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 field trips, 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. Throughout your studies, we offer technical skill sessions and refreshers on anything from cyanotype darkroom printing to Adobe Photoshop. Key Course Benefits
- Current, excellent links within the industry, many of whom may provide employment, placements or professional guidance (subject to availability, application and additional costs), such as GRAIN, Photomonitor and Magnum Photos.
- Taught by current staff whose work has been featured in the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Modern, British Museum, The Saatchi Collection, The Photographers’ Gallery, Source, Photoworks, Photographies, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Red, Marie Claire, Southbank Centre London, Glamour, Channel 4, Spirit Square Center for the Arts North Carolina, PhotoIreland, Malmö Fotobiennal, Goa International Photography Festival, Les Recontres Arles Photographie, MAC Birmingham, and Jaipur Photography Festival.
- Opportunity to participate in self-funded study trips abroad to places like New York, Paris, Barcelona, Dublin, and Madrid to visit key industry events which in the past have included Paris Photo and centres for photography like the International Centre of Photography New York, and participate in workshops and receive talks by industry experts. (subject to availability, application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs)
- Well-stocked Media Loan Shop so you can borrow an extensive range of specialist, professional equipment, including digital medium format camera equipment, large format cameras, Bowens lighting, Canon and Nikon full frame digital SLRs and a full range of film cameras.
Our main study themes include: Histories and Practices: You will be introduced to key debates, themes and histories relating to the photographic medium through exploration of a broad range of concepts, issues and ideas that have shaped critical thinking about photography, historically and in the present day. Developing your analytical skills through written and oral presentations, you will enhance your critical appreciation of issues related to your individual practice-based work. Documents and Fictions: The photograph as a document of the ‘real’ world, the apparent capabilities of images to show ‘evidence’ and the role of storytelling in photographic practices provide the areas of investigation. You will explore a number of traditions, approaches and genres, through workshops, assignments and formative feedback reviews that focus on technical, methodological and conceptual ways of working. Your study of this area culminates with the proposal and development of an extended, coherent and considered body of work that demonstrates critical appreciation of issues related to these key themes underpinning photography. Digital Photomedia: We will investigate the impact that emergent digital platforms – and associated protocols, standards, languages and software – have had on photography and traditional media, and the rise of new cultural forms. You will explore various concepts, including issues of perception, the performance of embodiment, agency, citizenship, collective action, individual identity, time and spatiality. Picturing the Body: When creating depictions of the human form – whether this is the body of one’s self or other people – questions of power, difference, identity and context become particularly heightened. We will explore the photographic encounter between a photographer and their subject, and the various aesthetic, technical, methodological and ethical issues this can involve within a range of genres, contexts and themes, such as gender, science, identity, fashion, performance and anthropology. Concepts and approaches: We will explore contemporary debates around the interpretation of photographs and the construction of photographic meaning. The genres, contexts and practices in which photographs are produced and consumed are considered through a range of critical frameworks and themes, such as: space and place; death and photography; photography and cinema; psychoanalysis; photography and gender; and photography and nationhood. Community, Culture and Identity: We examine the role of photography in perpetuating, interpreting or questioning notions of community, culture and identity in order to produce ‘knowledge’ or manufacture ‘visual pleasure’. We will look at a wide variety of practices and contexts, ranging from official identification portraiture, the archive, fashion, advertising, the family album and online networks through to work that seeks to show situations or communicate ideas about the social, political and economic circumstances that shape human experience. Photography and Narrative: Focusing on technical, methodological and conceptual ways of working, we will explore a number of traditions, approaches and genres in which photography is used to document the ‘real’ world, show ‘evidence’ and tell stories. For details about individual modules please visit the course page on our website.
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|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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