The Photography course aims to develop students as Photographers and Artists. The Photography Department believes that anyone with any kind of camera can be a photographer and that anyone can be an artist. You must want to capture and create images. You will develop your artistic skills by creating images that are individual, personal and unique in style and content. You will become more able to present and communicate your thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences. The Photography course is an exciting opportunity to gain knowledge and hands-on experience to enhance the development of your craft skills to become a better artist and photographer. You will learn to manipulate the world including situations, people and light and be adept at selecting equipment and tools to achieve the Photography and Art that you wish. Whilst we cannot provide limitless material resources or expensive professional equipment, we can provide good quality cameras and other resources to supplement what you have access to already and the support of enthusiastic and caring teachers/practitioners in a stimulating environment.
You will be required to work in one or more areas of photography which may include:
• Portraiture, documentary and/or photo-journalism
• Landscape photography
• Working from objects, still life or the natural world
• Experimental imagery
Students are expected to have a genuine interest in image making and digital photography (which includes the manipulation of images using computers). We work mainly with digital cameras and processing, but with a traditional darkroom available, particularly for extending experimentation opportunities. We are interested particularly in printmaking.
If you study Art and Design (Digital Photography) you may also have the option to study AS Fine Art Constructed Textiles or AS Art and Design.