South Devon College

FdA Film and Photography

Everything at University Centre South Devon (UCSD) is designed to maximise your employability and future career opportunities. Courses are created with local employers to ensure you learn industry-relevant skills and are delivered in small classes with regular one-to-one support, covering a range of study skills – it’s no wonder we’re recognised as a leading institution in the National Student Survey.

In 2017 UCSD was awarded ‘Gold’, the highest level possible, by the Teaching Excellence Framework which recognises outstanding teaching within our university-level curriculum.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • SOUD1516 Developing Collaborative Practice

      This module requires a student to identify collaborative opportunities, live or simulated, and work within agreed parameters to pitch and produce creative content. Students will record the development, communications and process in a portfolio. This will develop a greater awareness of working with others, project management, negotiation and interaction with collaborators and intellectual property.

    • SOUD1517 Digital Tools: Software, Systems and Applications

      Introduction to industry standard digital tools including sculpting, sketching, 2D and 3D graphics, also emerging technology. Students will gain practical knowledge to understand and apply fundamental principles in the use of digital technologies and their application in a wider context. The workshop skills of this module will be applied in the practical assignments.

    • SOUD1518 Introductory Skills (Film and Photography)

      An introductory film and photography module that will explore the techniques used in a range of camera formats. Effective shooting skills and conventions of all stages of production will be practised through the processing of captured material

    • SOUD1519 Documentary

      This module will explore the theoretical and cultural context of documentary practice, in order to inform practical exercises in a range of formats. The moral and ethical framework of the genre will be investigated alongside a critical analysis of historical practitioners and their motivations.

    • SOUD1520 Narrative

      This module will explore the techniques and conventions of narrative development. The application of these skills will be used through both formal and creative approaches to pitch and produce a script. Students will be introduced to industry practice in script formatting and will produce practical responses to storytelling through the production of a script which could be utilised for Producing and Directing at Level 5.

    • SOUD1521 Understanding Contextual Referencing

      Students will be given the opportunity to examine the underlying theoretical concerns of their practice, to understand the historical and contemporary contexts for creative practice, and develop a range of research and communications skills which can be used to inform sustained critical reflection and personal creative development.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SOUD2472 Producing and Directing for Screen

      This module places the student in a central role for a moving image project where they will engage with a complex, multi-layered communication process. Techniques involved in directing and producing films will be investigated. The module will be a collaborative project with actors and technical crew. The focus will be on the communication of the director's vision and production of a film.

    • SOUD2473 Negotiated Research

      The module will explore and analyse the cultural context of creative work and will examine issues that may impact on current and future practice. The content will support the development and production of an individually researched and produced essay

    • SOUD2474 Professional Engagement

      Students will work in a manner that reflects industry practice in their chosen area developing skills of collaboration and negotiation. The ability to interact with outside agencies to reach solutions and meet deadlines is central to this module. A multi-disciplinary approach to development and creative production will be encouraged, underpinned by recognised professional practice.

    • SOUD2475 Final Major Project

      The Final Major Project provides a vehicle to demonstrate the accumulated skills and greater independence of students. Through negotiation and approval, students will evidence their ability to manage a project, from initiation through to creative outcome. Students will be encouraged to explore and integrate a range of processes and practices including platforms for exhibition of work.

    • SOUD2476 Portraiture

      This module will explore the theoretical context and stylistic approaches of portrait photography, in order to inform practical exercises in photographing people. The module will explore classic and innovative approaches to portraiture in photography to inform practice.

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.

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

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Our partnership with South Devon 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 South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College