This programme is designed to help you develop the confidence and skills to operate in a higher level job, or profession, where you can make decisions, solve problems and be in control of creative output. It is also aimed at those who would like to start their own business or develop their own individual area of practice through a more in-depth study of photography. The qualification is taught at West Kent College's University Centre in Tonbridge but is awarded and quality assured by the University of Kent.
Applicants should hold a Foundation Degree or HND in photography or a related discipline at Merit or Distinction level.
The College will also consider applicants who have completed 240 credits in a degree programme in photography or a related discipline with achievement equivalent to a Merit profile in a Foundation Degree or HND.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
Please note that meeting this typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee an offer being made. Please also see our general entry requirements.
If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.
International students cannot be admitted to this programme at this time due to visa restrictions.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
Duration: 1 year full time
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
You study the following three modules:
You will be required to choose module options which total 120 credits.
A materials fee is payable for each year of the programme to cover the cost of equipment maintenance and the supply of basic materials, including film stock, chemicals and printer ink. This fee is currently set at £50 per year.
You will need to budget for the cost of photographic materials, presentation and framing. The scale of this cost will greatly depend on the nature of your work and how it is presented, since some production and mounting methods incur a greater cost than others. As a guide, the College estimates an average cost of £500, although some students will spend more than this whilst others will spend substantially less.
Trips to London galleries and events are an integral part of the programme and the College will organise one trip during the course of the year. We advise you to budget approximately £50 for this trip to cover travel and admission costs. See also 'equipment needed' under the 'teaching and assessment' section.
Contact West Kent college for more information about accommodation and living costs.
For more information about funding, please see the West Kent College website.
Teaching is delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, discussions, group work/exhibition planning, tutorials and workshops.
The programme typically involves an average of 12 timetabled hours over two to three days per week during term time.
This is a full-time programme and you will be expected to dedicate approximately 24 hours per week to self-directed study to carry out research and assignment work outside of timetabled classes.
You will be encouraged to work in the College outside of timetabled classes, when there will be support available from photographic technicians and Learning Resource Centre staff.
Work is assessed by assignment and presented at group critique on a continuous basis throughout the programme. You will be required to present your work in a professional manner and to field questions from your tutors and colleagues on the programme.
Photographic equipment is available to borrow from the College. However, at this level of study you will be expected to have your own basic equipment that you like to use.
A reading list will be available before the start of the programme. An introduction to the dissertation will be sent to you during the July before entry to enable you to begin background reading and research in a proposed topic.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
The programme aims to:
You gain a knowledge and understanding of:
You gain the following intellectual skills:
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
You gain the following transferable skills:
All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.
You will develop a strong foundation of technical skills, knowledge and creative approaches required for employment or progression to postgraduate study in the areas of photography, and other related subjects.
Some graduates of this programme have progressed to postgraduate study and teacher training, whilst others have embarked on careers such as medical photographer, freelance/agency photographer, gallery creative director, gallery owner/assistant and roles in photography businesses.
Following receipt of your application, the College will invite you to an interview and ask you to bring a portfolio of your work, including some examples of written work (eg an essay or proposal from your previous studies). The interview and your portfolio will help the College assess your suitability for the programme. They will also consider your UCAS application form, including your personal statement and reference, and the entry requirements when making a decision.
Applications should be made through UCAS using the following codes:
Institution Code: K24
Course Code: W640
Campus Code: W
If you are applying for courses based at Medway, you should add the campus code K in Section 3(d).