Photography

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Why study with us?

To see much more of what we do please visit our photography student website:

http://cumbriaphotography.ning.com/

This established course is highly regarded for the strong and individual practice of its students and graduates, who work with contemporary photography, made through the fine art, documentary or constructed image processes. We offer a course where we are interested in you as an individual. We like you to be able to say things with your work, to be independent, to freely experiment and to have a desire for innovative practice on location or within studio-based practice. You will be able to build a broad understanding of independent visual practice in photography …

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Why study with us?

To see much more of what we do please visit our photography student website:

http://cumbriaphotography.ning.com/

This established course is highly regarded for the strong and individual practice of its students and graduates, who work with contemporary photography, made through the fine art, documentary or constructed image processes. We offer a course where we are interested in you as an individual. We like you to be able to say things with your work, to be independent, to freely experiment and to have a desire for innovative practice on location or within studio-based practice. You will be able to build a broad understanding of independent visual practice in photography and be able to take advantage of future professional opportunities.

Mike England and a committed team of practicing professional photographers and artists teach on this course. There is also an extensive visiting lecturer programme throughout the year.

The course has new studio and digital darkroom facilities and is ideally based in the city of Carlisle near the English Lake District and the Scottish Borders, with easy links to Manchester, Edinburgh and Newcastle.

What can this course lead to? There is a very wide range of career opportunities in the creative and photographic fields. Our graduates are working as freelance photographers and artists throughout the world. They are based in studios or travelling, and are independently exhibiting, working as assistant photographers, picture editors, picture researchers, stylists or photographer’s agents, forensic and medical photographers, gallery curators or photographers and artists in residence.

Some of our students decide to continue in education to postgraduate level. There are opportunities within the University of Cumbria for postgraduate study in teacher training.

Also look at these:

Mike England http://www.fivefour.co.uk/
Mike England http://mikeengland.blogspot. com
John Darwell http://www.johndarwell.com/
Photography Course Network: cumbriaphotography.ning.com

Resources and facilities

We have a wide range of specialist resources available for almost every conceivable art and photographic outcome. You will be able to work with a range of new equipment, including Nikon digital cameras, professional digital medium-format, panoramic Hasselblad and 4x5 large format, on location or in one of the three main professionally equipped studios. Post-production and printing is through high-quality dedicated, Mac workstations with the latest printers.

We maintain traditional wet darkrooms and specialist photography techniques for those who prefer this way of working. The course has membership of the AOP (Association of Photographers), from which it takes advantage of events and benefits. Many of our students are members.

Have a look at our learning resources for Photography.

Student work

Carlisle Photo Festival was founded in 2012 with the wish to focus on bringing emerging photographers’ work out to the public by displaying their work in urban and accessible spaces.

This year’s festival runs from 15 – 21 April and involves five free exhibitions, held in different venues around Carlisle: In Search of Space - Crown Gallery; In Their Company - Galley Gallery; Making Waves - Former Post Office; New Memories of Old, Paradise Court; The Last Destination Guide, St Paul's Church.

For full details visit: Carlisle Photography Festival

Opening night will be held at 6.00pm on 15 April, in the old post office on Warwick Road, Carlisle, with a speech by University of Cumbria lecturer, Dr. John Darwell.

Entry requirements

240 UCAS points.

Find out more about equivalent qualifications on the UCAS tariff table.

Please check any additional selection criteria below.

Credit and UCAS requirements UCAS code: W641 UCAS points: 240 Selection criteria If you are thinking of applying for year one, we prefer you to have good ‘A’ levels, including photography, or have studied for a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or to have completed an equivalent course. You should want to work independently and have a developed knowledge of visual concepts, have a basic knowledge of contemporary photography and visual cultures, and be able to demonstrate a commitment and level of self-motivation to study at degree level.

Your folio should contain both work in progress and some examples of finished work. It is useful for us to see work completed outside college or school if you have any. You should also bring with you any sketchbooks or research folders.

The photography programme has it’s own dedicated Year 0, available as a preparatory year, effectively the start of the degree course, for applicants who may need further preparation for degree level education or may not achieve the UCAS tariff for year one entry.

Successful completion of the Photography Year 0 gives gives you automatic progression to year one of the BA (Hons) Photography course.

Also look at these:

Mike England http://www.fivefour.co.uk/
Mike England http://mikeengland.blogspot. com
John Darwell http://www.johndarwell.com/
Photography Course Network: cumbriaphotography.ning.com

Costs

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Full-time students

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The tuition fee for the 2013/14 academic year has been set at £8,250 (including an automatic £750 fee discount).

