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School:University of Edinburgh
Faculty:Edinburgh College of Art
Field of Study:Photography
Description:This programme prepares you for a career in photography by encouraging you to develop a personal and contextualised vision of the world, and by developing your knowledge of equipment and technical facilities. You will develop a broad visual vocabulary and explore a range of fine art and commercial practices, using traditional photographic equipment and processes as well as the latest computer technology. Our programme promotes high levels of creative thinking allied to advanced technical skills, underpinned by wide-ranging research and academic rigour. Historical and contemporary contexts play a vital role toward the production of your work, which reflects photography's pivotal contribution to the vitality of today's visual culture. You are encouraged to engage with the medium of photography in its widest sense, to foster the expression of 'ways of seeing', which enables students to evolve into versatile creative practitioners.

A visual culture strand provides a multidisciplinary context for your study syllabus across all art programmes at ECA, involving the imaginative research, analysis and communication of issues raised by the visual aspects of culture. Our students engage in a critical and creative dialogue with the work of their peers and gain an understanding of the nature of today's diverse visual cultures. You will study the artistic, intellectual, social and professional contexts that shape creative practice in visual arts and learn how to best communicate this knowledge in a range of written, oral, visual and practical forms.
URL:Photography at University of Edinburgh
Length:4 Year(s)

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    The typical offer is likely to be: • SQA Highers: BBBB. • A Levels: BBB. • IB: 34 points (grades 555 at HL). Minimum entry requirements • SQA Highers: BBBB by the end of S5 or BBBBB/ABBB from S4-S6. National 5: English at Grade C. • A Levels: BBB. GCSEs: English at Grade C. • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 555 in HL subjects. SL: English at 4. If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

    Application Notes : Mini-portfolio Applicants will be asked to submit a digital mini-portfolio. Assessment of the mini-portfolio will form part of the selection process. Applicants applying to enter Year 2 of our programmes, who pass the first stage of selection, will be invited to bring a full portfolio to an Applicant Day. BTECs Applicants studying the Pearson BTEC Diploma in Art and Design will be considered for entry with the following: • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design with Merit. • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design with Merit plus one A Level at Grade B. • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design with Merit plus two A Levels at Grade B. Applicants studying the University of the Arts London Level 3 Extended Diploma in Arts and Design will be considered with Merit.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
      You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies. If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English: • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section • Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section *Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components SQA and GCSE For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher: • SQA National 5 Grade C • SQA Standard Grade 3 • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C • GCSE Grade C • IB Standard Level Grade 4
      Cost Notes : £21,900 - 2016/2017 Your materials costs will vary, depending on your programme of study and the materials used to make your work. Some programmes will offer fieldwork. There is no additional contribution required for the teaching costs involved, but for the residential fieldwork and individual field-based projects, you are usually required to cover accommodation, subsistence and the costs of travel to the fieldwork location. Your actual student contribution depends on the programme involved and the courses selected.

      * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

      Modified on July 29, 2016