BA (Hons) Photography + Video Art

The Course

The BA (Hons) in Photography + Video Art engages with lens-based media, including still and moving image, within a Fine Art context. Students will gain a variety of both analogue and digital technical skills through ideas-based teaching. The course will encourage cross- disciplinary practice and lively critical debate.
The course acknowledges that photographic practice and discourse underpins much of contemporary art production. The course structure enables students to forge a relationship between their own emerging practice and their understanding of critical ideas and knowledge of cultural contexts.
The students will come in contact with a number of professionals involved in curating, critiquing and producing contemporary art. They will ultimately gain proficiency in presenting their work to professional standards, including portfolio production and skills in networking, exhibiting and marketing.



Book list

These books and essays give you a flavour of the philosophy of the course:
Art Photography Now Bright, Susan (2006) Thames & Hudson
The Photograph as Contemporary Art Cotton, Charlotte (2009) Thames and Hudson
Video Art Rush, Michael (2007) Thames and Hudson



Career opportunities

Practising/commissioned artist, public or community arts education; curator; arts administration, photographer.



Lecturers

Nigel Grimmer

Course Leader for BA (Hons) Photography + Video Art
Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts Practice
www.nigelgrimmer.com
Nigel’s recent touring show “Plastic Life” was seen by over by over 25,000 people and was purchased for a major public collection.
He recently won photography prizes in New York, London and San Diego.

Jasmine Johnson

Lecturer BA (Hons) Illustration
Visiting Lecturer in Video
www.jasmine-johnson.com
Jasmine works with the definition of utopias and utopian thinking which includes studying of the nature in which lifestyles are reproduced.
Solo exhibitions include: ASI, Fabrika, Moscow (2015), AC Institute, New York (2012). Recent group exhibitions have included Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London (2015).

Dr. Nicolò Giudice

Lecturer for BA (Hons) Photography + Video Art
Nicolò is a photographer of institutional assignments and self initiated projects with a PhD in comparative literature - history of Photography from Goldsmiths College, London. His work has been exhibited in England, Italy and France.

Technical staff:

Joseph Davies, Joe Cruz, Rose Thomas, Anna Kakovka, Laura Hinksman

Visiting Speakers

Sara Melin, The Poundshop
Patrick Buygone, Creative Review
Nick Defty, YCN
Mireille Fauchon, Illustrator
To watch the talks go to: makingithappen.wecreatetogether.net



Units of study include:

For building your skills:
Essential skill sets
Starting from the basics in areas from printing to photography; pattern cutting to photoshop. You are introduced to a wide range of technical skill workshops.
Developing skill sets
Here you can choose the skills you want to develop to support your main program/practice.
For inspiration:
Key ideas in arts and design
These units run across all three years and help you develop a broad knowledge and understanding of how art and design influences culture, whilst also giving you a clear introduction to art and design from the beginning of Modernism through to current debates on contemporary practice.
For employability and entrepreneurism:
Professional studio practice
Here you learn how to set up, run and maintain a professional studio in preparation for the real world of art and design.
Creative enterprise
Provides Support in creating your own identity as an artist and designer 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:
nigel.grimmer@beds.ac.uk
Admissions enquiries: admission@beds.ac.uk