Clinical Photography (PgCert)
n/a (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / 14 months (Distance / E-Learning)
The course offers clinical photographers the opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding of the profession and the context in which it is practiced.
Distinctive features of the programme include:
- The opportunity for students to learn in a well-respected Russell Group University
- Learning in an organisation with over 40 years of established history of clinical photography/medical illustration education
- The opportunity for students 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
- Successful graduate are eligible to apply for full Institute of Medical Illustrators membership
- Successful graduates are eligible to apply to the Committee for the Accreditation of Medical Illustration Practitioners’ (CAMIP) for registration.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Photography is delivered as a 14 month, part-time distance learning course. It is one of only two part-time distance learning programmes 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, students advance their photographic skills and critical thinking through evidence based, reflective practice. Students complete two modules and the assessment methods for these consist of a workbased project, essays, a poster and a clinical photography portfolio.
At the end of the programme students should be able to:
- Evaluate the clinical photographer’s role within the healthcare context and the contribution of clinical photography to patient care, healthcare education and research.
- Demonstrate and critique a range of imaging modalities and techniques in the recording of medical conditions.
- Evaluate legal, ethical and patient management considerations relevant to clinical photography practice, demonstrating understanding of their impact on the professional practice of a clinical photographer.
- Appraise clinical photography and/or wider medical illustration practice, through evidence-based research and critical reflection.
- Formulate and coherently communicate ideas, principles and arguments through written, oral and practical means.
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, learning takes place 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, ‘Critical Inquiry: Examination of Photography in Healthcare’ and ‘Clinical Photography Theory and Practice’; these modules run concurrently.
Critical Inquiry: Examination of Photography in Healthcare
The aims of this module are for students to develop their understanding of the critical appraisal process, research methods and the application of these within clinical photography and/or the wider context of the medical illustration profession. Students will develop their skills in scientific writing through critical examination of current practices within clinical photography. Through critical inquiry, students will undertake an investigation in an area relevant to their professional role.
Clinical Photography Theory and Practice
The aim of the module is to develop the student’s clinical photography knowledge and skills, by evaluating their own experience and evaluating wider clinical photography practice. Students will demonstrate their photographic skills, critique these and examine pertinent patient management challenges. They will also evaluate legal and ethical aspects of clinical photography practice.
Students will also practice and develop discipline specific, academic and transferable skills. These include:
- Communication skills with patients and healthcare professionals
- Photographic skills
- Discipline specific skills dependent upon students’ chosen area of research
- Information search and retrieval
- Reflective practice
- Presentation skills
- Communications skills
- Learning strategies
The skills practised and developed on the course are transferable across a range of clinical photography practice.
Students enrolled on the programme are employed as photographers within the healthcare profession. Successful completion of the course supports 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 students 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.
An Honours degree in photography or relevant media related subject, which has a concentration on photography, or a minimum of two years relevant work experience, which must be in accordance with the Programme Regulations.
Applicants whose first language is not English, must satisfy the minimum University IELTS requirement, which is currently 6.5.
Candidates must work in a clinical setting that can enable the learning outcomes of the programme to be met. They must currently be employed as a photographer within a healthcare environment, where they take clinical photographs for patient care. Candidates are required to be in employment for the duration of the course.
As part of a student’s online application they must provide a personal statement that addresses the following:
The personal statement on your application form will be considered when a judgement is made on your suitability for the programme for which you have applied. You must address the following points in your personal statement. This list is not exhaustive.
- Why have you selected this programme?
- What interests you about the programme?
- Any relevant experience related to the programme or module content.
- How you plan to use the qualification in your career.
- How you and your profession will benefit from your studies.
- Why you feel you should be given a place on the programme
UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
per 60 credit module
Next intake: September each year
Name: Healthcare Sciences Admissions Team
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7538
Name: Amy Lake
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7722