You’ll explore picture-making and the notion of what a constructed image is. You’ll gain the skills needed to create your own constructed images, as well as studio production, darkroom and digital modes of picture-making and image manipulation.
Photography in Context
This unit will explore photography's ability to create meaning.
In this unit, you will research and experiment with a variety of documentary practices to explore social, political and environmental ideas.
Photographs are regularly praised for their ability to explain or tell a story. In this unit, you’ll experiment with a range of narrative strategies to tell your own stories, while questioning photography’s ability to speak, and whether or not a photograph’s meaning can ever be fixed.
Just as the photograph’s meaning is determined by its audience, how you position your practice defines its identity and this unit explores how you position your practice through your career. You’ll explore notions of practice-based community and photographic networks, helping you develop the professional skills you’ll need after graduation.
Considering the larger cultural and philosophical implications of photographs and their meaning, you’ll learn not only the core themes but also the boundaries of your discipline. You'll examine key aspects of a range photographic practices and theory, in relation to their historical origins.
Vision and Knowledge
You’ll reflect on and respond to photographic practices which claim to function objectively – and push a narrative that “seeing is believing” – from documentary and scientific practices to medical and military.
You will explore a range of processes, treatments and applications to push the boundaries of photography, and test the relationships between subject matter, treatment and audience.
Study Abroad (optional)
This optional unit is designed to broaden your educational experience and deepen your understanding of cultural diversity. It will enable you to study within a different cultural context and gain fresh perspectives.
This is an opportunity to establish foundations for your final major project. You'll research and develop your ideas through further experimentation to produce a body of work that distinguishes your photographic practice.
The Resolution unit represents the culmination of your studies and should involve the independent and sustained research, development, production and presentation of a your final major project. This project can define your degree experience and your lifelong photographic practice; it is very much a launch pad for your future calling.
This unit consists of a substantial period of sustained, individually negotiated research on a subject that is likely to be related to the contextual and/ or theoretical concerns of your discipline or chosen area of practice, towards the provision of structured written argument.
This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:
Fees and additional course costs
The course fees per year for 2020 entry are:
- UK and EU students - £9,250
- International students - £16,250 (standard fee)
- International students - £15,600 (full early payment fee)
Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2020 entry.
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:
These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.
As a long-established photography course, our renowned teaching team bring with them high-profile industry connections, both nationally and internationally. We regularly arrange visits to, and lecturers from, a wide range of companies and institutions, such as:
- Impressions Gallery
- National Media Museum
- Berg, Blackwell, Focalpress, Routledge and other publishers
- Brighton Photo Biennial and Brighton Photo Fringe
- National Institute of Design, India
- The Photographers’ Gallery, London
- Photography & Culture journal
- Photoworks magazine
- Source: The Photographic Review.
As well as a course team including a number of practising professionals, we're connected with the Association of Photographers, a national body that works to give student members a headstart as photographic practitioners.