Course Overview

The Photography degree course at Hereford is a vibrant and exciting course which enables student interested in contemporary photography to develop a highly personalised practice supported by experienced tutors within well-resourced facilities.


You will be working in a creative, experimental and supportive environment within which you will be treated as an individual and will have access to facilities and tutors 5 days a week.

By engaging in challenging practical and theoretical modules you will develop a professional practice that is informed by current thinking and technology and reflects your own photographic identity.

The development of an individual relationship with the medium is central to course philosophy, and during progression through the course, you’ll work towards a defined destination for yourself and your practice.

Exhibition visits, field trips and high profile guest speakers all contribute to your experience and formulation of an innovative visual language.

Features

What you will experience
  • The course is delivered by a team of experienced and dedicated lecturers and technicians, who practice in various fields and bring their external knowledge to the learning environment.
  • Renowned Photographers and successful ex-graduates visit and talk about their work. Recent speakers include Brian Griffin, Tom Hunter, Tom Wood, Timothy Allen, Helen Sear, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Zed Nelson and many more.
  • Individual tutorial support is key to the delivery of the course philosophy alongside technical workshops, seminars, lectures and critiques that provide the space for essential contextual debate.
  • The course does not have a ‘house style’ but encourages all students to find their own unique voice. With year groups of around 20 students you are able to access tutors and excellent facilities with ease.
  • You will be taught a wide range of techniques using professional equipment from Hasselblad to Nikon cameras, digital backs and traditional film. You will work on location and in the Photo studio and have access to digital and darkroom printing and processing.
  • We go to some great places including Amsterdam, Rome, Paris, Barcelona and Berlin.
  •  We have some excellent visiting Photographers who will inspire you in your career.
  • There are clubs such as Film club and great opportunities to get involved in student union and student representation.
  • We actively support students by providing a diverse set of 'live' or client-led briefs and get students involved in exhibitions and community projects
image by James Branch
Image by James Branch

The course is proactive in ‘looking out’ of the learning environment, encouraging students to engage with many external live projects.  Exhibition practice, working on projects set by clients and portfolio reviews by experienced industry professionals all add to developing confidence in your own career route and potential. Being located in our new campus with other creative courses means it is easy to cross boundaries, work with students in other disciplines and undertake collaborative projects.



“What a fabulous place to study Photography” Brian Griffin, Photographer
Trip to Oxford Photography Festival
Photography students on a recent trip to Oxford Photography Festival


Careers & Progression

Why take this course?
92% of students were overall satisfied with their studies last year.

The majority of our students successfully gain employment in the creative industry. Students have also gone onto study at postgraduate level. Job prospects range from free-lance Photographer, Gallery Artist, Arts Administration and Community Arts, Photography Lecturer, Photo Journalism to Image retouching or Picture editor. Starting salaries for assistant photographers can be between £12,000 and £17,000 a year. Full-time photographers can earn between £18,000 and £50,000 a year.
image by Jake Burge
Image by Jacob Burge – Winner of 2012 London Photography Festival Award

 


Image by Jordan Standley


Facilities

Workshops & Studios
We have excellent IT facilities all running industry standard software on PC and Apple systems including video editing suites, animation suites and medium and large format professional quality printers. We have a B&W darkroom and 2 Photography studios.

We also have excellent craft based workshops for traditional image making techniques such as UV screen printing, stencilling, letter press printing and fabric printing. And, because our courses are small you will be able to take advantage of easy access to all the workshops as and when you need them.

image by Adam Stephenson
Image by Adam Stephenson

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Successful portfolio interview
  • 80 UCAS Points New UCAS Tariff system for 2017 (equates to 200 UCAS points previous tariff) For more details on the new tariff system please visit https://www.ucas.com/advisers/guides-and-resources/tariff-2017
  • Mature Students with related experience
  • Applicants whose first language is not English - proof of IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all sections (reading, writing, listening & speaking)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning Opportunities - The college welcomes applications from students with prior learning and/or previous experience.  Further details on eligibility can be found on page 15 of our Admissions Policy.  Alternatively, please contact us at registry@hca.ac.uk and we can advise you on the college’s and the University Awarding body requirements

Critical Studies

Critical Studies

These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed  Click here for more details

What you will study:

Modules in Years 1 & 2 will introduce you to key technical, conceptual and theoretical aspects of photography. Practice based modules demand individual visual and conceptual response to photographic genres, whilst gaining experience of essential techniques and approaches. These include all traditional and digital camera formats, working within the chemical and digital darkrooms, working on location and in the studio. Theoretical modules introduce and instigate essential historical and contemporary contextual understanding and debate
Modules in Years 1 & 2 will introduce you to key technical, conceptual and theoretical aspects of photography. Practice based modules demand individual visual and conceptual response to photographic genres, whilst gaining experience of essential techniques and approaches. These include all traditional and digital camera formats, working within the chemical and digital darkrooms, working on location and in the studio. Theoretical modules introduce and instigate essential historical and contemporary contextual understanding and debate
In Year 3, you will have reached a stage where you’re taking more independent direction of your practice, and your destination after graduating. The acquired theoretical, contextual and technical knowledge gained and established through previous years will have informed individual direction with regards to practice and purpose