Truro and Penwith College

FdA Photography and Digital Imaging

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
    • TRUR1002 Introduction to Photographic Practice

      This module will focus on establishing practical photography skills. Students will use a range of technologies 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.

    • TRUR1003 Historical and Cultural Studies (Origins of Photographic Practice)

      This module aims to investigate the evolution of the photographic medium providing a sound foundation in the awareness of technical and aesthetic development and innovation.

    • TRUR1004 Visual and Graphic Development

      This module will broaden the student's visual awareness which will be achieved through drawing, colour theory, expressive and imaginative manipulation of visual imagery. It also introduces the students to the importance of design and graphics in relation to photographers.

    • TRUR1005 Digital Imaging and Web Based Studies

      This module introduces the student to a range of digital imaging technology. It enables the student to explore a range of different approaches to image generation using a combination of traditional and new technology. The students will be introduced to the concept of presenting their work to a wider audience. Students will work with industry standard software and hardware.

    • TRUR1006 Commercial Photographic Practice

      This module will focus on developing practical photographic skills and producing work that is appropriate for commercial use. It also introduces the students to basic business practice.

    • TRUR1007 Introduction to Contemporary Photographic Practice

      This module explores and introduces the relationships between self generated practice, audience and the utilisation of photography as a means of generation, investigation and expression. It will introduce students to the gallery system, publishing, artist led initiatives, and the internet.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • TRUR2003 Photographic Specialism

      Students will be called on to identify a personal pathway within photography and digital imaging in response to a series of guidelines. The individual leaner will have the opportunity define a focussed approach to their studies.

    • TRUR2004 Dissertation

      `At its best criticism helps to locate particular work in relation to specific debates about practice through elucidating appreciation of the effect, meaning , context and import of the imagery under question ¿ (1994 Liz Wells). Contemporary visual culture has been shaped by recent theoretical practice. Students are asked to consider how this critical environment presents new opportunities and challenges for the image maker. A formal investigation of contemporary critical theory leads to the presentation of formative research. The module is concluded with a major piece of writing. The piece should develop primary and secondary research and informed by the students¿ practical investigation.

    • TRUR2006 Final Major Project

      This module brings together all of the artistic and organisational skills and techniques developed throughout the course. It provides the opportunity for a major negotiated piece of work that relates to the industry. It is intended as a real or simulated project which demonstrates an understanding of commercial practice.

    • TRUR2007 Exhibitions and Portfolios

      This module explores and develops ideas on how to create a successful artist/photographers portfolio and how to present your portfolio to galleries, photo libraries, clients and other organizations. This module considers both traditional print/folio based work and electronic means of distribution.

    • TRUR2079 Self Promotion for Photographers

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

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

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

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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