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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Joint Honours study in photography allows you to develop a key skill set that is applicable to a wide range of career choices. 

There is hardly an area of cultural production that does not harness the power of photography in one way or another. Whether it is to document, illustrate, interpret, show, tell or simply for its own sake, photographs are central to much of the professional and vernacular communication we use.

One might ask why study photography at all - surely modern cameras are capable of handling most of the situations we find ourselves in? The answer is simple, cameras only record images, it takes a thorough understanding of the process of image making to control and understand photographs in the way that a modern society demands.   

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The key to understanding the value of photographic education is to understand what being a photographer means. The value comes, not from having a camera or from using it but from making the decisions required to make and control the image process. One can see this in many documentaries where often photographers do not actually take the picture but make all of the decisions related to the process, how when where what light, what post production is required how the image should be presented etc.  

The importance of this skillset allows you the opportunity to make things happen by developing a dialogic approach to your study where the combination of two subjects leads to a third more personal and specific skillset applicable to your own personal and professional development. 

The programme is as unique as you are and will allow you to develop strategies to respond and navigate change and to promote opportunities for co-creation.

What you will study

Example modules are shown below, the modules available as a Joint Honours student will be dependent on the subject that you combine with. In your first year, modules will be defined for you, and will be dependent on your subject combination to ensure you have the best fit. In your second and third years, module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4CO500

Photographic: History and Theory

This module provides a critical understanding of the various established approaches to histories of photography from pre-history and invention. It will provide a basic knowledge and understanding of a variety of differing uses of photography. The module introduces you to methods of analysing and understanding visual forms, images, and environments. It considers the visual as a form and method of communication and examines the ways in which that communication shapes and is shaped by its context. The module allows you to develop an awareness of the wider professional world of photography from an historical and contemporary perspective and is also designed to develop your skills to enable you to research, write and communicate effectively.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4CO503

Professional Workplace Development

This module provides you with an introduction to the value of Personal Development Planning (PDP) throughout your time of study at University and your career aims together with an awareness of your existing and developing potential within Commercial Photography. Investigation into these areas will provide you with a foundation that informs your personal practice in the photographic sector and your development as a creative practitioner. Emphasis will be placed on reflection, identifying your strengths, areas for personal improvement, skills development and learning needs.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4CO507

Taking and Making Photographs

This module provides a thorough introduction to the process of capturing and presenting images. This module explores the myriad ways in which images can be captured and the ways in which they are viewed.

You will be taught a range of fundamental skills, methods and techniques required for the production of high quality black and white, and analogue images as well as utilising a range of alternative methods for recording images. The aim of the module is to familiarise you with a range of possibilities for making images. Once you have established this understanding of the strengths and weakness of each method of production and dissemination you will be better able to choose the appropriate method for your particular area of study.

The findings will enable you to look for alternative methods of visualisation and to advance your joint studies which are interlinked throughout the course.

The module will also help you orientate yourself in your new department and allow you to become familiar with the staff and facilities available to you throughout your studies on the programme.

Throughout the module you will be required to think independently, imaginatively and take creative risks with your work. You will discuss your images, ideas, research and progress with peers and module tutors to negotiate your approach to image making for the module. As a final submission you will produce a set of images in response to an assignment brief supported by visual research.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4CO508

Historical Inquiry

This module takes a thematic exploration of the past in relation to photographic history. Students will be directed to choose from a number of thematic headings related to their interests and other subjects.

These might form the basis of a cartographic view of historical discourses where photography is either a main or secondary constituent element. In Zoology for example there are a number of different ways in which both photography and animals have been represented though through the years the emphasis has changed from one of collection to preservation and the charting of this exploration should begin a process of guided research and assimilation. These studies and the information they provide will form the basis of the historical underpinning of your studies in both your major and minor subjects.

Through this module you will be guided to examine archives and original sources of photographs and through discussion and debate establish the appropriateness of the images and what they tell us of our own progress and of the subject you are combining studies with.

We will examine a range of different periods and movements and explore the way in which there may be aesthetic or cultural changes and how these overlap with the way in which we view images today and how we may view them in the future.

Your awareness and understanding of photography and its histories will be developed through a carefully structured series of presentations, discussions, workshops and study tasks. You will be guided and encouraged to read, research and explore a number of themes allowing you to form your own innovative approaches to photography and challenge established ideas and beliefs about how and what had been represented and its impact.

Further, you will begin to develop fundamental research skills to help you find confidence to seek out, enquire, select, and interpret information to inform your emerging ideas and contribute to a written study.

This module provides an essential foundation to contextual awareness, critical thinking and research skills that are a key characteristic of the Joint Honours programme.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4CO509

...and Photography and...

The purpose of this module is to enable you to begin to make things happen in your combined area of study. Images are central to many disciplines but how and where will you use yours?

In this module you which is primarily based online it gives you the opportunity to develop, through an online journal, a scrapbook of references where you believe there is an overlap between your main and subsidiary subject. You will explore the areas where there is opportunity for co-collaborative study. You will be asked to develop through the other modules, a dialogue between the subjects and this is the area to explore that.

While the only prerequisite is that you produce a thorough researched journal that asks the questions that you believe need to be answered by study in your disciplines. You will take the first question we asked and attempt to provide a coherent answer “If photography is the answer, what was the question?”

This may be “How is photography used in therapeutic situations in Psychology?” “What happens when I combine images to my creative writing?” “What role does still photography have in the cinema?”

Each of these questions and the many more you will ask will allow you to begin the important process that will aid your successful employment; a thorough understanding of your area of employment (bearing in mind that it may not currently exist) and a familiarity with the people involved, who they are what they do.

