The Photography programme enables you to develop discipline-specific skills in four key areas: professional photographic practice; collaborative project work; aesthetics, and digital imaging. The core techniques and skills are covered in the first year and the following years provide opportunities for professional and commercial projects that bring these skills together to create a portfolio of your achievements.
In the first year you will work with industry standard equipment to learn how to set up and manage a photographic studio; how to process and edit images, and how to understand the basic ethical and legal issues relevant to photography. Other modules will engage you with Photography students in other years, as they commission and edit work from you. The classes are based around photographic practice and also to support your understanding of the modern professional context for photography (team work; collaboration, and project management).
In the second year the skills you acquired in the first year are set in a stronger commercial and professional context. You will learn how to arrange and manage shoots on location and you will now be the students commissioning work from the first year students, managing and organising their projects and editing and approving the images they provide. You will also learn how to use digital imaging software to produce images from a range of sources (from professional cameras to phone snaps) in a range of commercial formats (poster, jpeg file, marketing flyer, &c). You will study the history of photography with an eye to technical and stylistic innovation, and you
In the final year the focus is on building a strong portfolio to demonstrate your abilities to potential employers. You will source and pitch for commercial briefs that you will then distribute to second year students. You will learn about professional curatorial practice and the nature of photographic exhibitions and you will put this awareness into practice, helping organise, manage, and market an end-of-year photography show. Option modules will allow you to explore a range of practical topics, such as entrepreneurial business practices, innovations in contemporary photography, and the modern creative media industries.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: