You'll examine the relation of photography to environment, with a particular emphasis on space. Internal and external, urban and rural environments are an important feature of our cultural, social and political experience. This unit provides the opportunity to explore these ideas through the genres of documentary, architecture, landscape and street photography.
You'll explore the ways in which identity is expressed in photography. Identity is never a 'given' in a photograph, it's always a matter of construction and negotiation, and in this unit you’ll learn about how this works.
After a basic introduction to a range of different methodologies, exploring the notions of the singular image, tableau, series and/or montage, you'll decide on the mode of production of your work. Your project can be realised in the studio, with the option to undertake set-builds; or on location, as appropriate to your concept. This will be a visual project with outputs such as a book, exhibition, installation, moving image, magazine, zine or online publication.
This concludes the first year and encourages you to reflect upon your progress so far, to consolidate your successes and begin to make work not defined by a set brief, but driven by personal research and exploration.
The Photo-Object unit encourages you to consider the relationship between photography and objects. This basic premise will be explored through a series of workshops focusing on the composition, lighting and layering of objects, within both studio and external settings. Working alongside these sessions will be a series of related lectures.
Working individually or as a team, you will develop a film concept and style, while also establishing a timeline to organise the production of your video throughout the unit. You’ll be expected to situate your work within wider industrial, social and cultural developments. Alongside your practical work you’ll be supported with a series of lectures, seminars, workshops and visual practice tutorials.
You'll produce a substantial body of work reflecting upon your learning, creativity and individuality. You'll be encouraged to experiment, challenge your image making skills and produce a series of work that forms a coherent narrative. The story, and how you tell it, is up to you but should be considered and reflect upon your research into historical and contemporary practice in visual culture.
Exposure: Positioning Practice
This unit serves to consolidate your learning throughout year two and focuses attention on where your practice and career are heading in the short and long term. It is designed to synthesise understanding of your practice with regard to the dissemination of work, possible directions you might take in year three, and consideration of where you might want to work within the creative industries.
Study Abroad (optional)
Is an optional unit that will allow you to spend a period of time in an overseas education institution.
This requires you to make a significant body of work, drawing on the skills and knowledge you've acquired on the course. Essentially, your independently led project requires sustained critical development, strong conceptual ideas, risk taking, aesthetic judgement, and sophisticated communication with a detailed understanding of context.
The Exposure unit is intended to help you progress your photographic practice along with your communication and professional skills, and has two distinct elements. The first is to produce a photographic body of work along with associated contextual input with a professional client. Secondly, you will produce a professional dossier including your career plan, personal branding, evidence to accompany your input into the year three exhibitions and a photographic portfolio.
This written unit comprises a substantial period of sustained, individually negotiated research on a subject likely to be related to the contextual and/or theoretical concerns of your chosen area of study (which may include specific disciplinary concern and/or wider cultural practice).
This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:
Fees and additional course costs
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:
- UK students - £9,250
- International and EU students - £16,950 (standard fee)
- International and EU students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)
Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry.
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:
These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.
Through industry-facing project briefs, strong links with practitioners at multiple levels, portfolio reviews, visiting lectures, and annual exhibitions, students are introduced to a range of voices and experiences within the world of fashion photography, photography and moving image.
We also hold weekly lectures with well-known names within the industry. Past lecturers have included:
- Rut Blees Luxemburg
- Sophie Rickett
- Stephen Gill
- Eva Stenram
- John Stezaker
- Simon Roberts
- Esther Teichmann
- Olivia Pomp
- Roy Mehta
- Shirley Read
- David Vintiner
- Cameron Griffiths
- Katja Mayer
- Karl Ohiri
- Kathleen McGown
- Rosie Whitney-Fish
- Holly Lansdell
- Claudia Singer
- Lewis Bush
- Tia Treherne
- Frederike Helwig
- Catherine Viellevoije
- Sasha Hitchcock
- Peter Dench
- Cheryl Newman
- Oliver Gapper
- Anne Pinxt-Braybon
- Nigel Grimmer
- Junko Mikuriya
- Vivek Vadoliya
- Christopher Coekin
- Tiffany Jones
- Nils Rikard Osterlund
- Rosemary Martin
- Ophelia Wynne
- Giacomo Brunelli.