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