This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Read more here     Accept
Find us +44 (0)113 2837100
Menu

Overview

The Photography degree at Leeds Trinity is a practice-based course with a strong emphasis on developing the range of your photographic skills: studio practice; digital processing of images; collaborative working methods; telling stories through images; exhibiting, and PR and publishing. You will be taught by staff with professional photographic experience.



Course Benefits

  • A practice-based course with equipment free to loan.
  • Unique Leeds Trinity system of professional engagement, including extended professional placements in each year.
  • Opportunities to exhibit, publish and promote your own work.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

Within a campus setting you will benefit from high levels of student support and Leeds Trinity’s focus on helping its students to employment, such as through its unique work placement scheme in the first two years of study.

In your third year, you can do an optional year-long professional project module, which allows you to work on specific practical projects in a professional setting. These work placement opportunities are supported by regular contact with your academic staff and help you identify the right career path and gain relevant experience in your chosen field before you graduate.

Read our full course terms and conditions.


Year 1

In year one you will work with industrystandard equipment to learn how to set up and manage a photographic studio; how to process and edit images, and how to understand the basic ethical and legal issues relevant to photography. Other modules will engage you with Photography students in other years, as they commission and edit work from you. The classes are based around photographic practice and also to support your understanding of the modern professional context for photography (team work; collaboration, and project management).

Year 2

In your second year the skills you acquired in the first year are set in a stronger commercial and professional context. You will learn how to arrange and manage shoots on location and you will now be the students commissioning work from the first year students, managing and organising their projects and editing and approving the images they provide. You will also learn how to use digital imaging software to produce images from a range of sources (from professional cameras to phone snaps) in a range of commercial formats (poster, jpeg file, marketing flyer, etc) and you will study the history of photography with an eye to technical and stylistic innovation.

Year 3

In your final year the focus is on building a strong portfolio to demonstrate your abilities to potential employers. You will source and pitch for commercial briefs that you will then distribute to second year students. You will learn about professional curatorial practice and the nature of photographic exhibitions and you will put this awareness into practice, helping organise, manage, and market an end-of-year photography show. Option modules will allow you to explore a range of practical topics, such as entrepreneurial business practices, innovations in contemporary photography, and the modern creative media industries.​


Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 15.7% of scheduled learning and teaching; 212 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 918 hours of independent teaching; 224 hours on placement

Year 2 – 13.1% of scheduled learning and teaching; 180 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 950 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 3 – 8.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 100 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,100 hours of independent teaching

 

The modules on this course are delivered in a variety of ways: some through a combination of lectures and small group seminars; some through workshops; some through practical hands-on production sessions; and some, particularly at Level 6, through initial lectures and then individual research or production supervision sessions.

On this course students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week work placements in the summer term. These are supported by periods of preparation and upskilling before the placements and reflection and future personal development goal setting after them. We believe the placement experience to be vital for students wanting to work in and/or properly understand the media.

At Level 6 all students undertake both a 40-credit Media Research module and a 40-credit Media Production module. These provide extended opportunities to display the knowledge and skills developed on the course in terms of both thinking, researching and writing about the media and also producing a high-quality piece of media production work. The ability of our students to be successful in both areas is what we believe to be both distinctive about and fundamental to the educational impact of the course.

#expand#

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development. Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  

All students are encouraged to develop professional skills and links with employers throughout their degree and offered the opportunity to get involved with production projects which can be campus-based or involve liaising with external clients. This allows students to build up their skills, CV and portfolio in preparation for competing in the jobs marketplace. Students also have the opportunity throughout the course to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials both on and off campus.


Assessment


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 100% coursework

Year 2 – 91.7% coursework; 8.3% practical exams

Year 3 – 98.3% coursework; 1.7% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed. There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessments.

Assessments tailored to this course include group oral presentations, production portfolios, research proposals, research literature reviews, reports, essays, portfolios of analyses, etc.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars.

Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk​​

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Professional Work Placements

There are extended placement modules available in each year of study – five weeks in the first year, and six weeks in the second year. In the final year there is an option to extend this professional understanding through a Professional Learning through Work module.

Our Placement and Partnership Office will help you arrange your placement with one of our established network of employers and these work placement opportunities are supported by regular contact with your academic tutors. Close contact with the commercial photographic sector will help you identify the right career path and gain relevant experience in your chosen field before you graduate.

More about placements

Graduates can go on to work as a photographer; press photographer; graphic designer; magazine features editor; advertising art director or web designer.
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA MarketingMA Creative Writing and MA Journalismwhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  
 
Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

Book a campus tour

Our Campus
Leeds City Centre

Leeds

Home to over 100,000 students, Leeds is regularly voted the UK's best student city thanks to its amazing nightlife, culture and shopping. It's also an internationally recognised centre for learning and offers brilliant graduate job prospects.  
 
You'll be spoilt for choice when you arrive in Leeds, so we've put together a helpful guide to get you started. 
What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

Ranked top in Yorkshire

We are the top University in Yorkshire for student satisfaction and employability. (NSS 2017)

 

97%​

of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation (DLHE 2016)

Ranked 8th in the UK

We are ranked 8th out of all UK universities for overall student satisfaction with learning opportunities. (NSS 2017)

Ranked top in Yorkshire

We are the top University in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction with teaching. (NSS 2017)

Related Courses

Media and Marketing

View Course

Business and Marketing

View Course

Marketing and Sport

View Course