Anyone can press the button on a camera. BA (Hons) Photography will encourage you to critically consider every aspect of this art form, from the composition to the audience to post-production. You’ll learn about the whole world of visual language and image making, from art direction to curating, and learn to use a wide range of traditional and digital formats and equipment.
We’re looking for students with a range of interests and an open mind, who embrace broader practices around photography. This is important because photographers increasingly work across genres, from fine art to documentary picture-making.
This is an outward-looking course, designed to maximise your employability or freelance success on graduation. Beside learning extensive technical skills, you’ll benefit from enterprise and business skills (including copyright and licensing), networking, mentoring, work experience opportunities and guest speakers. Collaborations with students on other courses, such as Fashion, Creative Advertising and Graphic Design, will help you build a diverse portfolio of experience.
Our programme of internationally renowned speakers has included Martin Parr, Erik Kessels, Anouk Kruithof, Cristina De Middel, Thijs Groot Wassink (WassinkLungdren), Simon Roberts and Kevin Cummins. In the past there have been study visits to Paris, Berlin, Shanghai, Tokyo and New York, plus day-trips within the UK and to the Derby Format Festival.
We can lend you camera bodies, lenses, lighting gear and much more. You’ll have access to 35mm, medium and large-format cameras, medium-format digital camera backs, digital SLRs and video. You’ll use our fully equipped lighting studios, our infinity coves, and black -and-white darkrooms with 35mm, medium and large-format capabilities.
We also have a colour-film processor, Hasselblad scanner, a digital video-editing suite and DV cameras, and our Apple Mac suites feature industry-standard software. Our library has all of the specialist publications and contemporary journals you might need.