This course is designed for students looking for an experimental, creative and critical environment in which to engage with photography and digital media.
Modules cover broad contexts of photography including, but not limited to the following areas: fashion, landscape, advertising, architecture and environment, documentary and editorial.
The course also explores potential directions in which technological change impacts upon photography. You will develop your creative ability and technical skills through a range of set and self-directed projects.
Course Structure and Content
Studio based modules are supported with studies in critical and historical contexts of photography, while visiting lecturers provide valuable industry perspectives and identify potential opportunities within the creative industries.
The first year looks at fundamental photographic principles and practice. Modules cover darkroom, studio and basic principles of digital imaging. Project based modules explore the potential of digital contexts, while historical and critical studies will inform your individual practice.
In your second year you will explore the relationship between photographic practice and the persuasive language of photographic imagery. Your study will include advanced studio practice, and you will continue to explore new technologies in photo-media. Studio modules offer tutorial led project work and incorporate professional workshop sessions led by industry practitioners. A range of production workshops explores materials and methods for photographic reproduction in both print and electronic forms of communication. Critical studies continue to inform and assist your individual practice.
During this final year you will be able to define your own practice. Your knowledge and understanding of the medium will be advanced and you will have developed evaluative skills that will enable you to critique your own work. Self directed work forms the basis of third year practice and is supported by workshops and tutorials with academic staff and industry practitioners. The year ends with a public exhibition of portfolio work.
Teaching Methods and Resources
Throughout the course you will explore the contextual framework of Photography through Historical and Critical studies modules and you will gain industry awareness through Professional Practice Modules. The programme will engage with creative and industry partners to offer ‘Live’ projects and open up opportunities to experience a professional working atmosphere in a safe environment.
You will benefit from links with local, regional as well as national and international creative industries and associations such as the Royal Photographic Society.
A wide range of career opportunities are open to you such as social documentary photography, art photography, fashion photography, editorial photography, photography and landscape, advertising, and moving image.
Insight into professional practice:
Recent industry guest speakers include: Neil Drabble, Kathryn Faulkner, Simon Larbalestier, Gina Lundy, Donald Maclellan, Carol Sachs, Andy Sewell, Ian Teh, Stephen Vaughan.
Testimonials from current year 3 students 2012/13
“Studying Photography has massively widened my knowledge and understanding of photography and design in general. I have worked with many professional photographers and have gained a lot of confidence in myself, my photography and within my personal life. The lecturers at Bath Spa University have supported and inspired me in my time here. I have made many friends for life along with industry connections. This has been an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget. I’m very thankful to be a student studying Photography at Bath Spa University”.
“During my time on the course I have been given many opportunities to explore and develop my photography skills, with workshops held by the academic staff as well as many visiting professionals. The range of equipment on offer for students to use allows us to explore what we can aspire to work with as professionals. The academic staff are extremely supportive. The school itself is small and contained but has a warm welcoming feel to it and each course has the ability to mix and collaborate with each other. I have enjoyed my time on the course and have felt myself grow not only as a photographer but as an individual”.
“I am a mature student and joined the photography course after working 20 years within the graphic design industry. I found the structure of the course both flexible to suit my interests in photography but also commercially aware which I find very important as I am now about to start my 3rd year and will need to be prepared for working once I have graduated. The course structure and the tutors are very aware of this and this year we have lots of workshops and industry links planned all with the sole purpose of preparing us for post-graduation. That said though, I really enjoy the artistic freedom we have on the course and this is also supported by a range of tutors who come from different backgrounds whether that be commercial or fine art. All in all I have truly enjoyed my first 2 years at Bath Spa, I am excited to be starting my last year but am already feeling sad that it will be over soon”.