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An introduction to the Photography BA(Hons) course at the University of Brighton's Faculty of Arts

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  • You will graduate from a leading professional university - we work with professionals and companies to make sure that our courses teach students the skills needed for industry employment and meet professional and industry standards.You will be part of an institution that is innovative and relevant - we pride ourselves on pioneering new approaches and our research addresses issues and challenges that are facing us in the 21st Century.You will benefit from our career-focused approach - 94% of our courses included work-based experience and we provide you with career-planning support and life skills development from your first year.You will learn with facilities tailored to your needs - our modern facilitiesand traditional technologiesallows our students to work to the level of industry professionals and to gain valuable historical insight into past working methods.You will be given excellent teaching and support - our support services and teaching standards have been independently evaluated as being of a high standard.You will live and study in an outstanding location – Brighton is a vibrant creative and cultural city with many festivals, events and artistic communities who welcome our student involvement. 
  • BA Photography is situated alongside the BA Moving Image, BA Digital Music and Sound Arts and MA Photography in the Academic Programme of Photography, Moving Image and Sound. All these courses share a common commitment to the importance of students developing confident independent practices.  We believe in supporting students to develop a strong skills base, but furthermore, that creative thinking and critical awareness are the most important attributes that students acquire to deal with challenging and rapidly changing visual cultures and technological environments. The courses have close links and students who wish to develop work in relationship to other media are given every encouragement and opportunity. We are located in the School of Arts and Media in Circus Street, an annexe of the Grand Parade campus for the Faculty of Arts in the centre of Brighton. Students in the School benefit from the wider range of exhibitions, speakers and events organised within the Faculty. This is a stimulating art school environment that encourages creative thinking and interdisciplinary working.Image by AhmetUnver(graduated BA Photography 2007)Ahmet’s Major project involved a Turkish Community in Stockholm, Sweden. The project exploresIssues of identity, place, culture and ritual.After graduation Ahmet moved to Istanbul where he is now working between art and commercial practices as a photographer.
  • Photography at Brighton: Course Aims and Organisation The BA Photography course at Brighton aims to support students in becoming independent photographers who are highly skilled, creative, critical thinking, and can adapt to rapidly evolving artistic and commercial environments. Additionally, the course enables students to analyse, discuss and write about photography, to think about what photography is and what it might become, to consider why we look at photographs, and how we use them in a variety of expressive forms. The course is principally organised around the development and exploration of ideas through producing well - crafted, technically proficient photographic work. At the heart of the course philosophy is the conviction that we achieve our aims by helping students to explore their own creativity. This is achieved through a series of broadly themed study modules that introduce new ideas and possibilities of engagement with the photographic image, encouraging exploration and questioning of the photographic medium, to develop new technical skills through a combination of critical thinking and creativity in making photographic work. We support traditional analogue processes as well as digital technology and believe that students benefit from a deep understanding of the whole range of photographic technologies and possibilities.  The course is suited to students who like to work independently and creatively, are ambitious, and enjoy discussing and analysing their own photography and that of others.  Regular weekly tutorial teaching sessions in small groups are supported by workshops, technical demonstrations, lectures and seminars, but for a large proportion of the study week, students are expected to be making work; researching, photographing, processing, printing, reflecting upon the working process; building up a strong body of work for assessment at the end of eachmodule.
  • Learning and Teaching on the Photography BA is organised around the idea of the student as a creative practitioner. The course is suited to students who like being independent thinkers and makers, with space to develop their own ideas and research topics in depth.  Level Four (the first year) involves four themed practice modules: Photography and Identity (which very broadly explores portraiture), Photography and Place (which very broadly explores landscape) 
  • The Photograph as Document (that explores the photograph as a factual record), and, The Photograph as Allegory (that explores the idea of photography as a fiction, or, constructed image) Each module normally lasts 6-7 weeks. Students usually work in groups of ten to twelve with a tutor in each module. At the beginning of each module, the group is divided in to smaller groups to discuss initial ideas and work. Thereafter, the full group convenes weekly to review progress and share feedback. Over the module, students develop a body of work for review in a formal setting at the end of the module. In this final session, students learn to make a formal presentation of work to the group, help critique other student’s work, and also receive feedback from tutors.  The practice modules are underpinned by a series of introductory technical demonstrations and workshops, by study support sessions, and, by occasional lectures by staff and visiting lecturers. One day of the week is dedicated to Historical and Critical studies that take the form of a lecture as part of a series, followed by a group seminar and library study time. During the week students are expected to work independently on preparation for seminars and on the practice projects for the modules, making full use of the resources that include processing areas, dark rooms, computer suites and photography studios.
