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About the course

The rising popularity of photography has seen a wealth of opportunity spring up for creative photographic practitioners. A degree in photography from Southampton Solent University will help position you at the cutting edge of this medium, preparing you to enter the world of work with highly developed and refined creative and technical skills.

Key to securing these opportunities is creating a rich and varied professional portfolio. Solent’s teaching team will guide you through this process, ensuring that you have the creative freedom to make a portfolio that best represents your own unique style, while at the same time demonstrating that you are a competent, adaptable and employable practitioner.

You’ll also get the opportunity to exhibit your work in our purpose built Solent Showcase gallery. Not only is this a great chance to get your work seen by the public, it also teaches valuable curation skills.

Regular lectures are often supported by a programme of industry guest speakers, which in the past have included appearances from Richard Billingham, Catherine Yass, Charlotte Cotton, Ori Gersht, Brian Dillon, Peter Fraser, Dan Holdsworth, Chrystel Lebas, Jeremy Millar, Sophy Rickett, Margaret Salmon and Tom Hunter.

These speakers, as well as the regular teaching team, focus on contemporary photographic debates and industry best practise, as well as essential business skills and entrepreneurship.

Think a career as a photographer might be for you? With first-class facilities and a unique emphasis on freelance work, Southampton Solent University’s photography programme is a great first step towards your dream career.

Study abroad Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

Southampton Solent has produced highly commended students, including a Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus Programme 2015 finalist; an Association of Photographers award winner; a LPA Award winner; and a winner of the the Photographers’ Gallery annual graduate competition, ‘Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed’.

What does this course lead to?

Professional practice is an essential part of this course. We are an affiliated centre with the Association of Photographers (AoP), and have an established educational partnership with the renowned worldwide agency Magnum Photos Ltd.

We also have links with international publications including Vogue, the Sunday Times Magazine, the Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian and the New York Times, as well as the BBC, the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Britain.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s BA (Hons) Photography programme is ideal for those who wish to continue their photography studies and prepare for a career as an editorial, fashion, promotional or fine art photographer.

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry W651
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Other costs

Compulsory darkroom equipment/materials, workbooks, study trips and printing in year one:£300.
Compulsory photographic materials (film, paper), digital printing, mounting, workbooks, study trips, memory sticks and printing in year two: £300-£500.
Compulsory photographic materials (film, paper), stationery, digital printing, mounting, framing degree show, study trips, memory sticks, printing in year three: £300-£600.
Optional international study trip each year: £250-£300. 

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.


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Key entry requirements

280 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • UK applicants are required to attend a portfolio viewing.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to send an electronic portfolio.
  • Direct entry into the second or third year may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.

Portfolio interview requirements

Before attending your interview or sending us your portfolio, please read the following: portfolio interview information.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficients in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


93%

of students feel the library resources and services are good enough for their needs.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?
Contact our Ask Solent team:

Email

ask@solent.ac.uk

Call

023 8201 3039

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year One

Core units

  • Orientation
  • Image Lab
  • Representation
  • Photographic History and Theory 1
  • Photographic History and Theory 2
  • Visual Exploration

Year Two

Core units

  • Photographic Concepts and Themes
  • Photographic Methods and Approaches
  • Image Text Analysis 1
  • Image Text Analysis 2

Options

  • Photography and the City
  • Photography and the Figure
  • Photography and the Moving Image
  • Photography and the Landscape
  • Photography and Global Cultures
  • Photography and the Domestic and Public Sphere
  • Photography and the Styled Portrait
  • Photography and the Book
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model Your Business
  • Curriculum Plus/Languages

Year Three

Core units

  • Contemporary Studio Practice
  • Final Essay
  • Final Major Project
  • Professional Practice Portfolio

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Key figures

27%

Written Exams

73%

Assessment by coursework

Meet the course team

Mandy Lee Jandrell academic profile Mandy Lee Jandrell Course Leader View profile
Stephen Brigdale academic profile Stephen Brigdale Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Robin Jones academic profile Robin Jones Senior Lecturer View profile
Guy Moreton academic profile Guy Moreton Senior Lecturer View profile
Tom Slevin academic profile Tom Slevin Senior Lecturer View profile
Nina Sverdvik academic profile Nina Sverdvik Senior Lecturer View profile
Andrew Cross academic profile Andrew Cross Associate Lecturer View profile
Simon Griggs academic profile Simon Griggs Technical Instructor View profile
Rosy Maguire academic profile Rosy Maguire Technical Instructor View profile
Peter O'Keefe academic profile Peter O'Keefe Technician Instructor View profile

Facilities

Course facilities include an extensive media loans programme, providing access to high-end DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5D MKII, an extensive range of lenses (including many ‘L’ series and Prime lenses), 35mm cameras, medium format cameras (645, 6x7 and 6x9), large format 5x4 cameras and lenses, and a full stock of accessories – light meters, tripods, flash guns, remote-controlled boom-mounted flash systems and more.

You’ll also have access to our digital reprographics lab, featuring commercial-standard and large-format printers, flatbed scanners, three Hasselblad drum scanners scanning up to 5x4 size and a colour-calibrated ProMac-based reprographic suite.

Our recently rebuilt colour and black-and-white darkrooms are of the highest industry standards and students can also freely use our in-house colour film processing machine. Additionally, we have finishing and film processing rooms, a modern multimedia lab featuring 24 iMacs with Adobe CS6 Suite Master Collection and Final Cut Pro, plus large professional photographic studios and associated make-up and styling rooms.

The course has excellent links with agencies, such as Magnum Photos, and is affiliated to the Association of Photographers in London (The AOP). This affiliation entitles students to free student membership of the AOP, which supplies further links with industry and access to many professional resources.

Your future

You’ll learn skills that will equip you for careers within artistic, commercial, industrial, medical and editorial photography. There are many industries that employ professional photographers, including: creative and marketing agencies, photographic libraries, marketing departments in large organisations, newspapers and periodicals, museums and other arts organisations.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Freelance photographer
  • Fashion photographer
  • Digital photographic retoucher
  • specialist photographer for commercial organisations.

95%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course.

45%

of those students are in a professional or managerial role.

Industry connections

Professional practice is an essential part of this course. We are an affiliated centre with the Association of Photographers (AoP), and have an established educational partnership with the renowned worldwide agency Magnum Photos Ltd.

We also have links with international publications including Vogue, the Sunday Times Magazine, the Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian and the New York Times, as well as the BBC, the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Britain.

Placements

Work experience is encouraged, and you’ll be able to call on the course team’s strong ties within the industry to help find and secure a suitable placement. Recent students have assisted on local and national shoots during their studies, and our Solent Creatives agency provides significant opportunities for freelance work on live client briefs; for example final-year student James Robinson was recently commissioned to produce images for Southampton Airport’s arrivals lounge.

Learning methods integrate theory and practice, allowing students to develop their critical thinking and photographic practice hand in hand. Solent Creatives, our in-house creative agency, gives students the opportunity to pitch for real industry clients and collaborate with other students on multidisciplinary projects. 

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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