BA (Hons) Photographic Practices

The Course

In order to develop a successful career in the photography industry one needs a strong grounding in both its technical and conceptual dimensions, as well as a sound understanding of its visual language.
This course focuses on photography as medium of communication that has a wide range of applications within today multicultural and technologically-influenced society. You will develop professional skills in both analogue and digital photography from capture, to post-production and printing; in studio lighting for portraiture, still life, fashion and advertisement; and in shooting assignments on location.
Working along side visual artists, graphic designers, art directors, fashion designers, and more, you will build the key skills of a photographer and engage with different types of photography, including documentary, editorial, fashion, still life and advertisement. You will also develop your skills in various forms of sequential narrative. You will learn how to develop a coherent body of work that is relevant to your interests and strengths, and to effectively present it online and in print.
Our extensive network of industry contacts means you will work on live client-based projects. The Photographic Practices course is part of the Design for Enterprise cluster and as such has a strong vocational focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, team working and entrepreneurial skills.



Lecturers

Dr Nicoló Giudice (Goldsmiths)
Course Co-ordinator BA (Hons) Photographic Practices. Nicoló is a photographer and academic with extensive experience in the photography industry. He studied modern literature and the history of photography in France (BA / MA) before receiving his PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Between 2003 and 2008, he worked for Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg on documentary, editorial, institutional, corporate and fashion commissions, including Disposable People (Hayward Publishing, 2008), Open See (Steidl, 2009) and Access to Life (Aperture, 2009). His photographic work has been exhibited and published in the UK, Italy and France, including at the Recontres d’Arles Photography Festival. His writings have been published in Contact Sheet magazine, the European Journal of American Studies and he is the author of a chapter in a forthcoming book entitled American Topographics: Photography and the American Landscape.

Technical staff:

Joseph Davies, Joe Cruz, Anna Kakovka, Laura Hinksman



Visiting Speakers


Laura El-Tantawy, photographer
Joanna Piotrowska, photographer/visual artist
To watch the talks go to: makingithappen.wecreatetogether.net

To watch the talks go to: makingithappen.wecreatetogether.net

Units of study include:

For building your skills: The Photographic Imprint and The Constructed Image are two workshop based units which, starting from the basics in the areas of analogue and digital photography, darkroom and studio lighting techniques, provide you with solid technical bases upon which to develop your skills and produce high quality work.
In Level 5, the units Professional Methodologies and Advanced Analogue and Darkroom Practices will then bring your technical skills to an industry standard. For inspiration and experimentation, Studio Practice units run across the three years and provide you with the opportunity to work on a variety of individual and group assignments, and focus your creative and technical abilities into practical outcomes.
Photographic Storytelling build on the work made in the Studio Practice units and develops your understanding of the powers of editing, sequencing, placing pictures on the page and photography as a form of storytellin. The units provide you with the technical and conceptual skills needed to present your work in book form. Creative enterprise provides support in creating your own identity as a photographer and an artist in a competitive marketplace.
Present and promote. From curating exhibitions to learning how to use social media this unit gives you the professional know-how to present yourself to the outside world!
Final major project. This is where the whole three years comes together and you present a professional portfolio of work that acts as a springboard to your future career. Your final major project forms the end of year show for the public and industry.

Further Information


Contact us: Nicolo.Giudice@beds.ac.uk
Admissions enquiries: admission@beds.ac.uk