Photography / Photography in Europe, BA (Hons)

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This is a highly respected and award-winning course offering exciting choices for students who wish to specialise in art practice, documentary, fashion and European photography. Why choose this course?

The uses of photography in modern society are wide ranging and diverse and to reflect this, you can choose from one of the following specialist routes:

  • Photography
  • Photography in Europe
  • Photography for Fashion
  • Photography as Art Practice
  • Photography as Documentary.

This is a very flexible course giving you great breadth of choice, and the chance to specialise in a particular area. You'll work with tutors whose expertise spans a wide range of photographic pra…

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This is a highly respected and award-winning course offering exciting choices for students who wish to specialise in art practice, documentary, fashion and European photography. Why choose this course?

The uses of photography in modern society are wide ranging and diverse and to reflect this, you can choose from one of the following specialist routes:

  • Photography
  • Photography in Europe
  • Photography for Fashion
  • Photography as Art Practice
  • Photography as Documentary.

This is a very flexible course giving you great breadth of choice, and the chance to specialise in a particular area. You'll work with tutors whose expertise spans a wide range of photographic practice and research, as well as learning from a diverse array of visiting lecturers.

Whether in the UK or abroad, most students undertake some short work experience during their second year. Recent employers have included:

  • The Sunday Times
  • Rankin
  • Mark George
  • Press Association.

Student exchange blog
Two of our Photography students have recently gone on an exchange to Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Both students were awarded Dean's Scholarships by the School of Art & Design to make this possible. Read their blog to find out what it's like to go on exchange.

Photography student work gallery
Have a look at some of the work our students have created, in our Photography gallery.

2013 end of year degree shows

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What will I study? Year One

Investigate fundamental ideas about contemporary and historical photographic practice and theory. You will also receive a comprehensive introduction to photographic techniques, including:

  • black and white and colour printing
  • studio lighting
  • medium format cameras
  • digital photography.

Students who have opted for Photography in Europe will research and arrange their exchange. We'll give you support and advice to help you choose the right institution for you.

Year Two
  • Focus on developing your own interests and working towards your specialist area.
  • Study visual cultural practices, critical practice and professional practice in photography.
  • Take on practical work experience and live projects to develop creative, experimental, critically informed work.
  • Put on live external exhibitions around the city and develop your portfolio by working with curators, photographers and publishers.
  • Benefit from further in-depth photographic workshops that cover medium and large format cameras, traditional and digital printing, web design, film and audio visual techniques.
Year Three
  • Research your dissertation, which could reflect a topic linked to your photographic practice.
  • Prepare for, and get involved in, the final-year photography degree show festival: this is a major assessed element of the year.
How will I be assessed?

The course is made up of visual and critical practice. Assessment is based on the work you do in the third year and comprises a dissertation and a degree show, which is organised as a photography festival.

The festival is coordinated entirely by final-year students to profile their work at venues around Nottingham, as well as within a public exhibition at the University. It's a great opportunity that will give you an excellent insight into the whole spectrum of processes and skills involved in staging a professional photographic exhibition.

Student gallery

Have a look at some of the work created on this course in our student gallery.

Specialist equipment and facilities

Recently upgraded facilities include:

  • black and white, and colour darkrooms
  • photography studios
  • Mac editing suites
  • camera store
  • digital printer.

The NTU Boots library has an extensive collection of photography books for research and inspiration.

We recommend that you'll need to bring your own 35mm camera, black and white processing equipment and most materials, and all students invest in a computer, scanner and printer during the course. Students can also hire a range of traditional and digital photographic equipment from the photography stores department in the Bonington building.

Take a look at our art and design facilities through 360 degree panoramas and images.

Opportunities

We arrange regular visits to international photography festivals like the Festival of Lights series in Paris, Berlin and Bratislava, as well as major exhibitions in London, New York and Bilbao.

We also have a strong, established network of partner intuitions and organisations worldwide and if you choose, you can take on short periods of study abroad as part of Photography in Europe through the University's SOCRATES/ERASMUS programme.

At every stage of the course we encourage our students to show what they can do by entering competitions and taking up industry challenges.

Our graduates win prestigious and widely recognized awards. Recent successes include:

  • Natalie Theobold (2010) - Speedo Award winner
  • Stephanie Cartwright (2010) - Djanogly, Hive and Genesis bursary award winner
  • Richard Johnson(2010)- Genesis Imaging London award winner
  • Lucinda Chua (2007) - featured in a Channel 4 photography documentary competition series hosted by Martin Parr;
  • Lyndsey Jackson (2006) - Tom Gower Award winner
  • Anna White (2006) - recently exhibited at the Tate Modern
  • Simon Starling (2005) - Turner Prize winner
  • Shamil Tanna (2004) - Association of Photographers open winner 2007, now working freelance as a commercial photographer
  • Oliver Parker (2004) - winner of the Jerwood Photography Award, run with Portfolio Magazine
  • Julian Finney (2004) - winner of the Sports Journalism Award for Young Sports Photographer of the Year, Editorial, now working for Getty images.
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