You will be joining a course with an international reputation, a challenging curriculum, and inspiring teaching.
This course encourages students to engage with contemporary photography in an individually creative and experimental manner, supported by outstanding analogue and digital resources. This course is visually led, but you will learn how to place your practice within a historical and contemporary context, and define its audience. You will be introduced to a range of technical processes, from 19th-century alternative printing techniques in our traditional darkrooms to digital still and moving image capture, and post-production in our state-of-the-art lighting studios and digital suites. You will also be able to borrow an extensive range of analogue and digital kit from our professional standard technical store.
During your studies, you will be engaged in specialist professional practice units, and will be able to use our extensive alumni and professional network to help plan your career or prepare you to undertake postgraduate study.
Level 4 (First Year)
In your first year, we’ll introduce you to the technical skills, historical and contemporary practices and theoretical issues that are fundamental to contemporary photography.
These will help you to work on a series of visual projects that address contemporary practice, challenge your creativity and give you a strong grounding in all aspects of photographic production.
You’ll complete a series of technical workshops that aim to develop a foundation of skills in studio practice and lighting, analogue colour and black and white processing and printing and digital imaging.
You’ll also be introduced to fundamental concepts and issues in historical and contemporary photographic practices in both creative and the theory units.
Units at Level 4 also offer you the opportunity to work in groups, as well as individually.
Level 5 (Second Year)
In your second year, you’ll begin to define your own practice and specialisms.
You’ll be expected to engage with more complex issues through your creative work, as well as in the more theoretical units.
Units of study become longer and more demanding and we encourage you to continue to experiment and take risks with your work.
Technical skills in both analogue and digital contexts are also major components in the production of personal photographic projects.
At Level 5, you’ll begin to explore the creative industries. This will include visiting professionals and presenting your experiences and learnings to your peers.
Level 6 (Third Year)
At Level 6, you’ll focus on your own practice and produce a major body of work for exhibition, a portfolio of professional documentation (website, CV, portfolio, blog etc.) and a critical text linked to your own practice.
At Level 4 and 5, every unit of study is introduced with a briefing and contextual lecture, followed by seminars, lectures, individual and group tutorials, workshops, presentations, viewings and critiques.
The relationship between theory and practice and technical skills will be consolidated and your knowledge of professional practice deepened to enable you to make informed choices about your future and career aspirations.
As part of your course you may also get the opportunity to take part in course trips, previous trips have included:
- New York
*These trips are optional and some may incur additional costs