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On this course you will develop your own creative and critical practice. Using still and moving imagery, you will learn how to be a visual story-teller and position your work in the world. Our leading academics will encourage you to explore creative ideas and understand the theorised context to develop your own visual voice.
Video credit: Nat Wilkins – Graduate
This course is structured so that you will explore different approaches and styles of photography and moving imagery to build your skills, your creative approaches and understanding of the practice as you develop your own aesthetic and intellectual position as an image maker.
You will have opportunities to experiment and challenge yourself, present your ideas to your peers and test your work in the real world as well as giving feedback to your peers.
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An introduction to the way of working in the photography department and the study skills you will need for your practical and written work.
Explore how digital technology has impacted on video and photography and develop your own work informed by technical skills and contemporary practitioners, from Video Art to YouTube and inkjet prints to Instagram.
Explore realist approaches to photography, from social documentary to landscape photography and learn black and white film processing and printing.
Explore the possibilities of light in your images through using studio lighting and different format cameras. Extend your technical, aesthetic and practical skills and consider how to an image in the studio.
Take a look at the historical development of different areas within photography by looking at portraiture, landscape, still life, advertising, fashion, documentary, architecture, photo-montage and art.
Think differently about the photographic print in a module divided into two sections. Consider the digital print and how to make a high-quality digital photographic print, and get an introduction to a range of alternative print processes.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Gain a practical and intellectual understanding of how colour photographic images are seen and used as a medium of personal expression.
Put your work into the public domain and explore the challenges of how to communicate with an audience. Get real-world experience of working in a professional setting.
Get an introduction to the main critical ideas and theoretical concepts which have informed photographic practice since the 1960s.
Explore different ways of story-telling through photography. Learn how to sequence your work to create either a book or a multi-media piece, and consider the impact of text and/or sound with your imagery.
Initiate your own individual project and develop your working practice. Working closely with the academics you will be working within a professional environment and enhance your skills, from production and editing to motivation and research skills.
Look at professional photographic practice and commissioning.
Build on the experience already encountered at Stage 2. Initiate a project of independent study and visual practice, reviewed at regular group and individual tutorials.
Explore an interdisciplinary approach to the theory, history and practice of the photographic image as a form of representational expression.
Develop a self-negotiated project. Submit the work as your final degree level presentation.
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If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
If the above criteria is met you will be asked to attend an interview. For this interview please prepare a portfolio of work, which should be simply mounted and accompanied by preparatory work. Sketchbooks are an important feature of your preparatory work and should be included. Where possible, 3D and large 2D work should be photographed. Digital and screen-based work should be saved on a CD or memory stick.
If you are an international applicant, please supply your portfolio on a CD.
Suitable items for a portfolio include:
Drawing: examples of observed drawing and exploratory drawing
Projects: evidence of project work together with your sketchbooks and development work
Self-initiated work: that you have done out of personal interest
Research: examples of various forms of investigation undertaken for projects
Writing: examples of reports, essays or journals
The annual tuition fee is:
Tuition fees for part-time students are £5,000 per 120 credits. Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Graduates from this course are creative individuals who work in a broad range of creative careers. This may be in directly related areas such as arts practitioners, the music press, fashion photography, and portraiture to people facing professions such as teaching, working in the caring professions. Graduates have also taken up internships using their creative and management skills and established their own small businesses operating throughout the country.
You will have opportunities to apply for internships, placements and live projects where you will work alongside industry professionals. You can also participate in visits to exhibitions with other students that are regional, national and international.
You will have a range of opportunities to meet different practitioners working across the photographic sector. NEPN provides a programme of speakers and events that question and engage with photographic debates.
Previous speakers have included: Simon Norfolk, Helen Sear, Rosy Martin, John Davies, Peter Fryer, Paul Seawright, Liz Wells, Jem Southam, Tomoko Yoneda, Melanie Friend, Julian Germain, Paul Wombell, Dinu Li, Paul Hermann, Nicola Dove and Julian Stallabrass.
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