Develop your individual creative ability with the support of dedicated practitioners and tutors who have extensive experience in the field
Explore a range of professional photographic specialisms
Emphasis on hybrid, experimental and trans-media platforms
Photography plays a crucial role in contemporary art practice, as well as wider social applications and cultural functions. The course supports the development of your own visual language while enhancing your knowledge and understanding of the broad visual, cultural and theoretical contexts in which contemporary photographers operate.
By providing you with a solid foundation in photographic theory and practice, this course will offer you the opportunity to take risks, explore ideas and realise your creative potential. The course aims to create flexible, resourceful and creative photographers with well-developed transferable skills, that can be applied to a broad range of commercial, commerce and art based careers.
You will work with industry-standard equipment and studios to support you from image capture through to exhibition. You will learn to apply a range of practical contemporary photographic and digital skills in order to explore the creative and intellectual potential of existing, experimental and digital photographic techniques and their application within the creative arts and media industries.
Some of the career routes that photography graduates go on to include, archivists, assistants, art directors, curators, digital artists, exhibiting photographers, freelancers, picture researchers, printers, retouches, studio managers, teachers, videographers. You will also have the potential to move across into related careers in marketing, branding, technical support and PR.
This is a broad-based course which provides you with the opportunity, skills and knowledge to become a flexible, creative, contemporary lens-based communicator. The course is designed to support the development of creative photographic practitioners, with a particular focus on digital media contexts, production and dissemination.
Drawing upon Salford School of Art & Design's reputation for engagement with new media, the BA Photography embraces the expanded field of digital photography and its applications to future individual, cultural and employment needs.
You will learn to apply a range of practical contemporary photographic and digital skills in order explore the creative and intellectual potential of existing, experimental and digital photographic techniques and their application within the creative arts and media industries.
You will study a critical history of visual language, and become able to articulate and contextualise your ideas using appropriate visual, written and oral languages.
The course supports both studio and non-studio based practice and offers a range of applied skills exploring the dynamic relationship between contemporary critical theory and current photographic trends.
As you progress through the levels you will have the opportunity to develop your own visual language, while additionally developing your knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of marketing and management within the creative industries.
You will be introduced to a series of skills sets which reflect the nature of contemporary photographic practice while the course develops your understanding of the broad visual, cultural and theoretical contexts in which contemporary photographers operate.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|Foundation Diploma in Art and Design||Pass = 80 (plus other additional qualifications to a total of 96pts)|
|GCSE||English and Maths GCSE grade C|
|UCAS tariff points||96 - 112 points, including an art and design subject|
|GCE A level||96 - 112 points, including an art and design subject|
|BTEC National Diploma||MMM - DMM|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||Applicants may be considered for entry on to year 2|
|Foundation Degree||Applicants may be considered for entry into year 3|
|Scottish Highers||96 - 112 points including Art & Design related subjects|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||112 points including Art & Design related subjects|
|International Baccalaureate||26 points including Art & Design related subjects|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
English Language Requirements
University of Salford English Language Test with an overall score equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (70 – 79)
You should have a good range of academic qualifications combined with an appropriate portfolio of work, clearly evidencing ideas and concept driven work.
The ideal student studying this course should be passionate regarding the subject matter and possess a high degree of self motivation.
You should possess both commitment and drive in addition to an appreciation of historical and contemporary practice.
You need to understand that the program is challenging and requires a mature approach. We are looking for students who demonstrate a broad spectrum of relative skills and talents as they apply to the changing nature of the practice of photography.
As part of the selection process, you will usually be invited to submit an online portfolio of your work. Following this you may be invited for interview with your portfolio.
Students learn through a mixture of practice and theory-based activities. These will include:
Blackboard - a virtual learning environment where teaching materials and announcements are available for students to consult. This is accessible both on and off-campus
Assessment will be mainly based on project work, presentation and on the ability to incorporate feedback. Likewise, students are anticipated to supplement their work skills through team-building, communication and self-management exercises.
Photography graduates could go on to be exhibiting photographers, lecturers, art directors, conservators, arts administrators, digital artists, picture researchers, studio managers or even running their own practice. Graduates will also have the potential to move across into related careers in marketing, branding, museum curatorial, project management, technical support and PR.
Job opportunities for photography graduates include exhibiting photographers, lecturers, art directors, digital artists, picture researchers or studio managers. You will also have the potential to move into related careers in marketing, museum curation, project management, technical support and PR.
You will meet industry professionals, including guest speakers, curators, artists, organisers and/or affiliated non-profit organisations involved in the promotion of photography. Guest lecturers are incorporated into the curriculum and are key to expanding your knowledge and enabling a broad understanding of the options available in the photographic field.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
Optional costs may include £150 for field trips and £250 for a European visit per year. In addition, students will be required to pay from £100 for show participation in their final year. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time