BA (Hons) Photography - Farnham (four-year)
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As you join our community of students, artists and academics, you’ll explore how you can use your talent to shape the future of the world around you, and design a career that inspires you.
Our university is a place for the bold, the curious, the extraordinary - as you’ll see for yourself when you meet your lecturers, technicians and classmates. On your course, you can expect to learn from practicing artists, innovators and researchers, collaborate with students across different creative disciplines, and make connections with industry leaders.
At the end of it all, you’ll graduate with the skills and experience you need to build a successful career doing what you love, in a way that makes a difference.
We believe the world needs more people like you, and we’re delighted to have you with us.
Make your mark. Make it here.
will explore your medium through a serious of lectures, seminars, tutorials and field trips, and work with your tutors to develop a robust critical voice around your practice.
Charis Coke
Course Welcome
Welcome to UCA Farnham, we look forward to you joining our community and greeting you on campus this coming autumn. At UCA, we run a student-centred programme that aims to support, foster and develop your own creative voice. We have a long-established history of teaching in creative arts here at Farnham, and employ innovative teaching practices which we hope will capture your imagination and encourage critical thinking and independent creative practice.
Our Photography course has been at the forefront of some of the most interesting interdisciplinary discussions around photography practices. On the course, you
Your Team
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Charis Coke Programme Director
– John Berger (1972): Ways of Seeing, BBC/Penguin: London. Episodes are available on YouTube.
– Mark Durden (2013): Fifty Key Writers on Photography, Taylor & Frances Group: London
– Ariella Azoulay: Unlearning Decisive Moments of Photography blog on StilL Searching…, Foto Museum
– The British Journal of Photography
– SOURCE Magazine
– It’s Nice That
– 1854 Presents: 1854 Media & British Journal of Photography bring weekly free live (and archived) events, artist talks, Q&As and panel discussions with photographers who shape our visual world.
– Mack Books Live : archived and upcoming artist talks, discussions and studio and library tours from photographers connected to publisher Mack
Trips and Visits
Visits can take place as part of a unit of study or for a year group.
Destinations, duration and prices vary, but you can expect to pay your own travel costs to participate. Advance notice will be given of any associated costs.
In the past, the course has made day exhibition visits within the UK as well as longer optional trips to Paris, Venice Biennale and Berlin, costing between £250 to £500.
Visits may be subject to COVID-19 related travel restrictions.
Reading List
Within the department, students have access to the photography stores, which provide a centre for the loan of specialist photographic equipment (at no charge) including 35mm, digital, medium format and large format cameras, lenses, portable lighting and much more.
A 35mm or digital camera with full manual settings and a tripod will be useful, however if you do not yet have your own it may well be worth waiting until you have borrowed and tried out equipment from the photography stores before you decide what to purchase for yourself.
For exhibitions throughout the course and final graduate shows, material expenses will arise that will vary according to the student projects.
Equipment List
In order to safely store and transport all relevant digital course work between the university digital studios, library and your home/study space, you should purchase a USB Memory stick (8Gb+) and an External FireWire 800 or Thunderbolt Hard Drive (1TB or above).
Students joining the programme are advised to set aside at least £250 a year for the purchase of colour and black and white film and paper materials for analogue and/or digital printing processes.
The University has computing resources which you’ll be able to access throughout your time at UCA. We use Apple Macs in the digital studio, and provide a wide variety of software, including most of the Adobe Master Collection (e.g. Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign and Premiere). Students can also access the entire Adobe Collection on your personal devices (laptops, desktops etc) via UCA’s Student Adobe Creative Cloud license. Most of this software has minimum system requirements and this is often the best way to start when looking for a compatible computer. You’ll have access to student discounts for hardware once you’re enrolled, so it’s advisable to wait until then to invest and we can advise.
BA Photography - Summer Project
Please complete the following brief over the summer:
Choose an object, or series of objects that you normally wouldn’t give a second glance. Something that you see all the time, but don’t find very special. Study it carefully and discover a quality that you like about it. Maybe its shape or colour, or even the way it moves or feels?
