Welcome Guide 2015
BA (Hons) Photography
Welcome to BA (Hons)
In this guide you will
find the information you
need to help you settle
in to your studies at UCA
Rochester this September.
You are joining a course
which has a prestigious
history in preparing students to meet the challenges
of creative photography.
The course benefits from numerous facilities,
including access to two large photographic studios
which house digital workstations, film processing,
printing (colour and black & white darkrooms), digital
postproduction equipment, flash and continuous
lighting, HD video and digital and analogue cameras.
In your first year with us, you will learn about the
genres of photography and photographic visual
language, creative concept development, research
and the production of final solutions, practice digital
and analogue photography, studio and location
shoots, and lighting and postproduction skills.
Whilst the main introduction to the course will take
place during the first week of the term, there are some
details you will need in advance, which are outlined in
this Welcome Guide.
During the induction week we will introduce you to
the various resources of the university including the
studios, library, computers and workshops.
You will meet fellow students and the academic and
technical staff. We will provide you with an overview
to the course and your first creative projects. It is very
important that you do not miss any of the activities
during this week.
We wish you a good summer and look forward to
meeting you in September!
Tel: 01634 888654
WE CREATE PHOTOGRAPHERS
“Within hours of joining
UCA, I became part of a
team designing, styling and
photographing our own
fashion shoot. Despite having
no fashion background or
any inclination towards it
after our shoot was finished
and images mastered the
experience had expanded my
perception. This shows that
at UCA you can adapt your
creativity and individuality to
BA (Hons) Photography,
Rochester, Year 3
If you have any questions, please contact the
Campus Registry Office
Tel: 01634 888745
An answer phone service is available on all of
the above lines for any out of hours enquiries.
Three years full-time
PRE-ARRIVAL In this section you will find a list of activities that we
ask you to complete before you arrive to start your
course in September.
If you have the opportunity to look at these
books before you start the course they will help
you to engage with future projects.
Bate, David (2009), Photography: The Key Concepts,
Berger, John (2008), Ways of Seeing, Penguin Classics;
Clarke, Graham (1997), The Photograph: A Visual and
Cultural History, Oxford Paperbacks
Cotton, Charlotte (2014), The Photograph as Contemporary
Art, London: Thames & Hudson
Bull, Stephen (2009), Photography, Routledge
Wells, Liz, (2009), Photography: A Critical Introduction,
The university has computing resource, which
you will be able to access throughout your time at
UCA. However, if you are considering purchasing a
computer, our industry primarily works with Apple
Macintosh computers. In this instance Apple MacBook
Pro laptops are used extensively for field-work.
We would advise that you delay any purchase until
you are enrolled. Once you are registered as a current
student you will then be entitled to further discounts.
Staff will be able to give more detailed advice at the
beginning of term if you are unsure about what to buy.
The course currently uses the following core software:
-Adobe Creative Suite CC: Photoshop Extended,
-Apple Final Cut Pro
-Adobe Lightroom 4
-Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
Though photography has a ‘network’ shared folder,
students are advised to take responsibility for the safe
storage of their work.
In order to do this you will need to download, store
and transport relevant course work. Students should
purchase a ‘USB Memory stick (8Gb+)’ and an ‘External
USB’ or Thunderbolt Hard Drive’ (1TB or above).
These can be purchased from any electronics or
Within the department, students have access to the
photography stores. The facility not only acts as a
centre for renting specialist photographic equipment
(at no charge), it also has a small shop for students to
purchase essential photographic materials.
We recommend that students joining the program
set aside at least £200 for the purchase of Colour and
B&W film, paper and printing materials for analogue
processes per year. Staff will advise you of the specific
accessories, film and photographic paper that you will
need for your initial projects.
For courses at UCA in Rochester we provide
professional analogue and digital printing facilities.
Our specialised printing centre ensures that you can:
-Process B&W and colour film
-Make analogue colour and fibre based B&W prints
-Print digital colour laser prints up to A3
-Print colour inkjet prints of up to A0
-Silverprint (London) www.silverprint.co.uk
Specialist ‘analogue’ material – please note a discount
of 5% is only available for counter sales
-Process Supplies (London) www.processuk.net
Professional analogue materials
Professional photographic suppliers.
In this section you will find your enrolment and
induction timetables. Please take careful note
of the dates and times you will need to attend
during your first week.
INDUCTION AND ENROLMENT TIME-
If you are not able to make any of these dates, please
let your campus registry contact know as soon as
possible. You can find their contact details at the start
of this Welcome Guide.
Welcome to the Photography department at UCA Rochester -
overview of Year 1 and your first teaching unit
MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER
4:00pm - 6:00pm Refectory
TUESDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER
WEDNESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
9:30am Peter Williams Lecture Theatre
11:00am - 1:00pm Studio 1 & 2, Upper 3rd Floor
THURSDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
FRIDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
ACTIVITY AND DATE
Induction to the Photography department at UCA Rochester -
meet the other years
2:00pm - 3:15pm Studio 1 & 2, Upper 3rd Floor
Library, Student Services and IT Induction 3:30pm - 5:00pm Room 806, Upper 4th Floor
11:00am - 3:00pmFreshers’ Fayre Reception/Foyer
4:00pm - 6:00pmInternational and EU Welcome Event - an event for new non-UK
students which includes a welcome from the leadership team, free
food and drink and an opportunity to meet other new students
Lecture Theatre 1, Ground Floor
MA Fashion, MA Design, MA Contemporary Jewellery and MA
Photography 2014-15 Graduate Show Private View - your course
tutors will send further details of this event
The Rag Factory, Heanage
Street, Brick Lane, London