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Photography BA(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time W640 2018

Why choose this course?

On this course you'll study both digital and traditional photography. You'll be encouraged to experiment, follow your own interests and develop ideas and skills applicable to different professional contexts. These include advertising, architecture, documentary, fashion, contemporary art, interiors, editorial and travel.

You'll get to use a range of professional-grade facilities and equipment, from high-end digital capture and studios and darkrooms. There is also opportunities to work with historic 19th century processes including cyanotypes and salt prints. We are located close to central London so you'll be connected to one of the most renowned cities in the world for photography and get to visit a wide range of exhibitions and events.

All our staff are industry professionals who regularly exhibit and publish their work to national and international acclaim. They include Judy Price, Anthony Lam, Lauren Winsor, Zoe Childerley, Charlie Murphy, Henry Bond, Diego Ferrari and Ingrid Pollard.

We have many links with industry including the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Impressions Gallery, National Archives at Kew; The Photographers' Gallery; British Journal of Photography and the Association of Photographers. You'll get to hear from photographers and industry practitioners through our Industry Professional lecture and workshop programme.

What you will study

You'll develop your creativity and photography through workshops and self-initiated projects and a programme of lectures, seminars and tutorials will enhance your learning and preparation for your professional future. Our teaching relates your own ideas and ambitions to the critical, contemporary and historical contexts of photography.

Year 1 broadens your awareness of photography, encouraging you to experiment with new approaches and techniques.

Year 2 focuses on the direction of your photography, continuing to develop your ideas, skills and your portfolio.

In Year 3, you will progress to produce work that is assured and focused on your ambitions after graduation.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module introduces the course. It introduces active learning, research and reflection through practical photography projects which lead from thematic and conceptual to self-initiated and developmental projects. These projects will involve increasing engagement with conceptual and thematic concerns utilising different methodologies for work. There is an emphasis on the self-initiated development of critical photography in response. Students develop and independently produce (with tutorial support) a body of work(s) that can be considered "personal photography" arising from personal concerns. In effect a committed and serious independent practice on reflection, rather than purely a set response to project briefs.

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  • This module's focus is on the attainment of an array of production and technical skills to expand and enhance students' development of a personal (and professional standard) photographic language. It is primarily concerned with the development of a critical awareness of photography processes, photography and related transferable skills, research and critical thinking. It begins with active learning through skills based projects, both analogue and digital. All projects will encompass conceptual concerns, individual development and critical engagement with a photographic ‘way of seeing' and working with light, both natural and artificial, which lead from thematic and conceptual to self-initiated and developmental projects. Each project will be introduced and continue with technical workshops, group seminars a series of group project reviews. and individual tutorial support.

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  • In this module students develop and progress further their independent photography and begin to engage with the moving image, extending their skillset and enhancing the potential for all image based work. The intention is for students to explore and exam the implications of different modes for editorial presentation with their photography and image making. Students will be supported to develop appropriate methods of presentation through tutorials, workshops aligned with their contribution to the seminar programme where they show and discuss work-in-progress to their peer group. Students will self-publish photographic books and other photographic series of works for summative assessment at the end of each teaching block.

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  • This module introduces the various contexts in which the contemporary practices of photography, are defined, debated and displayed. The module is designed to support students' first steps as practitioners within the wider field of the visual arts in the 21st century. Through lectures, discussions, screenings and exhibition visits they will be introduced to the historical framework of modernity and post-modernity in order to understand the development and contemporary situation of their discipline. The module is organised as discrete but related teaching blocks that progress from broader questions of cultural practice to the more specific debates that have framed the historical development photography and its associated fields - for example moving images and fine art. In the first block, the emphasis is broad and focused on developing in students, an understanding of the notion of practice in the visual arts, by addressing the historical, theoretical, social and political factors that have affected our understanding of its function. In the second block, students will be encouraged to consider the key debates, theoretical questions and changing contexts that inform their discipline. Throughout there is an emphasis on the introduction of key analytical, critical and research skills, and through close engagement with visual sources, historical texts and contemporary critical writing, students will begin to develop the tools necessary to discuss, conceptualise and reflect on their own emerging practice.

