Students produce a series of mini projects to develop technical skills and explore a range of approaches to photography. The coursework includes critical analysis, recording project development through power points, sketchbooks and experimental studies, and concluding with highly refined final images. An essay of 1000-3000 words is completed in the second year directly related to a ‘Personal investigation’ which is based on an issue or theme of personal interest. The work leading to, and developed from, the personal investigation is worth 60% of the overall grade. The final exam component, worth 40% of the overall grade, takes the form of an externally set project which includes a preparation period followed by a 15 hour controlled assessment.