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 use of an industry standard studio, darkroom and two Mac suites that will facilitate your work.
You will benefit from London‘s vibrant creative scene with some of the world’s leading magazines, agencies, studios and galleries based in the capital.
Students will engage with a number of specific practical projects exploring different ways of working with photography using both analogue and digital photography. Projects will involve producing prints, photobooks and working with image and text. Throughout the year a series of workshops will introduce key technical skills including software, camera and lighting skills. In addition, some modules will introduce to a range of theoretical materials on visual culture with the aim of developing students’ analytical and written skills through essay-based assessments.
In the second year students will have the opportunity to focus their practical and conceptual skills in a number of different areas including working with portrait, landscape and documentary photography. Students will continue to develop their technical and written skills, becoming more proficient and accomplished in both areas. They will also have the opportunity to enroll on a Career Preparation module.
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 developed over the course of both semesters. Students will be able to continue with dedicated employability modules including the Portfolio module in which students produce a professional portfolio in their chosen area. In addition, students will produce an extended piece of written research in the Dissertation module.
- Group presentations
- Gallery and museum visits
- Field trips
Practical work is assessed in a group "crit" situation where staff feedback on students’ work; students are also encouraged to participate in the provision of feedback to their peers. Assessment of theoretical work typically involves the marking of essays and the subsequent provision of written and oral feedback. Students have many opportunities for feedback on all their assessments, both practical and written, prior to submission at the end of the module.
Modules often 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 with continuous tutorial support.
Examples of assignments
Typical assignments in the first year include practice-based projects focused on a particular genre with some modules including the submission of a 1,500-word essay engaging with an aspect of visual culture.
Bate, David (2009) Photography: The Key Concepts, Oxford: Berg
Bull, Stephen (2010) Photography, London: Routledge.
Sawdon Smith, R, Langford, M & Fox, A (2010) Langford's Basic Photography: The Guide for Serious Photographers, Focal Press: London
Photography work from our alumni
- The Photobook: Concept, Narrative and Design
- Photojournalism and Documentary Practices
- Portfolio Development
Students will be equipped with a broad range of skills that are useful for future careers as photographers or within other media related fields. Career options include freelance photographer, assisting photographers, arts administration, creative roles in related fields such as advertising, marketing and PR, teaching in the visual arts, further study in the visual arts or arts administration.