photography Production
  • Photographic Art Practice
  • Visual Studies 1
  • Ways of Thinking
  • Fugitive Testimonies
  • Individual Practice
  • Visual Studies 2
  • Ways of Perceiving

Year 2/Level 5 Modules

  • Experimental Strategies
  • Collaborative Photographic Practice
  • Visual Enquiry 1
  • Creative Research
  • Personal Philosophies
  • Professional Photographic Practice
  • Visual Enquiry 2
  • Research Practices

Year 3/Level 6 Modules

  • Major Project and External Liaison
  • Dissertation
  • Marketing & Self Promotion
  • Advanced Creative Enquiry (Fine Art and Photography)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2021/2022: £13,500

Career opportunities

Our graduates go on to work in all areas of the visual arts and along with our excellent rota of visiting artists. We often ask them to come back and talk to you about their experiences.

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

UWTSD is the oldest University in Wales and was founded in 1822. It has campuses in rural and city locations in the UK. The University’s main campuses are situated in various locations in and around Swansea’s city centre as well...

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

College Road Carmarthen
SA31 3EP Carmarthen Carmarthenshire
United Kingdom

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