Note: Please check the equipment requirements in the Enrolment section to see what is required for each paper.
The programme is made up of the following papers:
Core Compulsory Papers – all four must be completed:
DDP103 - Practical Photography (Level 5) 15 credits
This paper provides a hands-on introduction to digital
cameras and contemporary photographic practice.
Students will undertake a series of assignments
exploring core photographic principles, including:
composition, camera controls, focus, exposure, and
lighting. Empowering students to become proficient
with a range of photographic equipment and workflows,
this paper provides the foundation for further study in
the Diploma in Digital Photography.
DDP106 - Photoshop for Photography (Level 5) 15 credits
This paper explores Adobe Photoshop, an industry
standard image editing application, and its usage in the
context of digital still photography. Through a series of
applied exercises, students will investigate Photoshop’s
diverse capabilities and develop proficiency with
essential tools and image editing techniques.
Manipulating digital images in a variety of creative
contexts, students will gain insight into Photoshop’s role
in photographic post-production.
DDP203 - Advanced Practical Photography (Level 6) 15 credits
Building on the work undertaken in DDP103, students
will continue their investigation of photographic
concepts and techniques. Utilising cameras with
interchangeable lenses and manual controls, students
will refine their understanding of topics including:
composition, framing, camera angles, lighting, exposure,
DDP207 - Professional Photography (Level 6) 15 credits
This paper provides students with a concise introduction
to professional photographic practice, including basic
small business administration and popular genres of
commercial photography (EX: wedding photography,
photojournalism, food photography, sports
photography). Mimicking professional practice, students
will receive a series of creative briefs and will be tasked
with developing work that meets both technical
requirements and client expectations.
Prerequisites: DDP103 and DDP106.
Elective Papers – choose four from the following:
DDP111 - Photographic Auteur Study (Level 5) 15 credits
This paper explores seminal figures in the history of
photography and provides opportunities for students to
further develop their understanding of photographic
aesthetics and techniques. In a series of applied
exercises, students will use modern equipment to mimic
the work of well-known photographic auteurs.
Prerequisite or corequisite: DDP103.
DDP206 - Advanced Photoshop (Level 6) 15 credits
This paper provides an overview of the advanced image
editing tools available in Adobe Photoshop. It builds
upon the work completed in DDP106 and delves deeper
into image manipulation and photographic postproduction.
Through a series of hands-on exercises,
students will explore topics including: non-destructive
editing, advanced compositing, image restoration, and
DDP231 - Portfolio (Level 6) 15 credits
Taking a project from proposal to final presentation,
students will apply their photographic knowledge and
skills to the development of a unified portfolio of
images. An academically rigorous and creatively
challenging paper, students will gain insight into
iterative visual design, project planning, visual problem
solving, and photographic post-production.
Prerequisites: DDP103 and DDP106.
DDF101 - Video and Audio Craft (Level 5) 15 credits
This paper provides an introduction to digital video,
including the language and aesthetics of film/ video
production. Through a series of applied exercises,
students will learn the fundamental skills of camera
operation and sound recording.
DDF105 - Video Editing (Level 5) 15 credits
This paper introduces students to nonlinear video
editing, including production methodologies and
aesthetics. Through the study of established works,
students will explore video editing techniques and their
impact on narrative development. Applied exercises will
introduce students to basic editing and post-production
topics, including: video capture, continuity editing,
transcoding, colour correction, and compositing.
DDF110 - Media Culture (Level 5) 15 credits
From advertising graphics to art house cinema, we live
in a culture rich in imagery. Many of these images,
especially those associated with postmodernism and
advertising, are referential. The aim of this paper is to
broaden students' awareness of contemporary visual
culture and enhance their ability to contextualise the
images that bombard us daily. This paper will help
students to more effectively engage emerging forms of