Foundation Degree (FdA) Photography


Program Description

Practical and contemporary: a career-focused photography course for undergraduates

Photography has helped shape our perceptions and attitudes over much of the last two centuries. Now, with the development of global mass communication, it is becoming even more important in commercial and creative practice.

On the Foundation Degree (FDA) in Photography at Barking & Dagenham College, you will develop a strong understanding of visual culture and artistic freedom in art and commercial practices.

You will also be given significant professional engagement opportunities and make national and European trips to creative individuals and companies; learn from visiting guest lecturers, undertake work experience and internships, and benefit from our affiliation with Paris photography studio Studio Rouchon.

A foundation degree (FDA) is a university-level qualification, equivalent to the first two years of a BA (Hons) degree course. On completion of this course, you can progress to the BA (Hons) in Photography also offered at Barking & Dagenham College.

What will I learn?

Exciting, challenging, thought-provoking, and modern. This programme will provide you with the platform to develop your own language as an image maker.


  • Concept, production, presentation
  • Contextual and vocational studies
  • Specialist practice
  • Critical approaches to contemporary photography
  • Professional Contexts
  • Major Photography project

What can I do after this course?

You could progress to the BA (Hons) Photography programme, also offered at Barking & Dagenham College. Alternatively, you could progress to the third year of a BA (Hons) course at another university or find employment in the creative sector.

Entry requirements

You will need 48 new UCAS points or 120 UCAS points (a BTEC National Diploma pass or two A levels at grade D or above)

Ideally, you will also have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above.

Our main focus, however, will be on your creative work. So you can still apply even if you don’t have the stated UCAS points, but do have a strong portfolio of work to show us.

You will also need to attend an interview and bring your portfolio.

Click here to download a PDF for the Foundation Degree (FDA) in Photography

Awarding Body/ Validated by:

University of East London


Barking & Dagenham College reserve the right to change course details. Please note that the fees displayed are for the entire course for all one-year courses. Where the course duration is more than 1-year additional fees apply for the subsequent year(s).All course fees are currently based on 2016/17 courses, fees for courses starting from September 2017 onwards may be higher. All courses are subject to satisfactory numbers being accepted. Barking & Dagenham College reserves the right in their absolute discretion to cancel any course which cannot be run economically. Awarding Boards also change courses from time to time. Barking & Dagenham College cannot accept responsibility if the college is closed due to industrial action, adverse weather conditions or natural disasters.

Last updated Oct 2018

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