Digital Imaging and Photography - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Optional Integrated Foundation Entry

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University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
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Course Details

This Foundation Degree with Optional Integrated Foundation Entry is designed for those who want to study for the foundation degree but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start just yet. The foundation entry modules include: Art & Design Studies, Design Investigation, Specialism Skills and Drawing and Image Communication, giving you the opportunity to explore a range of design practices before progressing to Year One of the Foundation Degree in your chosen specialism.

The Foundation Degree in Digital Imaging and Photography has been designed to provide specialist skills using photographic and digital imaging (including moving image) processes and technology relevant to contemporary creative and commercial practice.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding for versatility and confidence, relevant to the needs of clients and employment in the photography / digital imaging sector.
  • Provide students with an effective balance between education and training by promoting self-development and creative expression, intellectual enquiry and the visual communication of ideas underpinned by the acquisition of transferable, technical and practical skills and knowledge.
  • Give students a progression route to advance, where appropriate, towards other qualifications, for example the one year BA (Hons) Top up in Digital Imaging and Photography, or future employment within photography and digital imaging industry.

You will develop your photographic skills, together with knowledge and understanding, through practical projects based on professional practice. Students will have full access to well-equipped studio spaces and both digital and traditional photographic facilities, including Apple Mac computers, Adobe software, large format digital printing and traditional darkroom.

Techniques of traditional and digital photography will be explored, within practical work related projects and with opportunities to create industry links.


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You will study a range of core modules, including:

Foundation Entry Year:

  • Art & Design Studies
  • Design Investigation
  • Specialism Skills
  • Drawing and Image Communication

FdA Year 1:

  • Introduction to Photographic Practice
  • Visualising Ideas
  • Digital Imaging
  • Live Projects I
  • Experimental Practice

FdA Year 2:

  • Advanced Photographic Practice
  • Professional Practice
  • Critical Practice
  • Advanced Digital Imaging
  • Live Project II
  • Open Project

NOTE: The foundation entry element of all of our design-related foundation degrees is generic so may be delivered in classes made up of students from any of our design-related foundation degree with integrated foundation entry programmes.

For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.
Three years if studying full time. If you choose to study part time, the programme may take up to five years. Studying full time often only means attending university for up to 3 days per week.
Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree may choose to complete a further one year of study to gain a full honours degree and will be offered a guaranteed interview for any relevant Honours Top up programme at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, they may wish to apply for a top up year at another higher education institution or progress directly into their chosen career path.

On successful completion of this qualification, potential photography and digital imaging career paths may include:

  • Photojournalism
  • Editorial
  • Studio still life
  • Portraiture
  • Landscape
  • Fashion or architectural photography
  • Picture research
  • Gallery and technical support

Primary contact:
David Lockwood
Programme Manager

Other contact:
Tadhg Devlin

How much will this course cost me?

Tuition fee loans cover university/college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university/college by Student Finance England, so you don’t need a pot of money up front.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than a certain amount.

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It’s never too late to learn

We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

We want to make your university education as flexible and affordable as possible. We offer a number of financial support options to help you go further by staying local. You don’t need to pay for your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help support your living costs. For more information, visit

Yes. We have a dedicated team of staff on hand to help guide you through the admissions process, from selecting the right course, to completing your UCAS application and applying for financial support.

If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email

Important terms, conditions and disclaimer information about our courses can be found on our Wider Information Set.