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Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)

Photography

Full-time Digital media

Establish your own independent photographic practice through risk-taking, experimentation, critical thinking and technical and practical skills.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,250 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112
What is the UCAS code? W640
When do I start? September

Student satisfaction

This course scored 96% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Acquire digital and traditional photographic analogue skills, digital capture and production and image management and manipulation, using industry standard equipment.
  • Develop core practical skills through creative professional practice and a critical engagement with image making.
  • Refine your ability to solve problems, manage complex projects, and communicate your ideas effectively.

Engage with a distinctive, independent approach to a wide range of photographic contexts with this professional and practice-based degree. You are encouraged to take risks in a highly creative environment, developing your understanding and knowledge of the medium to enable you to fulfil your potential in the constantly-evolving discipline of photography.

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Tutors and students provide an overview of the course and what it's like to study in Sheffield.

How you learn

You learn through a creative, practice-based approach to self-directed production which emulates the independent nature of professional practice within photography. This is underpinned through an exploration of historical and contemporary approaches and relevant theoretical issues in order to help situate your work in a critical context.

You learn through

  • specialist workshops
  • technical surgeries
  • large group lectures
  • smaller group seminars
  • group critiques and review sessions
  • individual tutorials

Course leaders and tutors

Stephanie Hartle
Stephanie Hartle
Senior Lecturer in Film and Photography and Course Leader in Photography

Currently Stephanie is the Course Leader of the BA/ MArt Photography programme. In this role she works closely with academic and support colleagues to develop and co … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

The course has established professional working relationships with a number of photographic professional partners including the Photographers' Gallery, the National Media Museum, Site Gallery, Millennium Galleries, The Hepworth Wakefield, Village Bookshop and Gallery, and Impressions Gallery.

Field trips

Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to attend national and international photography and art events which will broaden your understanding of the wider photographic industry, its stakeholders and key requirements (additional costs may apply).

Networking opportunities

A number of industry days and events (Grad Talk, Pathways) are held on campus where you can network with and attend talks and workshops run by creative media industry professionals and organisations. You will also have access to guidance from our professional careers and employment service, CV preparation and interview practice, an annual programme of employer recruitment fairs, and an online graduate vacancy service.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • documentary
  • fine art
  • fashion and advertising
  • editorial
  • press and photojournalism
  • general and social portraiture
  • scientific and medical
  • stills for film and video productions
  • post-production (picture editing, processing, printing and finishing)
  • picture research and publishing
  • curatorial and gallery contexts

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • two industry-standard photography studios
  • portable lighting equipment
  • a dedicated digital darkroom including scanning, processing and printing facilities
  • colour and black and white analogue darkrooms with enlargers from 35mm to 5x4
  • black and white print darkroom with both wet and machine process facilities
  • an extensive lending store where you can borrow industry standard equipment such as cameras, lenses and tripods

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant* subject. For example:

  • BBC at A Level including a grade C in a relevant subject .
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diplomain a relevant subject.
  • A combination of qualifications which must include a relevant subject and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 18 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in a media-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a selection event with a portfolio of work to demonstrate your ability. Find out about the selection process and how to produce a strong portfolio.

We welcome applications from people of any age. There may be some flexibility in entry requirements provided you have other relevant learning or experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

* Relevant subjects are • media studies • film studies • English • photography • history of art • theatre studies • history.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Photography: Analogue Practices Credits: 40.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Photography: Digital Techniques And Skills Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Photography: History - Practices And Debates Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Photography: Introduction To Critical Analysis Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Photography: Visual Narratives Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Photography: Advanced Techniques And Skills Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Photography: Concepts And Questions Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Photography: Contemporary Photographic Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Photography: Negotiated Practice Credits: 40.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Photography: Research And Reflection Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Photography: Critical Research Project Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Photography: Independent Practice Credits: 60.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Photography: Independent Practice Preparation Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Photography: Professional Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year.
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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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