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We are no longer accepting applications for our Photography three-year undergraduate degree for entry in 2020. Applications are being accepted for the four-year programmes with Foundation Year in Arts and Communication.

Course details

Subject area

Media

UCAS tariff points

112

Start date(s)

2021

Placements

Yes

Study abroad

Yes

Study mode(s)

Full time (3 years)

Course overview

Do you want to turn your passion for photography into your career? Our Photography degree will develop your visual, analytical, technical and creative abilities through photographic practice.

You will investigate, research and engage with a wide range of photographic areas to gain knowledge, understanding and skills within the field of photography.

The degree offers opportunities to work across analogue, digital and hybrid photographic practices, both in studio and on location. You will investigate through visual research and develop an understanding of critical engagement within photography.

The Student Contract

Your health and wellbeing is important to us which means that we may need to adjust elements of our courses, such as the timings of our placement provision, to take into account COVID-19-related government restrictions. However, please be assured that we will do our utmost to limit any impact this has on your university experience. If you have any questions about your course, please contact us at hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

In the Department of Communication, there is a strong focus on practical workshops, applied learning and putting theory-into-practice, alongside traditional academic modules. All courses will be delivered in a blended format for Academic Year 2020/21. This will include pre-recorded lectures, with structured preparatory tasks in advance of live sessions in the virtual classroom on Microsoft Teams. These virtual classroom sessions will be used to engage you in a range of tasks and discussions which will be followed by further activities to reinforce learning. Staff will also make use of Moodle for learning activities and assessment.

We intend to deliver small group teaching and practical workshops on campus. These will include practical journalism, live production, film, radio and television workshops, as well as other small group teaching as appropriate. Production work has been carefully planned to ensure alternative approaches to production work can be deployed should further social distancing/lockdown restrictions be imposed and to ensure you can access appropriate equipment and software.

About this course

The emphasis of our Photography degree is based around your creative development and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

You will study the key legal and ethical aspects of photography, applying these to your professional and photographic practice.

We have fully equipped on-campus studios and darkroom facilities and offer all students free-of-charge loan of professional photography equipment and resources (DSLR cameras, professional lighting kits, analogue cameras, photographic literature) so you’ll have all you need to continue to develop your photography skills and experience.

During your degree, you will work towards a final year portfolio and exhibition. You will also complete two professional work placements which form an integral part of your curriculum.

In your final year, you can extend your professional understanding of the discipline and build your portfolio through an additional longer term placement in the creative industries.

Why study with us?

  • You will develop a wide range of creative, analytical, visual and technical skills.
  • You will be taught by experts from the field of photography and will have the opportunity to complete creative industry work placements as part of your degree.
  • You will have access to a wide range of digital and analogue photography equipment from our Media Centre.
  • We will give you guidance and support to produce, exhibit, publish and promote your own work.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Students will study a combination of modules across their three or four years of study. 

Modules by Year

Foundation Year

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence
  • Project
  • Image: Introduction to the Humanities
  • Communication: Introduction to Modern Media

You will only study these modules if you are studying for the degree with Arts and Communication foundation year (4 years)

Year 1

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Professional Development
  • Studio Practice
  • Aesthetics of the Image
  • Photographic Practice 1
Year 2

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Professional Placement
  • Contextualising Practice
  • Photographic Practice 2
  • Collaborative Photography
  • Curating Photographs
Year 3

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Professional Project
  • Research Project
  • Exhibition
  • Contemporary Photography

Learning and teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping you achieve your academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are:

  • student confidence
  • professionalism
  • social responsibility.

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

For over 50 years, we have developed a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • The right tools and technology
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Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, to enable you to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

QualificationGrade
UCAS tariff112
GCSE requirementsGrade C or above/grade 4 or higher in English Language.
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Student Finance

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2020/2021.

Part-time tuition fees will be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.

Tuition fees for 2021/22 entry will be set in summer 2020.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2020/21. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. 

Additional costs

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.
  • Field trips may occur during this course and they will be either fully or partly subsidised by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • 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

How to apply

For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

You'll also need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

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Professional placements

We will work with you to find placements that match your career aspirations, using our extensive links with organisations in the creative industries and photographic sector. Placement opportunities include working with photographers, gallery assistants/curators, archivists and photography consultants.

Career opportunities

You’ll be well-prepared for a career in professional photography, photojournalism, PR and event management, as well as a range of other professional careers.

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