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Contemporary Photographic Practices

Qualification type: Foundation Degree (FdA) Location:
Subject area: Level: 5
Leaflet Number: 6223 Course Code: HS0031
Validated by: Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) UCAS Code: W640
Academic year: 16/17 Course status: Running

UCAS applications

Applications for full-time higher education courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website at

Institution code is M10 and course code is W640.

Call our Course Enquiry Team on 0800 068 8585 for further details.

Awarding body: 
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
Qualification type: 
Foundation Degree (FdA)
Subject area: 
Creative and Digital Media
Fielden Campus

What's the Contemporary Photographic Practices course about?

This course is based exclusively on digital imaging technologies and is designed for individuals who have an interest in investigating digital media from a photographic standpoint. Emphasis is placed upon the development of professional working practices, complementing students' evolving skills as photographers.

The course allows the flexibility to develop a personal programme of industry-related study. Students are encouraged to access other digital technologies as part of their studies and to develop conceptual thinking, critical analysis, creative problem solving and technical skills. Students have access to the latest desktop computing technology, and a large digital photographic resource.

Our university level courses incorporate work experience and live briefs. This provides you with the opportunity to gain real work skills and develop relationships with potential employers

Subjects covered include:
- Digital photographic practice
- Image manipulation techniques
- Photographic genres
- Art direction for photography
- Personal portfolio development
- Professional practices and procedures
- Cultural history and design practice

Students' work is assessed by at least two tutors using criteria which vary according to the brief. Students will develop a personal portfolio, representing their specialist interests, derived from, and based on their studies.

What will I be able to do after I've completed this course?

Students will be equipped to work directly in the photographic and digital media industry. Successful graduates will also have the opportunity to progress to final year undergraduate programmes (subject to funding and application) at other universities or The Manchester College.

What qualifications or experience do I need to do this course?

Applicants are required to have a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/Extended Diploma with Merit, Pass, Pass or a BTEC Level 3 National Certificate/Extended Certificate with Merit, Merit in an art or design related subject area, or an equivalent level 3 qualification with appropriate content. Minimum UCAS tariff points required: 160. Qualifications should be accompanied by a portfolio of creative work.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity may also apply.


Full time

Course length

2 Year(s)

How much will the course cost me?

For information on HE course fees, please contact our Course Enquiry Team on 0161 203 2100.

How do I apply?

All full-time applications from students in the UK and from overseas should be made using the online application system on the UCAS website

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