Digital photography is one of the most dynamic mediums within the creative industries; it has become one of the dominant forces in shaping and defining contemporary society. Demand for the visual is at an optimum and never before has so much power been given to the still or moving digital image within our culture. Our unique undergraduate course focuses specifically on the use of digital technologies within the photographic industry.
Why Study Digital Photography with us?
Our course is designed for you to use practical skills, knowledge and critical application of digital photography in direct correlation with how the image (still and moving) is currently being created, shared, distributed, and sold, be it in a regional, national or international visual economy. We aim to provide you with the ability to enter this economy, and to act as a site of critical debate around the issues that this continually evolving visual market raises.
You will develop critical visual and photographic commercial skills and knowledge to support your entry into employment and/or further higher level study or research.
|Typical Entry||104 UCAS points|
|GCE A Level||
104 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - CCC/BCC
BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM
Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
OCR National Extended Diploma - Merit 2
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
Year 1 (Level 4) lays the groundwork for you to be able to work professionally and independently. It will introduce you to the essential practical skills of digital photography and underpin them with relevant theory. It will also provide you with an understanding of the fields of documentary, studio, fashion, advertising photography and multimedia photojournalism.
What will I learn?
In Year 2 (Level 5), you will develop the skills and creativity required to work in the photographic industry. We will introduce you to core areas within the global photographic economy and the issues facing freelancers in this expanding market, along with business approaches and social media contexts as a media creative professional.
What will I learn?
Year 3 (Level 6) will be carried out in a highly professional working environment. The aim is to equip you with the skills and expertise to enable you to pursue a career within photography and its wider creative industries. You will work on self-initiated and directed projects in which you must develop and manage professional photographic assignments, understand the complexity of the creative digital photographic economy in which your work would appear, and appreciate the need for comprehensive research, planning and budgets.
" The course is a fantastic way to embrace understanding photographic imagery, contextual critical theory, and engagement with industry through diverse production outputs."
How will I be taught?
You will be given the support to develop a range of skills in digital photography in order to produce a portfolio of individual work across a range of photographic disciplines. You will be able to hone your skills and knowledge in lighting, shooting and post-production, leading to the production of work that will evidence your abilities to potential commissioners in the creative world.
You will also have the opportunity to work in a range of genres, and respond to a range of potential outlets and commissioners. You will quickly begin to develop a personal approach to your work, and also begin to explore your future in terms of work beyond the classroom.
Our facilities include Mac labs, a digital darkroom and a studio, which are available 24/7. You will be able to work with a range of 35mm HDSLRs with additional sound recording equipment, location lighting and high-end digital medium format equipment.
Staff will be available throughout to give formal and informal developmental feedback on all your work.
There are approximately 200 learning hours per 20-credit module, of which 48 will be contact hours.
How will I be assessed?
Work is presented for submission in a variety of forms including: presentation, physical portfolio, online portfolio, still image, moving image, essay. Discussion also takes place within seminars and tutorials to support work for submission and assessment.
Work Based Learning
As part of your studies you may take our Work Based Learning module, where you will be fully supported in securing a work placement of at least 150 hours, which you may be able to use in trying out a future career. Alternatively, you may wish to undertake Experiential Overseas Learning, where you can take advantage of our long-established links with organisations worldwide. Most students have the opportunity to undertake either one of these options as an integral part of their undergraduate course.
Fees and Funding
The University’s tuition fee for UK/EU students starting a full-time undergraduate degree in 2017 is £9,250 a year. For part-time study, the tuition fee is £1,540 per module.
The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact Martina Ferrari at email@example.com for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
The Warrington Campus combines the best of long-established university traditions with up-to-the-minute modern developments.
Warrington: a Community Campus
The Warrington Campus provides a close-knit community, innovative courses, and a strong focus on employability and transferable skills. The thirty-acre site provides excellent academic and social facilities for both residential and commuting undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Warrington: a diverse Campus
At Warrington, we offer a number of different courses facilitating a wide range of future careers. The courses available can be broadly separated into three main subject areas: the Creative Industries, Warrington School of Management, and Public Sector.
With a number of creative industries based in the North West of England, now is a great time to gain the skills you need to pursue a career in this evolving industry. Our Warrington Campus provides students with a wide variety of courses, 24-hour studio access, and industry active academics. We aim to provide you with the skills and experience you need to excel in your future career.
Business and Management
The Warrington School of Management prides itself on its varied and innovative approach to teaching, exploring a range of general areas as well as more specialised subjects. You may have the opportunity to undertake a work-based learning placement in Year 2, or a year’s paid placement, ensuring you have the vocational experience to back up your academic achievement.
The Public Sector
We have a wide range of courses available for students looking to develop a career in the public sector. From practically orientated Sport and Community courses (with built-in coaching opportunities), professionally linked Nursing, Social Work and PGCE courses, to uniform Policing courses; we’ve got a selection of courses for you to choose from. Our excellent support network, wide-ranging placements, and our dedication to interdisciplinary work makes Warrington a fantastic place to start your career.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
The town of Warrington is becoming increasingly well-known for its innovative and diverse schedule of events and performance, including live concerts, theatre, variety shows, cabaret and comedy. Parr Hall is the town's premier venue for live music, while Pyramid is a leading centre for the arts.
The town centre is host to a wide selection of clubs, pubs and bars to suit all tastes, ranging from the hip and trendy to the traditional tavern. Whether you're into house, hip hop, indie, rock or jazz, you'll always find somewhere you'll love.
Warrington is well-known for the Warrington Wolves rugby league club, one of the premier teams in Europe and were recent winners of the Challenge Cup for two years running.
Warrington is particularly well-placed for students who enjoy a trip to the city, situated half an hour from the cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Chester.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.