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Year 2

  • Students develop portfolios of independent photography and a journal that demonstrate a growing awareness of the photographic specialism or context to which their photography relates. The development of an independent photographic practice is supported through group seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials. Students research the historical and contemporary context of that specialism and deliver seminars in which they visually contextualize their practice. Elective ‘slide seminars' in which students' work is seen immersed within examples of photography from diverse professional contexts act as a platform for discussion of style, aesthetics and ideas.

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  • Students are supported to further develop identified technical skills and knowledge through participation in a series of analytical studio-based workshops. They are encouraged to build and extend this expertise through the development of their own independent practice. Students also have the opportunity to participate in collaborative projects in the fields of fine art, advertising, live art and fashion photography. The module also enables students to further develop their confidence in working critically as individuals and in groups. They continue to use journals as a means of analyzing their practice, context, research and making evident their thinking and working processes - as well as mapping expertise acquired.

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  • On this module students will consider the implications of different modes of presentation on their evolving independent photographic practices. They will develop a new body of photographic work which form the core of their portfolio and end of module presentation. Students will produce and present a body work conceived and delivered as a group exhibition / publication as an introduction to professional development which is explored more fully at level 6. This is designed to help students start the process of developing the skills that will equip them for professional life. Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. A series of theoretical lectures complement the practical aspects of the module.

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  • Building on the historical contexts introduced at Level 4, this module concentrates on the theoretical frameworks in which photography is produced, consumed and interpreted today. Introducing case studies emerging from current trends in contemporary photographic practice, the module is taught as a combination of lecture, seminar, workshop and exhibition visits through which students will be encouraged and enabled to identify and experience the vital links between practice and research. The political, social, philosophical and aesthetic issues driving current practice will be introduced via lecture and seminar discussion, focused and deepened through independent reading and research, and applied and evaluated through workshops on research practice. With reference to key texts that have informed the development of photographic theory, students will acquire the knowledge and analytical skills to build a framework within which to engage with the critical contexts in which photography operates. They will also develop research methods appropriate to the study and practice of their discipline, propose an area of research for development at Level 6, and begin to contextualise and make sense of the concerns emerging in their own practice.

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Year 3

  • This module is concerned with the development, creation and evidencing of a range of vital professional skills: the ability to respond with limited lead time to a photography brief (using skills gained in Level 4 and L5); the creation of a professional work-seeker's photography portfolio; the ability to present and coherently rationalise work to an audience; the production of a relevant CV; evidence of a web-presence. The aim of this module is to ensure that the student is well prepared to further a career in photography (and/or related fields) upon graduation and thereafter.

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  • In this module students will produce and display a coherent body of independent photographic work. They are required to synthesise and consolidate practical skills, critical approaches and understanding of the context of contemporary photographic practice through the production and presentation of a major body of work including exhibition installation. They will develop and apply skills of editing, selection, sequencing, printing, framing and other appropriate presentation to produce this final portfolio and display of photographic works, enabling them to progress to professional practice or further study.

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  • Building on the links between research and practice embedded at Level 5, the Critical and Historical Studies (CHS) Dissertation: Research and Reflection module focuses on in-depth research, critical enquiry and reflection on questions and critical issues emerging in students' own practice, and pertinent to the practice of their own discipline.

    Over the module, students will initiate and develop an individual research topic; identify and evaluate appropriate archives, bodies of critical literature, visual/material sources and research methods; manage their study time; engage with and respond to tutorial dialogue and peer feedback, and apply critical and analytical skills to produce a 6,000 word written Dissertation, supported by a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

    Following the submission of the dissertation, and to support the realisation of studio capstone projects, students will be assisted with the conception and development of an individual Statement that enables self-reflection and locates students within the contemporary contexts of their discipline. Consolidating the research, reflexive and critical skills acquired throughout students' programme of study, the Statement engages and applies learning undertaken within CHS modules to studio practice, supporting students' self-presentation at Degree Show, in future post-graduate study, and/or professional practice in a variety of Art and Design contexts.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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