As a full-time UK student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning £21,000 per annum (if you're from England) or £15,795 (if you're from Scotland). You may also be eligible for a maintenance loan (up to £5,500) and a maintenance grant (up to £3,354). For more information about student loans and grants, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. Full-time students may be eligible for one of 110 NSP awards for full-time students worth up to £6,000.

Cumbria Bursary

The Cumbria Bursary is an annual cash award of £1,000 for up to three years of study. There are 300 Cumbria Bursaries available in 2013.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:

  • Achievement scholarships
  • Outstanding performance awards
  • Access to Learning Fund
  • Utilities trust

EU

The tuition fee for the 2013/14 academic year has been set at £8,250 (including an automatic £750 fee discount).

As a full-time EU student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning £21,000 per annum (or the equivalent in your country). For more information about student loans, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. Full-time students may be eligible for one of 110 NSP awards for full-time students worth up to £6,000.

Cumbria Bursary

The Cumbria Bursary is an annual cash award of £1,000 for up to three years of study. There are 300 Cumbria Bursaries available in 2013.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:

  • Achievement scholarships
  • Outstanding performance awards
  • Utilities trust

International

The tuition fee for the 2013/14 academic year is £9,960.

Fees are billed annually and may be paid by the student or a sponsor. 75 percent of the annual tuition fees must be paid before or at registration. For students requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, a deposit of £3,500 is expected as a minimum before a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) will be issued. For more information, visit our international student finance page.

Early payment discount

If you are paying your own fees, you may be eligible for an early payment discount of £1,000. This discount is awarded to students who pay in full before registration.

International scholarship

If you are studying a full-time bachelor's degree (excluding teacher training and NHS-funded courses) or a top-up degree, you may be eligible for an international scholarship. The university has nine scholarships available. Find out more on our scholarships page.

Additional financial support

Our money doctors will be on hand throughout the year to help you manage your money while you’re in the UK. However, if you do happen to run into financial difficulty during your time here, you may be able to access a small emergency support fund.

Part-time students

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The tuition fee for students starting study in the 2013/14 academic year is £8,250 (including an automatic £750 fee discount). This fee is billed annually. For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for six years may expect to pay £4,125 per year.

As a part-time UK student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning over £21,000 a year (if you're from England) or £15,795 (if you're from Scotland). For more information about student loans and grants, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. Part-time students may be eligible for one of 40 NSP awards worth up to £3,000.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:

  • Achievement scholarships
  • Outstanding performance awards
  • Access to Learning Fund
  • Utilities trust

EU

The tuition fee for students starting study in the 2013/14 academic year is £8,250 (including an automatic £750 fee discount). This fee is billed annually. For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for six years may expect to pay £4,125 per year.

As a part-time EU student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning over £21,000 a year. For more information about student loans, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. Part-time students may be eligible for one of 40 NSP awards worth up to £3,000.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:

  • Achievement scholarships
  • Outstanding performance awards
  • Utilities trust
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Modules

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Course summary

The first year introduces you to a range of themes and practices, critical theory, and to working independently as a photographer. You will be given a strong grounding in the principles and practice of photography debates and research methods. You will be able to explore a variety of lens-based genre through contemporary and traditional ways of working. You will be able to practice in the way you prefer, and will build a body of work that is a demonstration of your own ideas. You are encouraged to work experimentally either on location or in the studio and will be supported with tutorial groups which access technical workshops in camera and lighting techniques, Adobe Photoshop and printing processes. There is an option to study a module in traditional B&W photography practice if you choose.

From the second year onwards, tutors will encourage you to further integrate your photography practice with critical thinking. You will work on self-initiated projects and exhibit your work in a public gallery or place. In addition, modules in Advanced Visual Narratives, Work Experience and Critical Discourse are offered in support your chosen position within contemporary practice.

In the third year you focus on an individually negotiated major project resulting in a final public exhibition that includes the production of a high quality professional folio or work in book form. There is an option to choose either a practical route or a more academic route for those who may wish to do further study after graduating. The course has a strong professional ethic and you will be encouraged to work towards one of the many career opportunities on graduation.

  Case studies “I chose the University of Cumbria as there was a lovely feeling at the open days and there was an atmosphere of friendliness. I initially completed the Year 0 course, which is great as it helps you make up your mind about what you want to do. The best part about the course is the fact that the lecturers teach and pass on their industry experiences.”

Julie Taylor, BA (Hons) Photography

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