Truro and Penwith College

FdA Film, Media and Photography

Rated Gold (2017) by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and Ofsted Outstanding (2016), Truro and Penwith College provides a range of quality degree courses with employer needs in mind. All students benefit from an excellent support network that helps to put them on the best footing for a successful future after graduating. Finding themselves at home in purpose-built buildings with expert lecturers and access to industry-standard equipment, students can study a quality University course right here in Cornwall. 

A variety of people enter Higher Education with an assortment of experiences and commitments, but with the flexibility at the heart of our programmes, the College offers a compressed timetable and small class sizes to allow students to study in a relaxed and supportive environment. Whatever your background, studying University courses at Truro and Penwith College means an opportunity to study locally, the chance to fit home or part-time work around your lectures and the one thing all our students have in common – the shared experiences of a quality education right here in Cornwall.

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • TRUR1186 Introduction to Contextual Studies

      An introduction to the contextual study of photography and moving image texts. Introduces students to a theoretical framework for understanding the history of photography and its relevance to the development of moving image productions. Early developments and debates around the path to modernism will be studied and analysed in order to grasp the importance of understanding the context of their own creative productions.

    • TRUR1187 Photographic Techniques

      This module will focus on establishing practical photography skills. Students will use a range of technologies and apply them to a range of situations both on location and in the photographic studio. The practical experiences will lead to the production of images and supporting work in response to set briefs.

    • TRUR1188 Moving Image Techniques

      This module introduces essential practical skills for moving image production. Students will be introduced to a wide range of equipment to enable them to record moving image and sound and learn about camera, audio and lighting techniques. They will explore simple editing techniques and produce short video products.

    • TRUR1189 Visual and Graphic Design Techniques

      Introduces students to the principles and practices of graphic design as applied to still and moving image products. This will be achieved through illustration, colour theory, font style and expressive and imaginative manipulation of visual imagery. Students will gain skills that develop their application of the line, layout, texture, space, structure, composition and motion graphics.

    • TRUR1190 Applied Factual Production

      This module aims to allow students to develop ideas/skills and experience roles within the production of a factual project. Students will conduct research, planning and assume a specific role as part of a production team during the making of a factual production.

    • TRUR1191 Self-directed Production

      This module brings together all of the creative and organisational skills and techniques developed throughout the course. It provides the opportunity for a self-directed brief to create a production in the medium of your choice.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • TRUR2183 Advanced Contextual Studies

      Development of critical thinking in relation to art practices will be explored and knowledge, understanding and skills will be developed to analyse, research and discuss contextual art practices in relation to creative productions. Students will develop an understanding of our current digital environment and post-modernism.

    • TRUR2184 Content Creation

      This module will further develop skills in a range of design and digital technology. It enables the student to explore different approaches to content generation for online zines, books, websites, blogs. The students will work with industry standard software and hardware and produce content of their choice using at least one of these digital platforms.

    • TRUR2185 Promotion and Exhibition

      This module introduces the opportunity for students present their work to a wider audience. Students will be encouraged to produce a portfolio of images/films that are suitable to present in a professional capacity. Students will also explore potential exhibition opportunities appropriate to their practice.

    • TRUR2186 Professional Engagement

      This module introduces the opportunity for students to produce work for a specific purpose either through a work placement or a simulation of self-employment. This can include working for an employer brief, a competition or for a festival. Students will conduct research for the project, put together a proposal which meets the requirements of the brief and complete the production in their chosen medium.

    • TRUR2187 Showcase Production

      Students will be required to create a self-initiated body of work and prepare for a showcase that can reach a public audience. The work created should reflect the students own interests within creative media and photography and demonstrate a self-initiated project in a professional manner. Students will consider how to contribute and promote a group showcase.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Truro and Penwith College

We’re one of the leading colleges in the country, delivering teaching and learning to the highest level. With three modern campuses at Truro, Penwith (at Penzance) and Tregye, we provide you with a unique university experience.

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