Think of a way to photograph this object, that will show the remarkable in this commonplace object. Be imaginative with your response to this task. Think about the composition, perspective, light/tone and colour, in order to make the viewer see the remarkable in the commonplace. Consider repositioning the object outside of its commonplace surroundings - abstract it, play with how it appears through the camera, or even make it look like something else. Re- imagine this commonplace object and create the unexpected from the ordinary. You can make your images with any camera you have access to, including your smartphone camera - what is key is being creative. (This brief is adapted from Elspeth Diederix’s Extract the Magic in Fulford & Halpern (2014), The Photographer’s Playbook pg 85)
When you have completed the project select one final image and email it
to Annie Ras (year 1 lead on Photography) at [email protected] by 1st of September. Please make sure to include your full name and instagram tag.
Be sure to follow our insta page at @ucafarnhamphoto to see your image shown there. Check out the resource stories and images there over the summer; the current 3rd year graduates have taken over the page to showcase their final year work.
We also suggest some prior reading to prepare you for your learning.
Cotton, C (2004), Chp 4: Something and Nothing in The Photograph as Contemporary Art, Thames & Hudson: London (see pdf copy at- tached)
Raymond, C (2019) - particularly the Ordinary Uncanny section pg 4-6 in Chapter 1 in The Photographic Uncanny: Photography, Homeless- ness, and Homesickness, (access here on GoogleBooks)
Stephen Gill, Blackberry & Hammer
Eleonora Agostini, A Blurry Aftertaste
If you have any questions, please contact the following: Campus Registry Office 01252 89 2834 [email protected]
An answer phone service is available on the phone number listed above for any out of hours enquiries.
Nigel Shafran, Compost Pictures
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I love UCA Farnham because... “Being a student at UCA is amazing, it’s like a big creative family. The opportunities and the facilities are incredible.”
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My top spots
A student’s guide to… Farnham
As an international student who arrived in the UK completely unfamiliar with Farnham, I have found it to be the most friendly and welcoming place.
The campus might seem like a bit of a labyrinth at first, but you get used to it and it’s astonishing to see just how many incredible facilities it has, even for really niche subjects.
Farnham town centre is right on the doorstep, and I love its community vibe. There’s always something going on, and for me it’s just the right balance between a big city and my home (a rural town). Alongside the friendliness of everyone at UCA, that has really helped me feel settled.
Farnham Castle There’s so much green space to explore in Farnham, whether it’s walking along the river or going to the Castle, where I love to do my sketches when the weather is nice.
The Maltings This is a great arts venue and there’s always something going on for you to enjoy or take part in. I really recommend it.
New Ashgate Gallery It’s free to get in here and they have about 20 different exhibitions going on through the year. I pop in when I can to see what’s on.
Tasty House I always end up getting some Chinese takeaway here when I go into London, as it’s right by the train station. It’s really good food, reasonably priced and it comes in reusable packaging, which is great.
The Wheatsheaf This is the pub that me and my coursemates go to every once in a while. It’s got a really nice atmosphere, and lots of choice when it comes to food and drink.
“ I love the community vibe of Farnham. There’s always something going on – it’s the most friendly and welcoming place.”
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New Ashgate Gallery
What could you create?
During your time with us, you’ll build your skills and hone your talents to produce some incredible work. Here are a few highlights created by recent graduates…
Malik Nieto ArtsIssey Hennessy
Sophie Lou
Becky Stapley
Anastasija Strelcova
Our graduates are forging stellar careers in fields from Fashion to Film, Architecture to Craft, Business to Games Design. We caught up with a few to find out more about their successes, and how they made the most the most of the UCA experience…
Phoebe Fox
BA (Hons) Music Marketing and Promotion, 2019 Soon after completing her degree, Phoebe was touring the world photographing the likes of The Amazons and Anne Marie – a journey that began while she was still a student.
“I contacted small bands I liked to ask for photo passes to their London gigs, and used the UCA equipment to build a portfolio,” she explains.
“I spent three years balancing touring, festivals, shows and portraits with university commitments. The UCA lecturers were incredibly supportive. After I handed in my final major project, I went home to pack and got straight on a tour bus with Anne Marie.”
Tihara Smith
BA (Hons) Fashion, 2018 Fashion graduate Tihara Smith’s final degree project - a collection inspired by her grandparents’ experiences as part of the Windrush Generation – set her up for career success.
“I wanted to highlight the positive contribution of the Windrush Generation and celebrate the islands of the Caribbean,” she says.
After graduating, Tihara widened her range and started selling it online and at festivals, markets and wedding fairs, and it proved so popular that she now runs her business full-time. “It’s been really exciting to see it grow,” she says. “I think some of the best collections are created from real stories that are personal to the creator.”
Where could your talent take you?
Phoebe Fox, photographed by Vendy Palkovicova. Tihara Smith. Picture by Kayleigh Pace.
