City of Bristol College

FdA Professional Photography

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Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Photographic Techniques (PPB101)

      This module gives the opportunity to develop and improve basic photographic and imaging techniques, providing a platform for future modules; these techniques may be new or familiar, depending on previous experience.

    • Visual Language (PPB102)

      This module introduces concepts of visual language in photography, and the practical use of visual codes to create subjective and symbolic content in photographic imagery.

    • Professional Studies (PPB104)

      This module covers the key aspects of professional practice, business skills and ethics required for working in the photographic industry; it is expected that these principles will be developed and applied throughout later modules.

    • Silver-Based Imaging (PPB105)

      This module further develops photographic imaging using silver-based materials and technology; including the use and understanding of 5x4 camera and lens systems, and the skills and knowledge associated with darkroom work. Much of this knowledge underpins digital photography as well as silver-based.

    • Digital Imaging (PPB106)

      This module covers the fundamentals of digital image capture, storage, processing and workflow, and gives an introduction to image manipulation and colour management.

    • Studio Photography (PPB107)

      This module develops students studio photography skills and knowledge, enabling them to use more complex lighting setups and work with a range of subjects and materials.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Professional Development (COBC2166)

      In this module students reflect on their achievements and learning during the programme and, make plans for what they will progress on to after completion; the module also allows for the, building of a suitable portfolio for progression, and participation in the programmes end of year exhibition.

    • Location Photography (PPB201)

      This module extends students understanding of the factors involved in photography on location, and allows them to apply this in the design and production of a body of location photographs.

    • Critical Paper (PPB202)

      This module enables students to define an area of research related to their specialism, and gives them the critical understanding and communication skills to undertake that research and present it to an audience.

    • Specialist Practice (PPB203)

      This module progresses students from set assignments to self-devised, and allows the development of practice in their chosen photographic specialism.

    • Independent Practice (PPB204)

      This module allows students to continue their independent self-development, and produce a body of specialist work which represents a culmination of their photographic work on this programme.

    • Mediation (PPB206)

      This module enables students to put their work into the public arena, using means and media chosen by discussion with their tutor. This might include setting up a website, holding an exhibition, producing, publishing and distributing material, or other methods.

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

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

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

Our partnership with City of Bristol 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 City of Bristol College

One of the largest colleges in the UK, we offer the widest range of career-focused, higher education courses in the area. With most of our courses based in our dedicated University Centre, you’ll enjoy expert tuition and a supportive learning environment.
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