FdA Photography (UCAS code 09V4)

This Foundation degree aims to help you develop the creative, critical and personal skills needed in the highly competitive and rapidly changing world of professional Creative Practice. The course and study methods allow you to engage with the contemporary issues and the modern practices which are transforming the production and consumption of photography. This qualification runs alongside the FdAs in Media, Graphic Design and Fine Art, offering you opportunities for cross-disciplinary debate and shared experiences. Input from local, regional and national practitioners is provided throughout the year.

Level 4 (year 1 for full-time students) develops visual culture, visual research, photography skills, journeys of imagination

Level 5 (year 2 for full-time students) begins the process of production practices, studio practice, curation, major practice and research project planning

Most modules count for 15 academic credits although some, such as the Visual Research in the first year, are double weighted and count for 30 credits. Each credit equates to the total of 2 teaching, learning and assessment hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, and assessment activity.

Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 240 credits for the foundation degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course is based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 4 and 5.

The full-time and part-time course has one start point in September.

A copy of the rules and regulations governing this course are available here http://www.glos.ac.uk/docs/download/Business/academic-regulations-for-taught-provision.pdf

Duration: Two years (Full-time), four years (Part-time)

Mode of Study: Full-time & Part-time

Course Fee (2017/18): £6,000 per year (Full-time); £3,000 per year (Part-time)

Please see http://www.ycuc.ac.uk/FeesFunding.html for further information relating to fees.

How will I be assessed?:


The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice of ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessment) and 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

Note: You must achieve a pass mark of 40 and above in all Year 1 modules as a prerequisite, before progression to Year 2 modules.

Awarding Body: University of Gloucestershire

Example Content: Visual Culture, Visual Research, Journeys of Imagination : Photography, Photography Skills, Studio Practice, Professional Practice.

Entry Requirements: You need the equivalent of 48 UCAS tariff points from one or more GCE/A Level, a relevant Level 3 qualification or a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design or substantial recent practical experience, a portfolio of work and appropriate language and numeracy skills. Applications from current professional practitioners are welcomed.

How do I apply? For the part-time route, apply direct to Yeovil College University Centre by calling 01935 845454 or emailing university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk

For the full-time route, please apply through UCAS. (Institution name: YEOV. Institute Code: Y25, course code 09V4).