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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Belfast Exposed Gallery
  • BSkyB
  • Green Shoot Productions
  • Sony
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Aer Lingus Magazine
  • Tollymore National Outdoor Centre/ Sport NI

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Freelance Photographer
  • Gallery Curator
  • Photojournalist
  • Media Researcher
  • Community Arts Leader
  • Photographic Technician
  • Project Manager

Overview

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Develop innovative, unique work in one of Europe's leading photography schools.

Summary

Study Photography at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Photography is at the heart of the creative industries. From gallery to magazine, from breaking news to film set, studying photography gives you access to a huge range of art and commercial opportunities. The course is taught by dedicated, respected photographers who exhibit and publish internationally. Our graduates have won high-profile prizes, exhibited around the world and built diverse careers out of their studies here. We are passionate about photography, encouraging and supporting our students to explore, learn, question and become experts. At Ulster we will help you develop your own creative style and individual voice. You will leave with a valuable set of skills and a fresh way of thinking that help you stand out as you embark on a career in an exciting sector.

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About this course

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About

Our course takes a very contemporary approach to studying photography. It combines practice, theory and professional experience to help you develop unique and innovative photographic work. You will learn a wide range of skills across both still and moving image, using analogue and digital. Our facilities include a photographic studio, portable lights, Imacon film scanners, a 44” Epson printer, new iMacs, medium and large format cameras and a darkroom. We also have two photographic technicians to help you.

The teaching team consists of photographers who exhibit and publish around the world and includes two members of Magnum, Martin Parr and Donovan Wylie. We invite visiting speakers to give lectures and recently hosted photographers Chloe Dewe Mathews, Léonie Hampton and Raphaël Dallaporta, writer Liz Wells, and curators Louise Clements and Tim Clark.

You will learn through a programme of lectures, seminars, critiques, tutorials and gallery visits. Contextual studies are integrated into the practice modules to build your understanding of contemporary ideas and help you develop sophisticated, cutting-edge work. Your project outcomes will include photobooks, exhibition prints, moving image, research blogs, presentations and portfolios.

You will have opportunities for funded study abroad through Erasmus and Study USA as well as undertaking placements in industry. The close links we have with galleries and photo festivals help you build your own networks and experience from the start of your studies and beyond. Our students and graduates have been selected for high-profile prizes including the Jill Todd award, the RUA Young Artist award, the Genesis Imaging award and the Kassel Photobook Dummy award.

We have been profiled by the British Journal of Photography as one of the most significant photography schools in Europe. The digital era has brought new possibilities for the creation and distribution of images. This is a hugely exciting time to study photography.

Attendance

The course runs over three years with a timetable covering lectures, seminars, critiques, visits and tutorials. Teaching usually takes place over three days each week. On the other days you will be photographing on location or in the studio as well as carrying out your own research.

Year 1 is an exciting, intense year with four six-week-long practical modules and two contextual modules which run alongside. Year 2 consists of four 12-week modules, two practical and two contextual, which build your own voice as a photographer. In Year 3 you will complete one self-directed practice module, a dissertation and a professional practice module.

You will learn practical skills at all stages. Throughout the course we emphasise independent study to build on what you learn in the taught sessions.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is 240 UCAS tariff points to include 2 A Levels at minimum grades CC (one of which should be in an art & design related subject).

BTEC

The BTEC Extended Diploma requirement for this course is 240 UCAS tariff points based on an overall BTEC award profile of MERIT, MERIT, MERIT to include 15 merits.

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is 240 UCAS tariff points based on an overall Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) profile of BBCCC and Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) English Language at grade C or above.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBB.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 24 points (12 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 55%.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include English Language at minimum grade C.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Submission of a satisfactory portfolio.

Teaching and learning assessment

We teach through a combination of illustrated lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials. Throughout the course you will build your ideas and processes through a Research Development Book (RDB). This is a really key element in your learning. Its design, format and structure are entirely down to you - the important thing is that it is meaningful and useful for you. You will submit it for each module, along with other outputs such as wall prints, photobooks and presentations.

We introduce every module with a clear explanation of what you need to produce and how we will assess it. You are also given a handbook for each module and access to extra materials and information on our learning website Blackboard. This gives you access to helpful information both on and off campus, at any time.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Belfast Exposed Gallery
  • BSkyB
  • Green Shoot Productions
  • Sony
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Aer Lingus Magazine
  • Tollymore National Outdoor Centre/ Sport NI

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Freelance Photographer
  • Gallery Curator
  • Photojournalist
  • Media Researcher
  • Community Arts Leader
  • Photographic Technician
  • Project Manager

Career options

Photography students go on to diverse careers in fine art, design and the media. These include documentary, editorial, advertising, publishing, project management, gallery curation, fashion photography, writing, picture research, magazine editing, music, portraiture, architecture, medical, wildlife, forensic photography and specialist technical support roles.

If you would like to develop your own work to a higher level after the BA (Hons) Photography you can study for an MFA Photography at Ulster or further afield. Beyond this there is a PhD pathway in our highly regarded Research Institute.

There are also opportunities for those wishing to pursue a teaching career with the completion of a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£3,925.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£6,000.00
International:
£12,890.00

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Course Director: Clare Gallagher

E: c.gallagher2@ulster.ac.uk

T: +44 (0)28 95367255

Admissions Tutor: KayLynn Deveney

E: k.deveney@ulster.ac.uk

T: +44 (0)28 95367248

Student Services Centre

T: 028 9536 7202

E: adbe@ulster.ac.uk