The module title reflects the emphasis you place on the role photography has in your disciple and asks you to begin the process of assessing its value to you and your discipline.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5CO509

Vision and Knowledge

This module allows you to combine the skills learnt in the practical and theoretical modules at level four and apply them to different areas of your practice.

You will explore practically the techniques needed to relay whatever message you intend. You will explore the technicalities of image capture and production related to subjects in notional groupings such as people, places and things. You will explore what the technical and practical (economic) requirements are of different methods of capture and evaluate which is the most suitable through a process (methodology) of experimentation. The choice of equipment will come through your understanding of what the merits and limitations of your choices developed from your studies at level 4 in Taking and Making Photographs.

You will also develop your understanding of image modification and be able to direct and ensure the required quality of your visual assets.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5CO510

Moving Stories

As you progress you are actively encouraged to develop a more autonomous and individual creative identity and this module is designed to provide a space in which to explore the opportunity afforded by using one or more images together which may aid you in storytelling or in comparison. You will be shown a range of different practical methods of moving image capture and basic editing techniques.

You will also examine the ways in which images can be used in sequences and, in dialogue with your other joint subject, you will explore those possibilities and reflect on them in a workbook/journal.

Experimentation, dialogue and analysis is key to the success in this module and you will be guided to make the most of the possibilities afforded by the fusion of you combined subjects.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5CO511

Employability and Enterprise

With the rapid hybridisation of the workplace where traditional single routes and careers are increasingly becoming rare this module seek to give you the opportunity to research into the relevant professional practices that occur in the spaces between your own practice and photography.

You will be guided to explore not just the possibilities of your own practice but to understand the needs, wants and desires of that space. For now, we will call it a ‘space’ as it may be that you will find that what you are looking for does not yet exist and you will need to create something unique to fill it.

The emphasis in this module will be on exploring the networks needed to develop your career and to examine the sustainability of the pathways you are developing. Networks are possibly the most important tool in establishing a sustainable career and this will help establish yours.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5CO512

Light Matters

This emphasis in this module will be to experience light and to begin to construct and explore light to enable to bring clarity to your purpose. You will know from your joint studies the way in which your subject is viewed and we will explore what happens when we see things “in a different light”.

This module identifies from the beginning one of the main components of a successful image Light two great philosophers have said:

But no matter which photographic technique is used, there is always one thing, and one thing only, that remains: the light. Photo-graphy: The writing of light. (Jean Baudrillard, 2000)

The image stands at the junction of a light which comes from the object and another which comes from the gaze. (Plato).

The emphasis in both of these quotes is the importance of light and of the imagination of the photographer.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5CO513

Past, Present and Future in Context

This module does what it sets out to do and develops your critical and historical understanding of the relationships between images and your own area of study. We will explore through thematic exploration how an idea, object or topic might have changed and through photographic representation and what that might mean for the future.

The intention of this module is to examine how relationships develop between context, technology and ideology and to open a dialogue about what might come next.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CO500

Writing Photography (Dissertation)

This module asks students to undertake sustained and focused research into aspects of photography’s contemporary practices, histories and or theories. Content includes methods of research, the structuring and presentation of the written dissertation, and methodological issues and case studies relevant to dissertation writing. Assessment is by seminar presentation and dissertation.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CO501

Assignment Photography

Graduates entering the imaging sector need to display an understanding of commercial contexts that affect decision making by different client groups. You will be able to negotiate projects appropriate to your own direction. Live projects may be selected and collaborative links explored.

You are encouraged to initiate innovative and questioning approaches, experiment, consider the ethical implications of your work and resolve forms that generate solutions to projects. You are encouraged to become increasingly aware of the subtle layers of meaning affecting an audience, inherent in your practice. You are required to produce a portfolio of individual practical work. The ability to efficiently plan and research will play a major role in the effectiveness of the individual within the industry, as does a clear understanding of market forces and anticipated change within all creative disciplines.

You will also be required to evidence a good level of research and understanding of historical and contemporary practice in the subject area in support of your outcome.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CO502

Professional Futures

This module is designed to give you the support to establish yourself as a professional practitioner. You will analyse the current business environment in the UK and Europe looking specifically at the area of the photographic sector you intend to enter.

This module provides the students an opportunity to achieve enhanced learning and a sophisticated understanding of the key concepts and aims attached to photography as a whole, and specifically the practice of photography in a commercial environment. This module amplifies the learning achieved at level 5 and will examine self-negotiated working methodologies in the context of professional photographic practice.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CO503

Independent Development Project

This module requires you to present a body of work, which expresses and forms the basis of your professional potential in relation to Commercial Photography. Through an approved, self-motivated project, you are encouraged to work with independence, initiative and confidence.

The module underpins individual advanced critical photographic practice by emphasising the importance of the interrelationship between practice and the ideas, concepts and the contexts which inform that practice. The module also develops a more critical understanding of the role and importance of the display and installation of the work. Content is dependent upon individual practice and is intended to encourage an awareness of relevant contemporary and historical practice, a refinement of appropriate technical skills, and awareness of exhibition and installation strategies.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

This course involves an inspirational mix of studio workshops, group and individual tutorials, seminars and lectures, screenings and peer group critiques. Your learning will be supported by a programme of visiting photographers and trade suppliers who will share their insights into the profession. You’ll also produce a variety of live project work for various clients.

How you will be assessed 

You will be assessed in a variety of ways such as practical photographic projects, written work, oral presentations, group work, work-based learning and independent study. 

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

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Dr Mark Hall
Programme leader

Mark Hall is Subject Lead for Joint Honours Photography and a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Derby.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112*
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For Joint Honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

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UK/EU

£9,250 per year

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International

£14,045 per year

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Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

Our photography graduates pursue career paths in fashion, advertising, documentary, editorial, landscape or picture re-touching and manipulation. This programme will also prepare you for further study at postgraduate level.

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

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Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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