Our BA Photography course will help you make the most of your creative vision and encourage you to develop your own personal approach.
You will be given the tools, opportunities and inspiration to explore the world we live in now, investigating photography’s role in the communication of ideas, opinion, comment, reportage, analysis and meaning through your own work and through debate. You can focus on editorial photography, portraiture, studio and fashion photography for magazines, books, exhibitions and new media, as well as carry out more investigative, reflective and conceptual work.
You will get full support from a dedicated and enthusiastic staff team, who have a broad range of professional expertise in a number of specialist areas, including digital imaging technology, documentary, editorial portraiture and reportage, fashion photography, curating and analysis, theory and writing. Our experienced specialist technicians are a well-integrated part of the team and are always willing to give you the expert technical support you need to achieve high-quality work.
Online demonstrations will introduce you to a number of technical skills, including both traditional and digital processes. Extensive campus facilities, when appropriate, include studios and darkrooms. There is an excellent online library provision. We have strong links with the industry in London, which means you will be able to make invaluable industry contacts too. At the end of your degree, you will the get a chance to show your work in either a dedicated exhibition in central London, or as a virtual exhibition online.
You will get much support throughout your course from all your tutors (including an assigned personal tutor), from your graduate academic assistant and from all the technical staff. Each one has studied your subject or an allied one and will provide the support you need. If you need some help with writing, numeracy or library skills, then we can provide this too. We also have ‘student learning assistants’ who are normally in their final year and can offer help, based on their own experiences. Our graduates go on to work in a number of fields within photography, on occasions winning industry awards and competitions.
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This degree encourages you to use your imagination and experiment at the same time as developing your skills. Throughout the course you will undertake a range of projects covering studio photography, portraiture, lighting and art direction, location shoots, landscape photography, sports and events, still life photography, fashion photography, architectural photography, urban landscape, reportage and documentary. You will learn to think critically about a range of issues and be able to communicate your responses to these in written form. With every project, you are required to give a critical perspective of your own work.
Your first year explores photography through eight different projects that will give you the opportunity to investigate different subjects from documentary to fashion. Drawing on literature from photography and cultural theory, a visual culture module will provide a historical and critical framework for a deeper understanding of a range of photographic practices. In your second year, you will work on themed projects where you will be able to evolve your own approach and develop your skills, for example. A visual culture module will address current themes that affect the ways in which photographs are made and seen and understood. By your final year of study, you will be prepared to build a professional portfolio based on a subject of your own choosing. This will be accompanied by a research project, which will provide a very useful theoretical underpinning for your own practice.
There have been visits from guest professionals including Rhiannon Adam, Adrian Bradshaw, Rachael Burns, Julian Calder, Brian Harris, Cheryl Newman, Martin Parr, Kate Peters, Ingrid Pollard, Simon Roberts, Nicola Shipley and Jem Southam.
We’ve made temporary changes to some course modules for students starting in 2020 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, there’s info on these updates below.
This module will introduce the contemporary methods applied to photographic practice within the fields of fashion, documentary and the urban environment. The module will also focus on several specialist fields in photography including documentary, fashion and the urban environment. You will develop an ability to research effectively, evaluate your own work and be able to place it in relation to an assessment rubric. You will also develop an awareness of ethics in photographic practice.
This module will introduce the skills inherent within traditional photographic processes and will provide you with a range of skills and knowledge in traditional photographic processes. You will be encouraged to establish an appreciation and application of the use of light within the photographic medium, and engage with staged imagery and art direction.
This module will introduce you to the photographic studio and digital darkroom as well as the skills and knowledge required in studio and digital photographic processes. You will engage with ideas of photographic construction and manipulation, and the relationship between photography, reality and truth. You will explore the use of constructed imagery in contemporary photographic practice and be able to emphasise the importance of collaboration within the editorial and commercial environments.
This module provides an introduction to the expanding and inter-disciplinary field of photography, focusing on London as its main site of exploration. You will be equipped with the skills to apply cultural theory as a critical tool in the analysis of photographic works and images, and will be exploring a range of histories, practices and theories relevant to the consideration of photography as a rich, expanded and interdisciplinary field of study. You will learn different ways of understanding the importance and meaning of photographs, across various modes of photographic production and consumption, with emphasis on its technological evolution, its history as an art form and the political, social and institutional uses to which it has been put. You will be able to make use of the particular resources offered in London as a way of considering the urban, social, art-historical and cultural contexts of photography.
This module uses contemporary professional editorial photographic practice as a framework to explore specialist pathways in portraiture, fashion and fine art. You will develop an understanding and application of contemporary professional editorial photographic practice. You will critically examine photography as part of a visual language and the context in which commissioned work is consumed with an emphasis on the relationship between commercial demands and artistic integrity. Your existing photographic skills and knowledge in relation to professional standards will be expanded. You will further develop an understanding of specialist pathways within photography with knowledge of historical context and current practice.
This module explores the idea of identity as a conceptual framework in photographic and artistic practice. Your understanding and ability to self-initiate photographic practice and research will be developed. You will identify a personal approach to the medium, exploring different specialist pathways, and expand your understanding of the photographer as author and investigate the work of both contemporary and historical practice in relation to your own work. You will experiment with and question both the production and consumption of photography and to articulate and discuss conceptual approaches to photographic work and its modes of presentation. You will further develop advanced techniques and technical skills to support this approach.
This module will explore ‘the other’ and our relationship with objects, environments and society. You will develop an understanding of the role of photography in interpreting and communicating the world around us through a personal socio-political and ideological viewpoint. You will investigate and observe objects, environments and society to understand how photographic representation can be used to explore, comment on and critique contemporary culture. The importance of the final photographic output and the context of its presentation and consumption will be emphasised. You will be encouraged to promote a deeper and more critical understanding of contemporary and historical practices in some of the specialist subject pathways. An appreciation and application of the advanced technical demands and stylistic choices inherent in producing work to a professional standard will be established.
