Practice modules are designed to provide training in the production techniques and procedures of a variety of photographic media. They also encourage you to develop a creative, critically informed and self-reflective approach to your practical work. You are equipped with a set of skills and knowledge relevant to a critical understanding of the production and consumption of photographic images. Modules draw on a number of other disciplines, notably art history and film studies, linguistics and semiotics, sociology and psychoanalysis
This course covers photography, digital imaging, photographic histories and critical theory. With a balanced emphasis on practice and theory, it is designed to equip you with a range of skills and a thorough understanding of the uses, functions and meanings of images in relation to art, society and culture. You will develop your ability to produce photographic work in a variety of media, and develop techniques for the most effective communication of ideas that are also sensitive to audience, purpose and context. In addition to our experienced and highly respected teaching staff, a team of dedicated technicians and a wide range of visiting lecturers and guest speakers support the course.
Many of our graduates go on to work as photographers in the commercial and fine art sectors, or pursue a range of careers within the broader photographic industries, such as picture editors and researchers, museum and gallery curators, writers, historians, teachers and community project workers.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
This level provides a thorough and intensive grounding in key techniques, theories and concepts, forming the basis for later learning.
Subjects of study include: Key Photographic Skills (a full range of analogue camera formats (35mm, 120 and 5x4) and DSLR cameras); digital and analogue darkroom processing; printing; image manipulation; studio lighting; and electronic flash.
Key historical and critical concepts in the first year include modernity and modernism, semiotics, visual languages, and the history and role of the photograph in society.
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
This level is research and project based. Options allow you to develop specialist skills in publishing, gallery practice or video. You are also required to produce work for real-world contexts, either for external clients or public exhibition. Theory modules explore the ways in which meanings and persuasion are created in photographic imagery, the relationship between new technologies and vision, power and social control, and the contribution of the unconscious to subjectivity and identity.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Modules are based on your ability to structure your own programme and to develop a more independent approach to your work. Study centres on the production of two major pieces of work, the dissertation in theory and the major project in practice, all supported by regular tutorials and workshops. Professional Futures acts as a launchpad for your career, as does the end of year degree show exhibition.
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