Exeter College

FdA Photography

Recognised as one of the leading further education college in the country, we offer small class sizes and one-to-one support. We offer courses delivered by friendly staff with industry experience. We offer modern, specialist, acclaimed learning resource centres. The result of studying with us? You earn a nationally and internationally recognised qualification awarded by Plymouth University. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • ECPA124 Creative Photographic Practice

      This module is a culmination of the Stage 1 learning, allowing you to integrate your technical and theoretical knowledge in a creative environment. After a series of introductory assignments you will produce a proposal for study and concentrate on all organisational matters whilst being expected to work to a professional level. The focus during this module is on you to identify, establish and then develop an appropriate photographic process in order for you to successfully realise your intentions.

    • ECPA125 Photography in Context

      This module will introduce you to debates, issues and theories in contemporary imaging. Using case studies, photography and established theories about mass media it will place contemporary practices in context. It will introduce you to the basic skills of investigation and analysis which underpins the theoretical and practical aspects of this programme.

    • ECPA126 Collaborative Practice

      This module will enable you to acquire an appropriate understanding of the use of allegory, metaphor and fictional devices applied to photographic representation and how they relate to observed & constructed image making. Through relevant research you will expand your awareness of contemporary practices. There will be a focus during this module on the awareness, management and development of collaborative practice and situating your work in appropriate contexts.

    • ECPA127 Professional Photographic Contexts

    • ECPA128 Specialist Photographic Processes

      Through practical projects you will develop skills in studio based photographic practice and the control of artificial lighting as well as the processing and production of your work. Workshops introduce new equipment and methodologies related to professional studio operation and organisation, and proficiency of output. You will be introduced to practices related to the constructed photographic image and encouraged to continue to develop your ability to work conceptually.

    • ECPA129 Introduction to Photographic Practices

      This module will provide you with a practical introduction to the technical equipment needed for the production of photographic work and theoretical considerations. It will introduce you to the faculty¿s resources, staff, photographic and image making facilities. Through practical assignments you will be introduced to practices related to observed photography and principles of photographic image production, and encouraged to develop your ability to work conceptually.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • ECPA226 Progression and Independent Practice

      This module prepares you for progression to an honours level of study or for further professional career development. Through practical project work within self-negotiated assignments students will consolidate their personal direction. You will consult with your lecturers to resolve specific tasks, research and objectives as determined by your interests and aspirations.

    • ECPA227 Image Production and Interpretation

      This module consolidates your engagement with debates, issues and theories in photographic practices. It builds a deeper awareness of the links between the past and the present and encourages critical thinking about the contemporary position of these media in society. The module continues to extend research, criticality, essay writing and presentation skills.

    • ECPA228 Advanced Photographic Practices

      Through workshops and practical projects you will build on the experiences of Stage 1. This module will provide a balance between theoretical and practical learning, emphasising the processes involved in sophisticated image making and production. You will extend your knowledge of contemporary and professional photographic practices within art and design working to an externally set brief that will culminate in a group exhibition of your work.

    • ECPA229 Professional Development

      This module encourages you to identify and then aim to establish a professional photographic identity through the creation of a portfolio of work, event or appropriate photography related project and build on the skills, contacts, resources and abilities needed to succeed within your chosen field. This module provides further opportunity for the extension of individual professional portfolios and the production of selfpromotional material.

    • ECPA230 Specialist Photographic Contexts

      During this module you will embark upon a self-negotiated photographic project culminating in the creation of a bookwork. Technical workshops and critiques will introduce you to the skills and resources needed to select and edit work, and design and create a bookwork relevant to specific contexts. You will develop your skills in critical reflection, and self-evaluation and build on previous experiences as well as your ability to relate your professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

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

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.



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 Exeter 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 Partners 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. 

Studying with Exeter College

We’re proud of our awards – and you can be proud of your education with us. In 2012 we were recognised as the leading further education college in the country after winning two Times Educational Supplement FE Awards.

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