  • In Level Five (the second year) students choose the projects for practice modules from a range of possibilities informed by staff research interests. Themes vary from year to year. Past projects have included ‘Archives’; ‘Journeys’; ‘Traces’; ‘Unlikely Spaces’; etc.
  • Students are also encouraged in the second year to experiment with other media such as moving image and sound. At the end of the year, an independent project that prepares for the self-directed rigours of the third year is undertaken, creating realistic, professional working conditions. Detailed ‘one to one’ assessment feedback is given for this project. Once again, lectures and seminars take place one day a week introducing key concepts and debates in contemporary practice.
  • In Level Six (the third year), students consolidate their own personal work through a Minor Project, a Major Project, and a Dissertation. Work from the Minor and Major projects are included in a degree show exhibition. For each of these modules, a personal tutor is allocated who supervises the development of the work. Tutorials are also offered with other members of staff.
  • A student doing their major project would expect to have six or seven tutorial slots during a semester, either ‘one to one’, or with a tutorial group with whom they can share ideas about their work. An award winning team of technical demonstrators support students work through technical demonstrations, ‘clinics’ and, where appropriate, one-to-one support. Professional Practice sessions are held regularly throughout the final semester, including talks by gallery curators, picture editors, and, advice on starting up as a freelance professional to help prepare for life after graduation.
  • Technical and Learning Support We are committed to encouraging innovative and experimental ways of making photographs using new technologies as well as traditional approaches to photography. The available technical resources reflect this commitment. We have fully equipped photographic studios; dedicated photographic computing facilities; a digital print bureau, and, traditional colour darkrooms with enlargers that accept a range of negative sizes up to ten by eight inches, capable of enabling the production of exhibition standard prints. These resources are exclusively for photography students. A traditional black and white processing area and darkroom, and, a further photographic studio are faculty resources available to photography students. The department has a selection of film and digital single lens reflex cameras, medium format and large format film cameras available for use by students to supplement their own equipment. The Art and Design library has a well-stocked Photography area and provides access to a wide range of on-line resources. Extra support for teaching and learning is provided through Student Services.  Student expectations, Photographic Equipment and costs Students will need to provide a number of items of basic equipment: A basic Single Lens Reflex camera, or, a traditional analogue camera that enables full manual control will be needed. Used single lens reflex cameras can be purchased economically online. The average price is around £40, however, these cameras can often be bought for significantly less.Photographic negative files and print storage boxes. Prices begin at £10.A basic digital single lens reflex camera that enables full manual control. Prices begin at £300.A portable hard drive (320 GB) for storing digital images. Prices begin at £35.Optional: personal computer. Specialist computing facilities for image processing are provided. However, for prospective students thinking about buying a computer, please note that the photography department uses Apple Mac hardware and Adobe Photoshop software for image processing Cost of making work: Darkroom chemistry is provided free of charge. We also run a subsidised Digital Print Bureau. Students are expected to provide their own film, paper and to budget for digital print costs. The way in which students work is expected to vary, so, therefore, will costs, but one should expect to spend around £10 per week on materials and printing. The cost of preparing fine prints for the final assessment and degree show in Level 6 can be substantial and students are advised to plan for this well in advance. Students often fund-raise independently to support the costs of their final degree show.
