Anyone can press the button on a camera. Our BA (Hons) Photography course will encourage you to critically consider every aspect of this art form, from the composition, to the audience and post-production. You’ll learn about the 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, which is becoming increasingly important as photographers work across genres.
You will have access to our award-winning facilities and equipment including 35mm, medium and large-format cameras, medium-format digital camera backs, digital SLRs, lenses and lighting gear. You will learn how to use our fully equipped lighting studios, infinity coves, and black-and-white darkrooms with 35mm, medium and large-format capabilities. We have colour-film processors, film scanners, digital video cameras and edit suites, and Mac suites that feature industry-standard software.
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 will help you to build a diverse portfolio of experience.
Our programme of internationally renowned speakers has included Martin Parr, Erik Kessels, Ewen Spencer, Anouk Kruithof, Cristina De Middel, Guy Martin, Thijs Groot Wassink (WassinkLungdren), Simon Roberts and Kevin Cummins. In the past there have been study visits to Paris, Los Angeles, Berlin, Shanghai, Tokyo and New York, plus day-trips within the UK and to the Format International Photography Festival in Derby.