- UCAS Code
- Penryn Campus
- 3 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 213730
Creative. Practical. Inspirational. Photography at Falmouth has a stellar international reputation for good reason, due to both the diversity of photographic practices developed through the course and the quality of the graduates that we produce.
Designed to prepare you for an exciting career in photography, you'll learn an extensive range of photographic and professional skills, as well as develop your critical thinking through contemporary practices and debates. Throughout the course you'll benefit from a teaching staff who are all practising professionals and from an enviable range of facilities – Falmouth's Photography Centre is considered the best in Europe – that mirror those you'll find within the industry.
BA(Hons) Photography is progressive and hands-on, encouraging you to learn through doing; participating in various photographic disciplines and experimenting with different media including video and film.
Set within a framework of current and historic photographic practice, the course builds your exposure to and experience of research, critical observation and evaluation, helping you to develop both your own research skills and your ability to critically assess your work, all crucial to the development of your ideas.
Professional practice is a core element of the course, helping you to make all-important industry contacts and gain valuable first-hand insight. Through live briefs, placement opportunities and guest lectures you'll build up the know-how and confidence you need, ready to launch your photography career on graduation.
How is the course taught
A practice-based course, your project work is supported by trips to local and national galleries, studios and companies, and an extensive programme of practical inductions, workshops, seminars, tutorials and lectures. Through all this, you'll be encouraged to question and engage with photographic debates, and develop your professional practice, research, communication and presentation skills.
- Career as a freelance photographer and image-maker in the commercial and fine art fields
- Work in media production, editorial, printing, curating, art administration, picture research and book/journal publication
- Live briefs
- Continuous assessment of visual, verbal and written assignments
- Final year portfolio
Experience you'll get
- Live briefs
- Field trips to local, national and international galleries, studios and companies
- Professional practice workshops
- Inclusion in external exhibitions
- International photography symposium
- Self-funded New York study visit
By choosing to study for a degree in Photography at Falmouth you will:
- Be introduced to a wide range of photographic practices and disciplines through ‘hands-on' project work, essays, and seminar presentations.
- Benefit from being taught by friendly and approachable staff who are practising professionals with extensive expertise in Higher Education.
- Visit local and national galleries, studios and companies, making all-important contacts.
- Undertake an extensive programme of practical inductions, workshops, seminars and tutorials.
- Develop your professional practice, research, communication and presentational skills.
- Benefit from the Photography Centre's close relationships with Hasselblad, Nikon and Calumet, which ensure our facilities match the requirements of the profession.
- Benefit from high-profile visiting lecturers and attend workshops.
- Be based at the state-of-art Photography Centre.
Interview and selection process
We ask all applicants to submit a mini online portfolio of 20-30 photographic images with two short pieces of writing. These will be assessed by the course team.
If you are successful at this stage you will be invited to interview.
You'll need to bring your portfolio, sketchbooks and workbooks and an essay or report to your interview. Your portfolio should contain photography and any other artwork you might have, such as 3D work. Your sketchbooks or workbooks should demonstrate your idea development.
You will be interviewed individually by members of the course team for 20-30 minutes. During the interview you'll be given the opportunity to talk about your portfolio and discuss your inspirational photographers, exhibitions you've attended and why you want to study photography. The session will include a tour of the campus and facilities whilst your portfolio is being assessed. You'll have the opportunity ask any questions to our staff and current students.
Interviews are currently taking place.
Location: Penryn Campus
What you'll do
In your first year, you'll begin to develop your specialist photographic knowledge, as we introduce you to a range of technologies and techniques. You'll examine new ways of seeing, taking and making as well as undertaking a collaborative exhibition project.
With the fundamentals now familiar, you'll be encouraged to explore new possibilities for your work, as you combine your increased practical knowledge with conceptual thinking. Professional practice means live briefs and work placements while you begin to prepare for your research project.
With improved confidence, a well-rounded skillset and a host of exciting ideas, you'll be ready to undertake both your portfolio and your dissertation.