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Photography and Video Foundation Degree (FdA)

The Photography and Video Foundation develops your skills through practical assignments.

Overview

Reasons to study Photography and Video Foundation at Leicester College:

  • Closely linked to current industrial and commercial practice
  • Enhances the skills and knowledge of practising photographers and video makers
  • Gives the opportunity to progress to the final year of the DMU Photography and Video BA (Hons)

This course gives you the opportunity to further develop and explore your abilities in photographic and video practice. Your skills will be developed through practical assignments that are linked to current industrial and commercial practice. You will also produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates your creativity in contemporary imaging technology.

The course is an excellent opportunity to pursue Higher Education study in photography or video-related subjects. It also allows practising photographers and video makers to gain a professional qualification while working in the industry. The course has a strong emphasis on testing the industrial abilities of our learners. In previous years we have won various national competitions including the MTV, Fujifilm and Ilford Harman Student Photographer Awards. We've also had students shortlisted for The Times Young Photographer Of The Year and the Association Of Photography awards.

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Photography and Video BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: L36

UCAS course code: W640

Duration: Two years full-time

Location of Study: St Margaret’s Campus, St John Street, Leicester, LE1 3WL.

Fees and funding: UK/EU - Please refer to the Leicester College website for the latest tuition fees and additional costs.

Contact us: For more information visit the Leicester College website or phone +44 (0) 116 224 2240.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Two years full-time

Location of Study: St Margaret’s Campus, St John Street, Leicester, LE1 3WL.

Fees and funding: International - Please refer to the Leicester College website for the latest tuition fees and additional costs.

Contact us: For more information visit the Leicester College website or phone +44 (0) 116 224 2240.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements

You should possess a portfolio of your creative work.

GCSE English ‘C’ or equivalent and a minimum of 32 UCAS points to include either Art and Design Foundation, Access to HE, L3 (Ext Dip), at least one A2 level or an International Baccalaureate 24+.

Overseas learners can send qualifications (IELTS 5.5), work experience, and portfolio electronically or by post to the Programme Lead.

We welcome applications from adults who do not match the standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate a commitment to studying at university level.

At the start of the course you will need at least one Digital SLR body, relevant compact flash/SD cards, flash unit (desirable), range of lenses (desirable).

Interview required: Yes, if UK based

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

Year one

  • Histories of Lens-Based Media
  • Personal Development
  • Professional Imaging Industries
  • Creative Applications

Photography option route:

  • Photographic Techniques 1
  • Computers in Photography
  • Introduction to Video

Year two

  • Contemporary Contexts: Lens Media
  • Work Experience
  • Negotiated Study

Photography option route:

  • Photographic Techniques 2
  • Photography in the Digital Environment
  • Advanced Video

 

Structure

All modules are project-based with learning linked to assessment criteria. Teaching is tutorial-based and supported by lectures. Personal investigative research and the development of skills enhance the balance between the practical and the academic. The development of a portfolio with college and work-based material is seen as a focus for personal development.

Feedback is a key part of the teaching process and provides an essential support mechanism. You have contact with tutors through lectures, tutorials and studios, and you are also expected to engage in independent study. 

Contact hours

Although the balance of time will vary depending on the course and level of study, you will typically have 15 hours’ contact and undertake 25 hours of independent study each week.

 

Facilities and features

Leicester College facilities

Explore studio and creative applications, video production, digital imaging and traditional techniques. 

Libraries

For more information about libraries visit the Leicester College website.

College life

For more information about college life visit the Leicester College website.

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

As an integral part of building your knowledge and practice, guest lecturers and imaging practitioners are invited in to contribute to modules. The Professional Imaging Industries module builds realistic business and freelancing skills and you will undertake a minimum of 72 hours of self-negotiated industrial placement to complete a 15-credit Work Experience module.

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Graduate careers

This Foundation Degree is a valued qualification, providing you with the knowledge and skills required for the discipline and practice of photography and video production. You also have the opportunity to progress to Photography and Video BA (Hons) at DMU. 

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How to apply

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About Leicester College

Leicester College is one of the largest colleges in the UK and has had a partnership with DMU since the 1990s.

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