  • Graduate Opportunities and Employment Graduates of the Photography course are employed in a range of creative roles as freelance professionals and in permanent positions within organisations and institutions. The focus of the course on specific photographic skills as well as a range of transferable skills such as creativity, tenacity and critical thinking provides students with a breadth of possibilities as they graduate, enabling effective preparation for rapidly evolving existing professional environments and for future employment needs that are yet to develop. Ultimately the degree offers a fulfilling and enriching experience that enables you to discover and develop your own creativity and critical thinking, and that of your peers, within a community committed to exploring and questioning the fascinating, complex relationships between vision, knowledge and the image that are central to the creative and critical exploration of photography. 
  • Photography BA(Hons) presentation

    1. 1. Welcome to theUniversity of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts Open day 2012 www.brighton.ac.uk/arts
    2. 2. Did you know? We are the twelfth most applied for UK The University of Brighton university, with 40,000 applicants for 4,000 places.• You will graduate from a leading professional university• You will be part of an institution that is innovative and relevant• You will benefit from our career-focused approach• You will study with facilities tailored to your needs• You will be given excellent teaching and support• You will live and study in an outstanding location
    3. 3. BA (Hons) Photography
    4. 4. The Photography Course aims to:• encourage creative and intellectual development• engage in contemporary debates about photography• develop independence• develop professional confidence and transferable skills
    5. 5. First Year (Level Four)Semester One Study ModulesPractice• Photography and Identity• Photography and PlaceHistorical and Critical Studies• Origins and Histories of Photography
    6. 6. First Year (Level Four)Semester Two Study ModulesPractice• The Photograph as Allegory• The Photograph as DocumentHistorical and Critical Studies• Image as Document/Fiction
    7. 7. Second Year (Level Five)Semester One Study ModulesPractice - project choice examples• ‘Returning the Gaze’ / ‘Experimental Archaeology’• ‘Altered Spaces’ / ‘Low Tide’ / ‘Orpheus’Historical and Critical Studies• Issues in Contemporary Photography
    8. 8. Second Year (Level Five)Semester Two Study ModulesPractice - project choice examples• ‘Unlikely Places’ / ‘Journeys’ / ‘About Some Events’• Independent Project• Faculty OptionHistorical and Critical Studies• Discursive Histories, Research Methodologies &Dissertation Proposal
    9. 9. Third Year (Level Six)Semester One Study ModulesPractice• Minor ProjectHistorical and Critical Studies• DissertationProfessional Practice
    10. 10. Third Year (Level Six)Semester Two Study ModulesPractice• Major ProjectProfessional Practice
    11. 11. Photography GraduateVictoria Jenkinsworking on her MajorProject in thePhotography Studio
    12. 12. Staff Research, Professional and SocialEngagement• http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/study/pmis/photography-mfa- ba/meet-the-staff4
    13. 13. Admissions: How to ApplyStep One: QualificationsSuccessful applicants would normally have achieved aqualification in preparation for study at degree level:• Art and Design Foundation Diploma or equivalent• Three A levels at B,B,C• At least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above
    14. 14. Admissions: How to ApplyStep Two: Portfolio• personal website (Tumblr)• showing creative photographic work, influences, artistic and photographic interests• between 10 and 20 images organised into projects• exploring ideas• critical essay should be submitted with the portfolio
    15. 15. Admissions: How to ApplyStep Three: InterviewIf invited for interview, please be prepared to demonstrate:• knowledge of the course and its context• awareness of current art and photographic practices• ability to discuss your work and its development• a willingness to engage with photography in a scholarly way through independent study and written work• enthusiasm for working in groups and independently
    16. 16. Admissions: How to ApplyStep Three: Interview (continued)• involves discussion of printed work• bring portfolio box or book• project work coherently organised• exploring and visualising ideas• between 12 and 20 images
    17. 17. Graduates of our course have become:• artists working with photography• independent photographers• photographic educators• publishers and editors• picture librarians and researchers• photographers assistants• photography curators• photographic agents• photographic gallery administrators and managers• photography studio managers• postgraduate research students
    18. 18. We hope you enjoy your day here. To go direct to our website via your mobileTo find out more visit phone scan the code abovewww.brighton.ac.uk/artsContact us at: enquiries@brighton.ac.ukFollow us: @artsbrighton /artsbrighton

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