Will McGregor
BA (Hons) Film & Digital Art, 2010 Will has amassed credits directing episodes of cult drama Misfits, period saga Poldark, his first feature film, Gwen, and an episode of His Dark Materials.
“Space, time and support to make my own work was the greatest gift UCA gave me,” he says. “The campus felt like an incubator for creativity; all these creative individuals in one place, with access to kit and exposure to new ideas.”
“Make the most of that opportunity to make work and meet people, and make sure you get your work out there – enter all the student festivals and competitions you can!”
Hannah Bamgbala
BA (Hons) Fashion, Media and Promotion, 2020 Hannah Bamgbala’s final degree work was inspired by her sister, Mercy, who has Down’s Syndrome and a serious eye for fashion.
Hannah’s Young, Kool and African website focused on bringing greater diversity to fashion and the media, and she’s gone on to work with the Down’s Syndrome Association to make sure that people of all ethnicities are better represented in their campaigns.
“If you have Down’s Syndrome and are Black — or from another ethnic minority background — there is no one visible for you and your family to relate to,” says Hannah. “That has to change.”
Will McGregor on set
Jamie Windust
Lucy Noble
Lucy Noble
BA (Hons) Film Production, 2014 Lucy has worked as a script supervisor on films including Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, hit series Devs, Elton John musical Rocketman and Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.
“I dabbled with script supervision throughout my degree,” says Lucy. “I reached out to script supervisors working professionally, asking for the chance to shadow them on set. All that time in the UCA film studio was useful, too – definitely get in there and practice in that arena, where you have a huge amount of control; it’s something you won’t always get when working on location.”
George Stoneham
BA (Hons) Architecture (ARB/RIBA part 1), 2020 George caught the eye of the RIBA Rethink 2025 judges, securing a place on the prestigious award’s longlist with an idea to turn former telephone and police boxes into “sanitation stations” that allow people to sanitise themselves on the go.
“While designing the Sanitation Box, I realised how much our world will have to change to design clean and healthy architecture,” he says. “We need to break down compact cities like London and design new, expansive cities with more green spaces, fewer cars, and buildings that flow better.”
Jamie Windust
BA (Hons) Fashion Management and Marketing, 2018 Since graduating, Jamie Windust has become a champion for LGBTQIA+ issues in the fashion industry and beyond. They are a magazine editor, a writer for Gay Times and Metro UK, a signed model and a consultant helping brands such as UGG and ASOS to better represent and impact queer identities.
“I discovered my sense of self at university, and I don’t think I would’ve been able to do that in such an affirming and positive way if I wasn’t at UCA,” says Jamie.
“In my final year, I got to apply everything I’d learned to starting a business I feel passionate about. It’s a great space for people to launch real, tangible brands.”
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We have begun an exciting project and a new chapter in our 160-year history. From 2022, we’ll be establishing world-leading Centres of Excellence to bring like-minded students and academics together around their shared passion for creative subjects.
As we focus on growing as a global creative university, we will be stepping back from Further Education from September 2023. However, all Further Education students joining us in 2021 will finish their courses with us, as usual.
A new chapter for UCA
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Course Title: BA (Hons) Photography [4 Yr course – Year 0 only]
Programme Director: Charis Coke [Year 0]
Delivery for 2021/22 academic year
We would like to reassure our students that we are committed to delivering a face to face experience for 2021/22 and we are hoping that 2021/22 will be a year when our students can return to all of our campuses. However, we are aware that changes to our delivery may continue to be required in response to public health advice and as a result of any ongoing Coronavirus measures. We have prepared this information to let you know how your course may be adapted based on changes that were implemented during 2020/21, as a result of Government advice.
We have made small changes to assessment and delivery. This is to account for complex issues in directing scheduled learning activities within controlled space limitations to maintain social distancing.
Scenario 1 – Social Distancing rules are continued/re-introduced as a result of public health advice for the 2021/22 academic year:
Changes to learning spaces • Our priority as a university is to deliver our teaching on campus. This may be in socially
distanced face-to-face tutorials, group seminars and workshops. • We will adapt the layouts of our classrooms, workshops and studios so you can have safe
access to these and other specialist facilities, taking social distancing measures into account and providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where needed. Studios and edit suite use will be scheduled with social distancing and health and hygiene in mind.
