Bridging Courses: A Route to HE Study

Re-Approaching Photography

Summary

This Bridging: Re-Approaching Photography course is designed specifically for those who have extensive professional experience with photography, but need to further develop their critical, academic skills in the subject to equip them for the challenges of undergraduate study in photography. It is a challenging course that will encourage you to consider the photographic image in all of the many diverse ways it is used and consumed. The course encourages you to reflect critically upon your own photographic practice and help your articulate a critical voice on the subject of contemporary photography.

As a ‘Bridging’ course, it serves as an introduction for those with existing practical skills but who might not yet have explored and developed their critical/academic abilities. To assist you in attaining these abilities in preparation for Higher Education study, this course contains an additional 6th part and tutorial point to help you prepare a successful APEL application. The fee of £1,075 includes the cost of an APEL application.

Course fees

Bridging: Re-approaching Photography (cohort or traditional non-cohort model), usual course fees

£1,075 in full or £325.00 deposit followed by 8 x £100.00 monthly instalments (£50.00 instalment fee included)

20 % discount available up to 12 January 2018 (cohort or traditional)

This course will be running initially as a trial course, and as such there will be a 20% discount available until 12 January 2018. Therefore the following pricing will apply between now and 5pm on 12 January 2018.

£860 in full or £310.00 deposit followed by 6 x £100.00 monthly instalments (£50.00 instalment fee included)

Course unit aims

This Photography course aims to:

  • Explore a broad range of contemporary practices in photography.
  • Introduce you to research skills and key ideas in photography.
  • Use critical thinking and reflective writing skills to develop your learning.
  • Develop your ability to read and evaluate your own and other practitioners’ photographs.
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Course unit outcomes

On satisfactory completion of this photography course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the broad range of contemporary practices in photography.
  • Apply your research skills to explore the theoretical underpinnings of photography.
  • Apply your understanding of contemporary photography to your own practice.
  • Reflect upon your own learning experience.

Course Sample

To get an idea of what the course covers and how it is structured, please download and look through the sample PDF.

Bridging e-approaching Photography sample

The Open College of the Arts is the distance learning college of the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist art and design universities.

“Studying with the OCA has stretched my horizons. I now feel my work has a greater sense of my personal presence and I can communicate my ideas creatively.”

 

John Umney, Photography student

Programme Leader for Photography

Jesse Alexander

I studied Photography at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design (now part of the UCA) and completed a Masters degree in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport in 2008. The culmination of this programme was a book and an installation exploring our relationship to the subterranean environment. This is a strand of my broader interest in landscape photography as critical contemporary practice.

Creative careers

The creative sector employs 1.9 million people in the UK alone.

By studying this course, you will be well positioned to move on to OCA’s BA (Hons) Photography degree. With our flexible distance learning Photography degree, you can kick-start your career in the creative industries by working part-time or doing an internship whilst gaining your academic qualifications at the same time.

Photographers and digital artists typically work, often freelance, in publishing, journalism, public relations, advertising, design studios, teaching, media and broadcasting. Photography careers on offer range from commercial photography, through newspaper and magazine photojournalism to more specific areas such as scientific photography, medical photography and culinary photography. Whatever your aspiration, the OCA’s BA (Hons) Photography degree will prepare you for working in any one of these photography careers that are available to graduates.

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Bridging Courses: A Route to HE Study

Re-Approaching Photography

Summary

This Bridging: Re-Approaching Photography course is designed specifically for those who have extensive professional experience with photography, but need to further develop their critical, academic skills in the subject to equip them for the challenges of undergraduate study in photography. It is a challenging course that will encourage you to consider the photographic image in all of the many diverse ways it is used and consumed. The course encourages you to reflect critically upon your own photographic practice and help your articulate a critical voice on the subject of contemporary photography.

As a ‘Bridging’ course, it serves as an introduction for those with existing practical skills but who might not yet have explored and developed their critical/academic abilities. To assist you in attaining these abilities in preparation for Higher Education study, this course contains an additional 6th part and tutorial point to help you prepare a successful APEL application. The fee of £1,075 includes the cost of an APEL application.

Course unit aims

This Photography course aims to:

  • Explore a broad range of contemporary practices in photography.
  • Introduce you to research skills and key ideas in photography.
  • Use critical thinking and reflective writing skills to develop your learning.
  • Develop your ability to read and evaluate your own and other practitioners’ photographs.

Course unit outcomes

On satisfactory completion of this photography course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the broad range of contemporary practices in photography.
  • Apply your research skills to explore the theoretical underpinnings of photography.
  • Apply your understanding of contemporary photography to your own practice.
  • Reflect upon your own learning experience.
Course sample

To get an idea of what the course covers and how it is structured, please download and look through the sample PDF.

Download Course Sample

The Open College of the Arts is the distance learning college of the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist art and design universities.

“Studying with the OCA has stretched my horizons. I now feel my work has a greater sense of my personal presence and I can communicate my ideas creatively.”

 

John Umney, Photography student

Programme Leader for Photography

Jesse Alexander

I studied Photography at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design (now part of the UCA) and completed a Masters degree in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport in 2008. The culmination of this programme was a book and an installation exploring our relationship to the subterranean environment. This is a strand of my broader interest in landscape photography as critical contemporary practice.

Creative careers

The creative sector employs 1.9 million people in the UK alone.

By studying this course, you will be well positioned to move on to OCA’s BA (Hons) Photography degree. With our flexible distance learning Photography degree, you can kick-start your career in the creative industries by working part-time or doing an internship whilst gaining your academic qualifications at the same time.
Photographers and digital artists typically work, often freelance, in publishing, journalism, public relations, advertising, design studios, teaching, media and broadcasting. Photography careers on offer range from commercial photography, through newspaper and magazine photojournalism to more specific areas such as scientific photography, medical photography and culinary photography. Whatever your aspiration, the OCA’s BA (Hons) Photography degree will prepare you for working in any one of these photography careers that are available to graduates.

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