Why study at Roehampton
- All teaching staff are research active and/or have recent and relevant commercial photography experience.
- Dedicated employability modules which give you the opportunity to investigate and trial your area of career interest.
- High specification equipment and studio facilities, including an industry-standard medium format digital camera.
This course develops students’ visual and intellectual engagement with photography. You will develop a range of advanced technical skills and engage with provocative theoretical materials in order to gain a wide-ranging understanding of contemporary photographic culture. You will also have access to an industry standard studio, darkroom and two Mac suites that will facilitate your work.
Students will explore the nature of photographic meaning. As such, they will be encouraged to think about the context(s) in which the photograph is produced, distributed and consumed. Students will also consider the idea that photographs are "made" rather than "taken" and examine the way meanings are constructed, engaged with and understood. Also, throughout the year, students will develop their practical skills in analogue and digital photography. Students will enrol on a combination of compulsory and optional modules. All modules will consist of theoretical and advanced practical components.
In the second semester, students will have the opportunity to enrol on the Career Preparation module. Other second-year modules include:
- Photography and the Home
- Photography and Commodity Culture
- Photojournalism and Documentary Practices
- Identity and Difference
Although the emphasis in year three is on independent research, students will also benefit from structured lecture programmes and tutorial support. Most students will produce a large-scale practical project that will be developed over the course of both semesters. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Contemporary Photographic Practices and Extended Essay and Work Placement modules.
- Group presentations
- Gallery and museum visits
- Field trips
Assessment of theoretical work typically involves the marking of essays and the subsequent provision of written and oral feedback. Student presentations are generally assessed in class and feedback is usually oral. Practical work is assessed in a group "crit" situation where staff comment on student work. Students are also encouraged to participate in the provision of feedback to their peers.
Assessment is continuous through the modular system.
Most photography modules involve a split between theory and practice. During the first and second years, students receive a substantial amount of tutor-led input, although students are strongly encouraged to develop an independent approach to learning. During the third year the emphasis is on self-directed independent learning.
Examples of assignments
Typical assignments on first-year modules include the submission of a 1,500-word essay that addresses aspects of the production, distribution and consumption of photography, and a piece of practical work.
Bate, David (2009) Photography: The Key Concepts, Oxford: Berg
Bull, Stephen (2010) Photography, London: Routledge.
Student works from recent years
Student work produced on first, second and third-year modules:
- Photography and Commodity Culture
- Project Proposal
- Independent Project
Freelance photography, assisting photographers, arts administration, creative roles in related fields including advertising and marketing, teaching in the visual arts, further study in the visual arts or arts administration.