Timetabling • We will adapt the scheduling of classes to limit the number of students on campus at any
one time • We will adopt the ‘bubble’ principle: meaning you will be taught in smaller groups to enable
social distancing, and have as little physical contact with other groups as possible • We will plan the scheduling of your classes so you can transition between them safely and
make the lowest possible number of trips to and from campus each week • The order of unit delivery has been adapted so that units that require fewer group members
will be run first during the year in order to ensure practical work is still able to be undertaken with university, government and industry guidance in mind.
Contact time
• Large group activities will take place online, as well as activities such as short tutorials so that students and staff are able to make the most of their time on campus.
• In most cases smaller group activities such as seminars and practical workshops will take place face to face on campus. This structure will be determined by your production groups
• Both online and in person sessions will be adapted to account for delivery time online, various approaches will be used to vary the mode of delivery within longer sessions. In face to face sessions campus health and hygiene controls and guidance will also have an impact
Teaching during COVID-19
on delivery structure. In both cases you may be asked to engage in a preparatory exercise before a taught session (see below).
Online learning • Where practical, we’ll also put our lectures, classes and seminars online so that you can still
access them if you are self-isolating, shielding, or unable to come to the UK. • Large group sessions will be delivered online. This includes unit briefings and whole year
group lectures. Some tutorials may also take place online in order to minimise risk when travelling to campus for shorter sessions.
Wellbeing & support • In year 0, you’ll have one-to-one Personal Development Tutorials with an academic tutor,
where they’ll talk through your progress and check on your wellbeing. They will also offer online sessions when face-to-face meetings aren’t possible.
• You’ll have access to a full range of specialist advisors who will offer online sessions when face-to-face meetings aren’t possible. Your year lead will be able to direct you to where to locate specialist support.
• All our plans take vulnerable learners and students with additional learning requirements into account – we’re making sure we can deliver learning safely to all our students, whether that means accessing teaching on campus, or online.
Industry links • We will continue to host visiting lectures, industry projects, and networking events either
face-to-face or through online learning. • Where field trips are planned, we will ensure virtual attendance is still possible. Most
industry events will move online over this period with multiple delivery approaches. We will deliver field trip options later in the academic year should the opportunity be available.
• We will deliver a series of online interviews with graduates from the course who are actively involved in the industry. These videos will be available for the whole cohort to access throughout the year.
Assessments • Assessment Screenings will take place online through a live streaming event, accompanying
unit debriefs or peer assessment activities may also take place online or in person in small groups if possible.
• Written work will be delivered through Turnitin as usual • If you have been affected by coronavirus in your assessments this will be taken into account
and we will make sure that you are not disadvantaged by it. If your practical assessment activity is affected, then the course team will either reschedule the group activity or where this is not possible offer you an alternative task
Equipment & resources • We’ve developed new library systems and cleaning processes for loans and equipment hire
to make sure you can borrow what you need safely. • We’ll offer IT equipment loans to our students who need them most. • As soon as Government advice permits, we will provide as much physical access to our
libraries as we can to ensure that you have access to our physical and digital collections, but are able to observe social distancing for you own safety and that of others.
Filming, Equipment & resources
• Film and photography equipment and postproduction facilities will be maintained for the best possible hygiene throughout the academic year. In some cases, this means that kit will spend time in quarantine between bookings.
• Guidance for safe on location and set work will be delivered to all students in the cohort. This has been developed with government, university and industry guidelines in mind. We will ask for a supplemental Covid-19 risk assessment for each production, without this your production will not be signed off.
• Basic training for this is available to all students via the Screenskills website • Students will be expected to follow all Covid-19 related guidance given by their course
Scenario 2 – a further lockdown is implemented by Government
During the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic years we introduced a number of emergency measures that included:
• Moving learning and assessment online • Looking at prior activity with a view to ensuring that learning outcomes are covered
somewhere within the year of study and adjusting assessment tasks accordingly • Providing alternative assessment where the original assessment is not deliverable • Providing extensions for units where necessary for the learning and for individual students if
their circumstances require it • Where the University is not the awarding body, following the validators’ exacting
requirements for predicted and other grades so that students receive a final outcome commensurate with effort and aptitude
These measures would be re-introduced if necessary, but only for the period covered by the lockdown, with a return to scenario 1 as soon as is safe and practical to do so.
Adapting to your feedback • We’ll continue to work with you to find out how you’re feeling about the new measures. • You’ll have the opportunity to work with teaching staff to adapt and improve the way we
deliver your course in line with public health guidelines.
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