School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - Art and Design
UCAS Code: W640
Start Date(s): September
Three years full-time
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £14,400 per year
- Develop your individual creative ability with the support of dedicated practitioners and tutors who have extensive experience in the field
- Explore a range of professional photographic specialisms
- Emphasis on hybrid, experimental and trans-media platforms
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
By providing you with a solid foundation in photographic theory and practice, this course will offer you the opportunity to take risks, explore ideas and realise your creative potential. The course aims to create flexible, resourceful and creative photographers with well-developed transferable skills, that can be applied to a broad range of commercial, commerce and art based careers.
You will work with industry-standard equipment and studios to support you from image capture through to exhibition. You will learn to apply a range of practical contemporary photographic and digital skills in order to explore the creative and intellectual potential of existing, experimental and digital photographic techniques and their application within the creative arts and media industries.
Some of the career routes that photography graduates go on to include, archivists, assistants, art directors, curators, digital artists, exhibiting photographers, freelancers, picture researchers, printers, retouches, studio managers, teachers, videographers. You will also have the potential to move across into related careers in marketing, branding, technical support and PR.
Year 1The first year of the course is about gaining skills, knowledge and confidence to enable creative play while exploring contemporary photographic practices. You will study a combination of practical and academic/contextual based modules which develop knowledge, understanding and a critical reflective approach towards photographic practice and your own work. Contextual studies lectures and seminars develop knowledge, intellectual rigour, visual literacy and research skills. From this base of practice and theory you will begin to develop an informed understanding of photographic languages.
Year 2The second year of the course enhances understanding of professional contexts and contemporary photographic theory and practice. You will continue to develop your own photographic practice and critical skills through a series of projects, folio development, written assignments and research presentations. Emphasis here is on risk taking and the exploration of and experimentation with ideas, research methods, communication skills and imaginative approaches to practice. Professional skills and understanding are developed in relation to areas such as still and moving image, experimental image making, exhibiting, and industry awareness.
Year 3The third year of the course further develops an independent approach to photography. You will define an area you wish to explore from both a artistic and professional standpoint. You will focus on realising your creative potential by undertaking a major self-directed project. Individual motivation will be relied upon, and your work will be supervised by academics and practitioners from a broad range of backgrounds and specialisms. This practical body of work is underpinned by extensive practical and theoretical research, and the writing of a contextual dissertation, which critically informs all of your work.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.