Weymouth College

FdA Contemporary Photography Practice

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Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Analogue Photography (WEYM1035)

      Students develop an understanding and identification of core photographic observational and constructed practice working with black and white analogue materials. During workshops, seminars, and personal photographic exploration, key skills in analogue photography are developed. The relationship between individual practice, ideas and the context of others' work is explored

    • Digital Imagery (WEYM1036)

      Students develop an understanding and identification of core photographic observational and constructed practice working with digital materials. During workshops, seminars, and personal photographic exploration, key skills in digital photography are developed. The relationship between individual practice, ideas and the context of others' work is explored

    • Industry Work Experience (WEYM1037)

      Students explore professional practice within the photographic creative arts. Evaluating their personal skill sets and those of other roles in the profession. Appropriate work experience will be agreed for each individual student in discussion with the module leader. Work is presented in a report and a presentation on their chosen experience and will analyse the area of the creative arts they have experienced

    • Photographic Analysis (WEYM1038)

      In this module students are introduced to a range of photographic discourses that chart the development of the medium, its characteristics, its practitioners and practices and where it sits today within the creative arts. Students gain a broad knowledge and understanding of these discourses and acquire skills in critical thinking, research, writing and presentation which are used to explore and challenge conventional understandings

    • Studio Techniques (WEYM1039)

      Students develop an understanding of studio photographic practices including still life and portraiture. During workshops, seminars, and personal photographic exploration, studio photographic skills are developed. The relationship between individual practice, ideas and the context of others' work is explored and used as research that can be synthesised into students' projects

    • Portraiture and Culture (WEYM1040)

      The students are encouraged to explore culture through photographic portraiture. They are asked whether we can truly judge a book by its cover and whether readings of portraits can be disrupted by the use of text, colour, context and other photographic elements. They will have a series of lectures that will explore what culture means and how it has been represented by those within and outside the culture being represented

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Moving Image Project (WEYM2035)

      The students are encouraged to explore culture through photographic portraiture. They are asked whether we can truly judge a book by its cover and whether readings of portraits can be disrupted by the use of text, colour, context and other photographic elements. They will have a series of lectures that will explore what culture means and how it has been represented by those within and outside the culture being represented

    • Contemporary Photography in Context (WEYM2036)

      This module looks at contemporary photography practices from around the world. Students will be engaging with a broad range of global photographers, they will look at how photography has evolved from being the dominion of mainly white, middle-class, educated males to something much more fluid, less easily defined. In this module students are introduced to a wide range of photographic theories and related discourses. They develop more advanced critical skills, including analysis and evaluation, and the application of theoretical concepts to photographic practice, as well as academic writing and research skills

    • Photobook Project (WEYM2037)

      Students explore practice within photobook photographic practice and design as well as developing a self-initiated project. Work is presented in bookwork and sequential editorial format and the relationship between individual practice, ideas and the context of others' work is continued

    • Professional Development (WEYM2038)

      Students expand their professional practice within the photographic creative arts, evaluating their personal skill sets and those of other roles in the creative arts professions. Work is presented in a report and a presentation on their chosen experience and will analyse the area of the creative arts they have experienced

    • Self-Directed Project (WEYM2039)

      This module presents an opportunity to build on previous experiences in order to further develop personal creative skills and interests within the context of contemporary photographic practices and should be a culmination of the two years work that the students have produced

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply
For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 
Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/study-guide/progression-to-honours-degree

Our partnership with Weymouth College
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Weymouth College

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