Ranked 1st in the UK for Film Production and Photography in the Guardian University Guide 2019, our highly-esteemed Photography degree is designed to create ‘next generation’ photographers – independent, creative, critical, adaptable and professional.
We aim to equip you with a critical understanding of contemporary photographic practice in its wider cultural, historical and professional contexts. We will work with you to develop a high standard of technical and practical skills across a wide range of analogue and digital photography processes, and associated media equipment and platforms.
All of our staff are experienced practitioners, who work across the industries of photography. They draw upon their knowledge, expertise and experience of working with photography in a variety of professional contexts, as editorial photographers, curators, writers, researchers, picture editors, archivist, and educators for organisations such as the National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, IC Visual Lab, Barbican Art Gallery, British Museum, Offprint, Photoworks, Artangel, Photofusion, Channel 4, Time Inc. and Conde Nast. The excellence of their work is internationally recognised through awards such as Conde Nast Vogue Award, Elle Portrait Award, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and the Association of Photographers Awards.
Using industry-standard equipment and software, you’ll be taught in open photography classes where you can take advantage of contributions from our network of photographic experts from across the globe. In the past, this has included workshops, lectures, collaborative projects and online international learning projects, for example, with the Universidad de Europa de Madrid, Spain and Universitatea Nationala De Arte, Bucharest. On UK and international industry fieldtrips, we’ll introduce you to publishers, agencies, studios, galleries and museums, such as Belfast Exposed Photography, Museo del Prado Madrid, Museum of Modern Art New York, Source, Rope Press, Self-Publish Be Happy, Museum of London, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Law Magazine, Aperture, Paris Photo, GRAIN and International Centre of Photography New York.
The focus of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities is on learning by doing, so you graduate with the skills to immediately start a successful career – 100% of our 2014/15 graduates were in work or further study after six months. Throughout your studies, we offer technical skill sessions and refreshers on anything from cyanotype darkroom printing to Adobe Photoshop.