What will I learn?

This specially designed course enables you to make an informed choice about which visual arts subject you wish to study at degree level, giving successful students the opportunity for guaranteed progression onto a named BA programme at Middlesex University.

The Foundation Year in Visual Arts is a creative and inspiring multidisciplinary course encouraging students to explore different aspects of art and design. It builds confidence, helps students identify their strengths and develops skills and techniques. The course offers an experimental diagnostic approach exploring different creative pathways and clarifies an industry specialism to help students choose possible career paths in the creative industries.

Following a multidisciplinary induction, you will explore the core visual arts subject areas in the first part of the programme, then choose to specialise to work towards your final portfolio of creative work and exhibition. Alongside this you will explore London as a creative centre of visual arts through, gallery, studio and event visits, and reflect on your experiences.

A key feature of the curriculum is that students benefit from regular formative feedback and assessment. This process is designed to allow you the freedom to experiment, explore and investigate new, different and challenging ways of working.

Overview

Our photography course will help you realise your creative vision and encourage you to develop your own personal style while giving you the tools, hands-on experience and inspiration to launch a career in a thriving creative industry.

You’ll use commercial photography to investigate the communication of ideas, opinion, comment, reportage, analysis and meaning. You'll also develop specific skills and knowledge related to editorial photography, photojournalism, fashion photography for magazines, newspapers, books and more.

You’ll get plenty of support from accomplished staff who have a broad range of professional expertise in areas including digital imaging technology, editorial portraiture and reportage, and fashion photography. Our experienced specialist technicians are always on hand to give you the expert technical support you need to succeed in your studies and your career.

Course content

This degree encourages you to use your imagination and experiment at the same time as developing your skills. Throughout the course you will undertake a range of projects covering studio photography, portraiture, lighting and art direction, location shoots, landscape photography, sports and events, still life photography, fashion photography, architectural photography, urban landscape, reportage and photojournalism. With every project you are required to give a critical perspective of your own work.

Your first year explores photography through eight different projects that will give you the opportunity to investigate different approaches including black and white photography, digital imaging and hand colour printing. In your second year you will work on themed projects where you will be able to develop your own style and hone your skills. For example, photographing an area of London that is new to you or photographing different types of people. By your final year of study, you will be prepared to build your own professional portfolio informed by a research project related to your studio practice.

Careers

This degree will prepare you for a successful career in the creative industry. By the end of the course you will have created a professional portfolio essential for entry into studio, portraiture, fashion, architectural, reportage and photo-journalism, art direction, location, landscape, sports, events, still life, magazine, newspaper, book, exhibition and new media photography.

Which department am I in?

Visual Arts

Study options

Full time including foundation year (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£14,000.00 (14,34,247) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

October 2022

Venue

Hendon Campus

The Burroughs,

London,

Barnet,

NW4 4BT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have achieved composite score of 23. They must have also completed either High School diploma with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2 or International Baccalaureate Diploma.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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