On this course you develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that enables you to fulfil your potential in the increasingly diffuse and continuingly evolving discipline of photography. You are introduced to a range of photographic techniques and key critical themes in order to develop your understanding of the relationship and integration of theory and practice. Throughout this course you develop professional skills in research and communication, as well as the flexibility to work in a range of contemporary photographic contexts. You also gain professional skills in time management, professional practice, managing risks and developing innovative solutions to creative challenges. Key areas of study include • production skills • self directed creative practice • contemporary themes and practices • research, theory and critical analysis • historical practice and debates • project development • independent production • marketing and promotion • professional practice • exhibition organisation. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme. **Facilities** You use our well-equipped photographic facilities to produce both digital and analogue imaging. Facilities include • two industry-standard photography studios • portable lighting equipment • a dedicated digital ‘darkroom’ including scanning, processing and printing facilities • colour and black and white analogue darkrooms with enlargers from 35mm to 5x4 • black and white print darkroom with both wet and machine process facilities • an extensive lending store where you can borrow industry standard equipment such as cameras, lenses and tripods **Work experience** The course offers you exhibition opportunities through which you gain skills and experience in presenting your work to a public audience, both inside and outside of the University. You also develop a portfolio of creative work and a range of professional tools that help you to prepare for your future career. A professional practice strand runs through the second and third year of the course, embedding key professional and industry skills. During the first year, you gain a foundation in the technical, creative and theoretical aspects of photography. The second year encourages you to build on these skills and to begin to develop your own independent specialised practice. In the third year, you focus on developing an in-depth, self-directed project to a professional standard, culminating in the presentation of your finished work in a graduation exhibition.