Exhibition showcases success of new Photography Foundation Degree


Foundation Degree Photography students at the College Merthyr Tydfil are showcasing their work at an exhibition running at the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay from 1st – 25th July 2014. The exhibition entitled RAW VISION was formally opened by the Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis AM on Thursday 3rd July.

The exhibition represents the diversity of work produced on the first year of the Creative Industries Foundation Degree Photography, highlighting the personal journey that each learner undertakes when engaging with the medium of photography.

Introduced for 2013 entry, the Foundation Degree Photography has been designed to facilitate rich and diverse opportunities for students to refine their practical and intellectual skills, whilst exploring personal creativity and live project briefs linked with industry. The spectrum of course activities undertaken have enabled learners to embrace genres of photography that include: formal portraiture; street photography; documentary styles; fine art approaches and commercial styles.

Kath Evans, Photography Tutor commented “The exhibition showcases a variety of genres of photography, providing an excellent opportunity for our learners to enhance their professional practice ethos whilst demonstrating the fantastic skills and achievements they have gained during the course of the last year.

Provided in partnership with UHOVI (Universities Heads of the Valleys Institute), part of the University of South Wales, the Photography Foundation Degree provides a direct progression route from the college’s Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design. Upon completion of the foundation degree, students have the option to top-up to a full honours degree at the University of South Wales.

Andrew Wakeham, one of the students who will be presenting his work at the exhibition, commended the college and UHOVI for providing relevant and innovative foundation degrees that encourage students to consider going on to higher level study. Andrew, who left school with only two GCSE’s, was unsure about his future career until he enrolled on the level 2 Diploma in Art and Design and Welsh Baccalaureate at the college. After successfully gaining a distinction, he was able to progress on to the level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design prior to embarking on the Foundation Degree.

Andrew said “I’ve enjoyed the intensive creativity as well as the social interaction, it has made me feel much more optimistic about a future career in the Creative Industries. I am looking forward to year two

Andrew, who was awarded the annual student prize for the best photograph, also commented on the diversity of modules delivered on the course. ”Portraiture, experimental darkroom and digital work or work with a fine art or graphic slant can be generated. It’s up to you how you interpret the module briefs, there is a lot of scope for individual creativity. The Foundation Degree has proven to be a course to aspire to for more practical learners who want to follow a vocational pathway

Robert Payne, UHOVI Deputy Director said:UHOVI works with partners to provide a range of relevant higher education courses accessible at local colleges. This enables students to gain a university qualification such as a foundation degree, improving their skills and giving them the best career opportunities for the future.”



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