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Course content

This course offers clinical photographers the opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding of the profession and the context in which it is practised.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Photography is a 14-month, part-time distance learning course. It is one of only two part-time distance learning courses in the UK on offer to photographers employed in healthcare and it is the only course that supplements distance learning with face-to-face teaching.

Through a combination of theory and practice-based assignments, delivered through e-learning and face-to-face teaching methods, you will have the opportunity to advance your photographic skills and critical thinking through evidence-based, reflective practice.

Distinctive features:

• The opportunity to learn in a Russell Group University.

• Learning in an organisation with over 40 years of established history of clinical photography/medical illustration education.

• The opportunity to learn from experienced staff working at the forefront of medical illustration.

• A supportive, yet independent learning environment.

• A course of study accredited by the Institute of Medical Illustrators.

• Graduates are eligible to apply for full membership to the Institute of Medical Illustrators and professional registration.

Structure

The course commences every September and is delivered via e-learning through Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment. Although the programme is distance learning, it is supplemented by face-to-face teaching methods. Students are expected to attend three study periods in Cardiff, totalling eight days. Four days at the start of the course in September, two days in November and a further two days in June. During the study days, you will be taught through face-to-face teaching sessions, group discussions, student presentations and workshops. Students are required to have regular one-to-one tutorials with their tutor to discuss their work in progress.

The course consists of two compulsory 30 credit modules.

Core modules:

Critical Inquiry: Examination of Photography in Healthcare
Clinical Photography Theory and Practice

Teaching

Through a mixture of three face-to-face study day periods totalling 8 days (4, 2 and 2 days respectively) in Cardiff and self-directed distance learning supported with on-line learning materials.

Assessment

Assessment methods for the two modules include a work-based project, essays, a poster and a clinical photography portfolio.

Career Prospects

Students enrolled on the programme are employed as photographers within the healthcare profession. Successful completion of the course will support your career progression and professional development. This course is recognised nationally, with previous clinical photography students regularly achieving success in the Institute of Medical Illustrator’s Annual Awards and presenting at the Institute’s annual conference. On graduating from the course you are eligible to apply for full membership to the Institute of Medical Illustrators and entry onto the Committee for the Accreditation of Medical Illustration Practitioners (CAMIP) Voluntary Register.

Placements

Students should already be employed in a healthcare setting and require the support of their employer and need to have access to the resources to undertake the assignments.

Visit the Clinical Photography PGCert page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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