Photography

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Saturday 14 November 2020

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  • Hone your photography skills, on the doorstep of London’s vibrant creative scene. 
  • Work with staff active in the latest research or with recent commercial experience. 
  • Use the latest high spec equipment and studio facilities, including an industry-standard medium format digital camera. 
  • Study in our brand-new, state-of-the-art media facilities, complete with photography studios and Mac suites - find out more. 
  • Roehampton is ranked in the top 20 universities in the country for photography (Guardian University Guide 2019). 
  • 100% of students satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2018) 
  • 100% of graduates in work or further study after six months (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education survey 2018).
  • Within one year of graduation, Roehampton graduate salaries for film and photography are 7th highest in the country (LEO 2020)

Summary

Develop advanced photography skills, and gain a wide-ranging understanding of contemporary photographic culture, on our inspiring BA Photography degree course.  

You’ll be on the doorstep of London’s vibrant creative scene, with some of the world’s leading magazines, agencies, studios and galleries within easy reach. 

While developing your photography and technical skills, you’ll become adept at using 35mm film cameras, film processing equipment, DSLR cameras, medium and large format cameras, and studio and location lighting.  

You'll learn to use all the relevant software packages, including Photoshop and Capture One, as well as developing digital darkroom skills and practical skills, such as project management, presentation and problem solving. 

On campus, you'll have access to all the state-of-the-art media facilities housed in the brand-new Sir David Bell media building, including studios, processing equipment and Mac suites. 

On the theoretical side, we’ll explore contemporary and historical photographic practices and their diverse uses in cultural fields such as journalism, fine art, fashion, editorial, advertising and web design.  

You'll learn about the relationship between photography and disciplines such as cultural studies, anthropology and philosophy; and become familiar with the work of key theorists and practitioners involved in the ongoing development of the field, such as Roland Barthes, and Broomberg and Chanarin.  

Central to the course is the development of your own portfolio of work. For the past seven years, final-year students have exhibited their work at Free Range in Brick Lane, which provides an ideal platform for exposure, as well as opportunities to meet vital industry contacts. 

We offer opportunities to explore career options, so you can assess your choices, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and learn how to present an excellent application. There are also opportunities to undertake a work placement. 

  • Year one 

    • Undertake practical projects exploring both analogue and digital photography. Projects can involve producing prints, photobooks and working with image and text.  
    • Start building key technical skills in areas such as software, camera work and lighting.  
    • Other modules cover theoretical materials on visual culture, with the aim of developing your analytical and written skills. 

    Year two 

    • Focus your practical and conceptual skills in a number of different areas, including working with portrait, landscape and documentary photography.  
    • Other modules currently include Visual Storytelling and Image and Appropriation. 

    Year three 

    • Develop and produce your own body of high-quality work to an industry-level standard.  
    • Continue building your portfolio or your critical understanding of photography.  
    • Choose to carry out an extended piece of written research, supported by our team of expert staff. 

Here are some of the modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Compulsory module
The Photobook
Reading Photography
Remix Photography
Photographic Practice 1
Online Video Production

Optional module
Truth and Fiction

All students must attend the following practical sessions:
Technical Demonstrations (Level 4)

 

Year 2

Compulsory module
Photographic Practice 2

Optional modules
Photojournalism and Documentary Practices
Reinventing Visual Storytelling
Identity
Connectivities
Space and Place
Career Preparation

Year 3

Compulsory Modules
Project Proposal
Independent Project
Contemporary Photographic Practices
Professional Portfolio

Optional Modules
Work Placement
Extended Essay

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Recent graduates have gone on to work successfully as commercial photographers, fine art photographers, fashion photographers, marketing agents, photojournalists, picture editors, PR agents, studio managers, retouchers, retouching bureau managers and tutors.

See photography work of our alumni: 

This work was successfully completed by students of the 2020 graduating year during the lockdown period of Covid-19.

The work will be showcased in the campus gallery in the Sir David Bell Building and will appear in the Truman Brewery Show in Brick Lane in 2021. The work of our students appeared online in the Association of Photographer's (AOP) online graduate showcase and some were selected for prizes including The Photographer's Gallery's instagram takeover. 

The tutors for this class were Theo Price, Mark Riley, Paul Antik and Sharon Young. 

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement between years 2 & 3 of the course. A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience and skills within an industry or sector of choice.

In your first two years of study you will learn about industry needs and skills required to be successful in applying for a placement through a series of workshops and curriculum based sessions. You will be encouraged to develop your Personal Development Plan and CV and will be provided with access to the University's support services including Placements, Careers and Academic Guidance.

Please note, the Placements team will offer support and guidance in searching for and applying to placements, however a placement cannot be guaranteed.

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Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.