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Professional Photography BA

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 9

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2021

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Course overview

BA Professional Photography is a unique degree level course designed to test and develop skills in contemporary and commissioned photography. Push your creative potential as you immerse yourself in the art of professional photography and learn the wealth of skills needed to enter this fast-paced and competitive industry. This course is unique in Scotland as it is accredited by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) as well as endorsed by the Association of Photographers. 

You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers in state-of-the-art Edinburgh College photography studios using a mix of analogue and high-end digital formats. These will include; green-screen rooms, an infinity wall, dark rooms and a drive-in facility suitable for shooting vehicles, advertising and fashion. There is an equipment store containing a large range of industry standard equipment available for loan including top-of-the-range cameras, lenses and tripods. You will receive guest lectures from the best in the business and opportunities for work experience will be made available. Here you will make essential industry connections for your future career. 

Our ethos is to combine creativity and technical excellence to achieve success in an ever-changing industry. This course is benchmarked by the achievements of our graduates, many of whom are multi-award winners in national and international photography competitions. Some of our most successful graduates work with world-renowned photographers all over the world. Most of our graduates become employed, self-employed or progress on to postgraduate study. 

 Please see Information on Tests/Auditions/Interview Requirements below.  And contact Jon.Lee@edinburghcollege.ac.uk should you have any further questions.

What you will learn

  • Major Project
  • Photographic Practice
  • Professional Set Projects
  • Photography Business Strategy
  • Creative Collaboration Project
  • Critical Studies

How the course is assessed

  • This course is assessed by continual assessment through set course modules
  • You will undertake a range of practical assignment briefs and concentrate on developing a body of work that will showcase your creative and technical skills
  • Contribution to individual tutorials, group tutorials and seminars
  • A final developed portfolio of work, written essays and reports

Number of days per week

  • 3 days per week

Entry requirements

  • HND Photography with an A or B pass in Graded Unit 2 or an international equivalent
  • A portfolio of work

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

Portfolio Submission Instructions 2021 

Once you have submitted your application the next stage of the application process is to send a link to your portfolio images and written statement.

Portfolio submission starts on Monday 29th March.

Please send in a portfolio of 10 digital images and a written statement of intention using the digital sharing service Transfer Now, https://www.transfernow.net/en/ and send them to jon.lee@edinburghcollege.ac.uk and CRI@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

Transfernow will automatically email you when the upload has been successful and also inform you of the day it was downloaded at the other end.

Portfolio Guidance 

Your digital portfolio should be a selection of your best final HND work and consist of work which reflects your intended specialism i.e. fashion, advertising, photojournalism, documentary or images from personal projects etc.

These images can come from individual Units and/or work made from Graded Unit 2 if your college ran this assessment. It is important you name your files “yourname_image1.jpg”, “yourname_image2.jpg” etc as we will be receiving many files and need to keep track of them. Images to be sent will be 300ppi and saved as jpg. 

Written Statement Guidance 

This will be a written statement of intention, stating what specialism of photography you intend to further develop on the BA course. You should comment on what you know about this specialism, what research you have done, which professional practitioners inspire you, and which of your portfolio images best demonstrate your skills in this specialism. Indicate specific skills you have i.e. digital imaging, studio lighting, location lighting, research etc. Use Microsoft Word and name your file “yourname.docx”.  Upload this along with your 10 images.

Timescale 

Once you have submitted your application the next stage of the application process is to send a link to your portfolio images and written statement.

Portfolio submission starts on Monday 29th March.

If you have any issues with access to IT for any of the above please feel free to email jon.lee@edinburghcollege.ac.uk – BA Professional Photography Course Leader.

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English Proficiency Requirements IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • BA Honours at a variety of universities
  • Further study at postgraduate level

 

 

Career options

Freelance employment in:

  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Corporate photojournalism
  • Image editing
  • Social and wedding
  • Forensics
  • Picture editing

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Full time 30/08/21 41 Weeks

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