The Photography programme at Carmarthen School of Art, Coleg Sir Gar embraces a broad-based visual, conceptual and technical approach that reflects the developments and trends of twenty-first century photographic practice. Course content fully integrates new technologies with traditional working practices.
Individual student approaches are supported by lecturers; whose own practices include exhibitions and published work within documentary, editorial and fine art photography. Class sizes are small and tutor contact is second to none. Crucial to securing vocational success and employment within the photographic industry is the creation of a professional portfolio. The programme ensures graduates leave with a broad portfolio, demonstrating personal identity, as well as transferable skills enhancing employability within the sector.
Students graduate with a range of industry standard skills and experience. Recent graduates have been recognised in a number of high profile awards, including The Printspace Trajectory Award, The Association of Photographers and The World Photography Organisation; also commissions for the National Museum of Wales / National Portrait Gallery annual portrait collections, amongst many other successes.
At a Glance
Full Time / Part Time
3 years full-time; part-time study available
The programme is well resourced with a range of professional cameras, studio and location lighting for contemporary photography. It has dedicated computer resources commensurate with industry, for professional digital darkroom work and for creative image processing as well as traditional darkroom with analogue methods of working to reflect renewed interest in silver photography.
The programme design provides students with opportunities to explore expressive image making for art practice, whilst also being conscious of the broader potential for a visually orientated society of multimedia consumers, as well as professional photography practice for the freelance and creative industries. Module content covers a wide breadth of photographic approaches, offering opportunities to work in documentary, fashion, editorial and fine art photography, thereby engendering vocational potentials and sustainable employability.
Year 1 - A skills based year delivered through a series of workshops. The year comprises of eight modules including Practical Photography, Editorial Photography, Developing Visual Language, Digital Processes and Creative Digital Practice (used within photography), Study Skills & Developing a Critical and Contextual Language, Critical & Contextual Studies: Theories of Aesthetics and Creative Project.
Year 2 – A developmental year devised to allow you to apply the skills gained in year one to identify personal strengths and areas of interest within a range of industry relevant contexts. The year comprises of five modules: Live Projects, Design Competitions, Professional Skills, Visual & Material Culture and Specialist Project.
Year 3 – A personal negotiated brief which allows you to consolidate your practice and build a portfolio in preparation for future progression and personal ambitions. The year comprises of four modules all based upon individual projects: Visual Research Methodology, Theoretical Perspectives from Practice, Professional Skills: Enterprise & Employability and Major Project; culminating in an opportunity to showcase your work in a final degree show.
Progression & Employment
Fine Art Photographer, Fashion Photographer, Documentary Photographer, Photo Journalism, Advertising Photographer, Stills Photographer for film & television, Wildlife / Landscape Photographer, teacher/lecturer, Postgraduate study (MA, PhD).
Method of Assessment
Assessment is ongoing through workshop plenary sessions, critiques, formative and summative assessment with aural and written feedback.
Tariff score points accepted: A minimum of 96 points or equivalent portfolio ability for mature applicants.
All applicants need to apply online through UCAS, our UCAS Institution code is C22 and our course code is W640. Offers will be made based on the UCAS application, predicted grades (if applicable), UCAS reference and one to one interview. Programme Directors interview every applicant and discuss your portfolio of artwork and ambitions with you. This is a vital part of our selection process to ensure that the course is right for you and you are right for the course. Due to developing a relationship with you from the start our drop-out rates are minimal. As we continuously strive to turn students into successful professional practitioners.
Mature applicants with relevant prior experience are welcome and are considered on an individual basis. International students will be interviewed by video conferencing.