This module takes an interdisciplinary approach to the critical study of historical and contemporary photographic practice. You will consider a range of theoretical approaches that are helpful in understanding the ways in which photographic meaning is produced and understood. You will be equipped with the necessary critical tools for the analysis of photographic images as well as the social practices, histories and cultures in which they are enmeshed. Your skills and confidence in writing practice and your critically informed and responsible photographic practice will be developed and enhanced.
This module will develop the knowledge and skills that are required to operate as an independent professional photographer. Your knowledge and skills will be extended to become a self-reflective and critically engaged photographer. You will develop appropriate research methods and analytical skills to both respond to commissions and to generate self-initiated projects. You will gain an awareness of how to negotiate commercial contexts and established professional standards of photographic practice. You will promote professional development through a self-negotiated work placement or similar, within an area of the photographic industry.
This module will develop your ability to formulate and write a critically informed photographic project proposal. The module will also facilitate the development of a personal direction of work, researched thoroughly and executed to a professional standard. You will be enabled to investigate strategies for developing ideas into negotiated photographic project proposals. You will be supported in further extending your technical knowledge and building confidence as skilled and independent practitioners.
In this module, you will develop a self-initiated project proposal that consolidates your personal or commercial photographic direction and interests. The module will facilitate the formulation of a coherent self-initiated project related to an area of professional practice as well as the creation of a professional portfolio appropriate to an area of the creative industry. You will consolidate understanding of the broader contextual and theoretical frameworks that underpin photographic work. You will be supported in the development of strategies to critically reflect upon and evaluate your own work
This module will facilitate you in identifying, developing and delivering an in-depth research project related to your study of photography, and culminating in an extended written essay. It will also facilitate you in developing an analytical engagement with a range of research resources in order to have a greater understanding of an area of photographic practice through its historical, theoretical and social contexts. You will consolidate the development of skills covering project identification, research organisation and development, time management, visual analysis and critical argument. You will extend your ability to think creatively about the presentation of conceptual, critical and contextual material in both written and visual form. You will be supported in consolidating the development of skills required for autonomous learning.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
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Graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture. Registered Architect and member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Worked with Ahrends Burton and Koralek, Foster Associates, GLC Architects and in own architectural practice. Research focus is photography. Photographs published in ‘The Architectural Review’, ‘The Architects' Journal’, ‘The Guardian’, ‘British Journal of Photography’, ‘Building Design’, ‘Architectural Design’. Photographs exhibited at Bath (Royal Photographic Society), Cheltenham, Building Centre London, South Bank Photo Show and Cotton’s Atrium, London Bridge and shown on RTE’s ‘Nationwide’ programme in Ireland September 2015. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Having studied an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, Philippe has gained a diverse range of professional experience from working with commercial photographers and contemporary international artists. Additionally, he has acquired an advanced knowledge of digital imaging technology, techniques and printing. Philippe is currently completing a photographic portraiture commission and producing new photographic / video work in London.
Alison graduated from Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Art & Design with a BA Hons in Professional Media: Photography. She has worked in London since 2000 in the Fashion and Editorial Photography industry and for five years as first assistant to the fashion photographer Tim Walker. This role involved organising and handling photographic equipment and lighting during photo shoots, print production as well as co-ordinating the printing/framing and installation of his recent retrospective 'Pictures' at the Design Museum in London.
Steve is a graduate of both the BA Hons Photography and MA Photography programmes at Middlesex University. He has been a finalist two years running in the Taylor Wessing prize at the National Portrait Gallery. His ‘Mythographie’ series explores the relationship between the Greek myths and contemporary society.
Steve studied Fine Art and got interested in photography through photographing live bands. During this period he photographed The Clash and other musicians including The Who. Spent a period as a photographer with the ‘The Ham and High’. A freelance photographer specialising mainly in editorial portraiture and reportage, his work has been in Vogue, The Independent Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Q, Top Gear, Car, Bike and Country Life(!). He has worked closely with the musician Peter Gabriel on two CD-ROM projects and has provided covers for numerous CDs on his Real World label. He has travelled extensively with Top Gear's James May, driving through Russia, Japan, Australia, India, Jordan and the USA on various motoring-related stories.
Gavin's work looks at the themes of cultural identity, religion, feminine empowerment and gender. His photography narratives Monarchs of the East End and Empire Line were presented as solo-exhibitions at Maison Des Arts de Creteil, Paris, 2007, at Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, London, 2007 and at Maison Folie, Wazemmes, Lille, 2006. His work was selected for The Photographers’ Gallery ‘freshfacedandwildeyed08’ in 2008. He has also exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Whitechapel Art Gallery, ICA, Royal Academy of Arts, Barbican Centre, National Maritime Museum and the Museum of London. His photographic work is held in the Photography and New Media permanent collection at the Harris Museum in Preston, UK.
Photography BA graduate
Photography BA graduate
Photography BA graduate
Photography BA graduate
Will was one of only four students whose project was recently chosen by a jury for exhibition at the Paris Photo Fair. His work was displayed in large format at the Gare du Nord station in Paris from October to November 2017.
Having my work selected for the Paris Photo Carte Blanche award meant that I had a focus for the work and a platform to show it soon after I graduated. On top of this, having my portfolio presented at Paris Photo fair gave me the opportunity to get feedback from a focused photographic audience, allowing me to gain experience talking about the work.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
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Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: October 2020, EU/International induction: September 2020
Duration: 3 years full-time, Usually 6 years part-time
Start: October 2020, EU/International induction: September 2020
Duration: 3 years full-time
Start: October 2020
Duration: 1 year full-time, + 3 years full-time
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