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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 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.

Throughout the course you will be supported to develop your creative, imaginative and critical abilities – skills that are essential in a creative career – you’ll also explore a range of photographic subjects and will embed photographic skills through dynamic projects.

Solent’s experienced teaching team will guide you in creating a rich and varied professional portfolio, and will ensure 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.

Regular course lectures are 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.

Your studies will take place in the multi-million pound Media Academy – featuring state-of-the-art teaching and photography facilities including digital and analogue studio spaces. You will also learn in the Photography Base Room – a dedicated, flexible teaching space.

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

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

The course team offers a blend of skills, knowledge and expertise; they have a rich breadth and depth of experience and backgrounds. As such, they are able to support students and their development.

What does this course lead to?

Many graduates have gone on to work in commercial, editorial, fashion, portrait, documentary, photojournalism, landscape and fine art photography. Graduates also enter related fields, including post-production, museum and galleries, book and journal publication, picture editing, education (FE and HE) and have also gone on to postgraduate study.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s photography degree is ideally suited to students who are interested in developing their technical skills, working on creative and challenging projects, and developing their knowledge and understanding of photography and visual culture.

Students will consider theory and practice across a range of briefs from set tasks to self-initiated projects. Applicants will have ideally studied a previous creative subject and will be required to show a portfolio and developmental work at interview.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry W651
  • 4 Years Design Foundation Year W6W4
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

You will be required to pay for any materials you use on the development of your projects, however in-lesson course materials are provided.

Year one:
Compulsory darkroom equipment/materials, workbooks, study trips and printing: £300
Optional international study trip: £250-£300

Year two:
Compulsory photographic materials (film, paper), digital printing, mounting, workbooks, study trips, memory sticks and printing: £300-£500
Optional international study trip: £250-£300

Year three:
Compulsory photographic materials (film, paper), stationery, digital printing, mounting, framing degree show, study trips, memory sticks, printing: £300-£600
Optional international study trip: £250-£300

Bursaries and scholarships

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

 


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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • 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.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Design Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency 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
  • 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.


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of students feel staff have made the subject interesting

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Follow the links below to apply through UCAS:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Image Lab
  • Orientation
  • Photography History and Theory I
  • Photography History and Theory II
  • Representation
  • Visual Exploration

Year two

Core units
  • Image Lab
  • Orientation
  • Photography History and Theory I
  • Photography History and Theory II
  • Representation
  • Visual Exploration

Year three

Core units
  • Contemporary Photographic Practice
  • Contemporary Photographic Journal
  • Professional Practice
  • Final Major Project

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

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Assessment by coursework

20%

Practical exams

Students' work

Meet the course team

Tom Slevin academic profile Tom Slevin Course Leader View profile
Guy Moreton academic profile Guy Moreton Senior Lecturer View profile
Nina Sverdvik academic profile Nina Sverdvik Senior Lecturer View profile
India Lawton academic profile India Lawton Lecturer View profile
Andrew Cross academic profile Andrew Cross Associate Lecturer View profile
Dafna Talmor academic profile Dafna Talmor Associate Lecturer View profile
Simon Griggs academic profile Simon Griggs Technical Instructor View profile
Peter O'Keefe academic profile Peter O'Keefe Technician Instructor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

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

There are a number of opportunities available to students for paid work. This ranges from working as a freelancer for Solent Creatives to working as a photography supervisor. Students gain a number of transferable skills that support interest working in and across the creative sector.

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.

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

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of students feel the course has provided them with the opportunity to explore ideas or concepts in depth

Industry links

Professional practice is an essential element of this course, and we are an affiliated centre with the Association of Photographers (AoP).

The course team maintains close links with industry, which has enabled past students to work with organisations such as the renowned worldwide agency Magnum Photos, Southampton City Art Gallery, the NHS, and East Photographic.

The course also regularly features industry guest speakers, which has recently included; Charlotte Cotton, Ori Gersht, Peter Fraser, Dan Holdsworth, Tom Hunter, Sophy Rickett, Margaret Salmon and Richard Billingham among others. Most recently the course has had guest talks from Alexandra Lethbridge, Sam Laughlin, Chloe Dewe Matthews and Tom Lovelace.

Placements

There is no formal placement element to the taught degree, however work experience is encouraged, and the course team will provide advice on finding 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. 

There is also the opportunity to enter external competitions during your studies, and the chance to work as a student supervisor in the University photography facilities.

Further study

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