Our one year course is designed to build on the knowledge and technical skills gained during an HND or equivalent in Photography.

BA Commercial Photography

The course allows you to develop your skills of enterprise, innovation and creativity; key themes running throughout our syllabus.

You will learn through specialist projects and collaborative opportunities with external agencies and cross course activities. Projects will test the intellectual and creative application of your ideas and you will be introduced to new business concepts to develop your abilities in team and individual projects. 

A Contextual Studies programme provides a strong theoretical and cultural framework to support commercial practice and you will have the opportunity to take elective modules that allow progress to the BA (Hons) Communication Design course.

Award

BA

UCAS Code

W641

Course Dates

September

Course Length

1 Year

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic School

Gray's School of Art

This one year course deals with a wide range of commercial contexts including practical photographic projects, a final major project, critical and contextual written work, professional design studies and business modules.

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
Route A - Standard Route
  • Critical and Contextual Studies (Commercial Context)
  • Commercial Practice (Diagnostic Elective Projects)
  • Professional Design Studies
    Route B - For students electing to articulate to BA Hons Communication Design
  • Critical and Contextual Studies (Commercial Context)
  • Commercial Practice (Diagnostic Elective Projects)
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Exploring Critical Themes
  • Professional Design Studies
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Standard Route
  • Critical and Contextual Studies (Research Context)
  • Commercial Practice (Final Major Project)
  • Business Practice In The Creative Industries
    Route B - For students electing to articulate with BA Hons Communication Design
  • Critical and Contextual Studies (Research Context)
  • Commercial Practice (Final Major Project)
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Research & Enquiry
    Semester 3

    You will combine creative, visual and intellectual skills with technical expertise, in order to work within today's evolving creative industries. You will already be competent photographers through previous study to HND level.

    Practical project work in Semester one introduces a ‘diagnostic’ approach where you are facilitated to choose projects related to your identified strengths and interests through to Semester two where you will build on this experience with a Final Major Project. Throughout the course you will also undertake a programme of theoretical study as well as business planning.

    The class size is normally 20-25 max and is a full time course delivered over two full days of study.

    Staff delivering this course

    Staff teaching on this course are Mick Eason, Course Leader from Grays School of Art, who will provide contextual input, while Steve Smith and Colin Thom, Associate Lecturers at Grays and Nescol will provide practical delivery. Iain Morrison from Communication Design supports on Professional Design Studies and Graham Grant, supports on the Business delivery.

    There is also input from industry experts during the Professional Design Studies and the Guest@Grays Lecture programme. Some sessions are also delivered by Study Skills staff and technician support in studio, darkroom and print usage.

    Facilities

    • Photography Studio
    • University Library
    • Specialist Mac Suite
    • Student Support Services 

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed:

    • One Written Assignment, including essay
    • One Report
    • One Project Output
    • Two Oral Assessments
    • One Practical Skills Assessment
    • Two Group Critiques
    • One Portfolio

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic writing
    • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths and statistics
    • English language
    • Information technology support

    More on Study Support

    Alternative Qualifications: Those who may not hold the standard qualifications, are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the University during open days or the Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.

    Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3, subject to meeting conditions criteria and successfully passing the selection. Find out more about Degree Link.

    Advanced Entry: All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

    Interview/Portfolio Review: Suitable applicants will be invited in with their portfolio for an informal review/discussion with academic staff. This allows students to meet staff, see the teaching environment and allows the School to explore your ambitions through informal discussion. You may also be invited to attend an interview.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

    Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,360 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,500 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,500 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9,367 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9300 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online:

    Apply online via UCAS

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    You will gain the skills and confidence that are needed to become a successful self-employed freelance photographer. The fields that are covered will allow you to explore the following: advertising, corporate, food, fashion and sport (studio-based and location-based). 

    After completing the course students have predominantly gone on to start up new photographic businesses and gain employment with local photography companies. They have also secured employment within Higher Education institutions. 

    Students have re-located to work in London with major fashion photographers whilst others have travelled to secure internships in New York and London after graduation.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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