BA (Hons) Digital Photography
About the course
The BA (Hons) Digital Photography is a popular and recognized three year course that offers you the opportunity to study contemporary photographic practice and theory in the world of the modern digital culture.
The course encourages independent creative thinking and teaches you the techniques to put your vision into practice. This course will help you to achieve a broad skills base in the areas of photography, writing, research and communication, all of which are required by potential employers and recognized as essential in the image industry. Practical photography is taught in media labs equipped with up-to-the-minute image editing workstations, and in a photographic studio with high-spec digital cameras (SLR & medium format), large format printers and lighting equipment.
Our teaching team includes experts in editorial, art and conceptual photography. You will have access to an extensive range of photographic equipment to help you develop your creative skills. The degree culminates in the end of year show, where graduating students take responsibility for coordinating the show, and friends, family and industry professionals are invited to view their work.
This course will equip you for a wide range of careers in the field of digital imaging, including: independent photographic practice, such as the famous Brixton-based studio Simulacra; work for web/video production companies, such as Tiger Aspect; colour management/retouching services; and fashion, reportage and editorial photography. You will also gain experience that can lead to employment in the fields of picture research and education.
Recent graduates have become fashion photographers, studio and commercial artists, and some have started their own photographic companies. If you graduate from this course, you will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level, including for a place on our full-time MA Photographic Cultures, our part-time MA Digital Photography or our part-time MA New Media.
Suggested Reading list
Evening Martin (2008) Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: A professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC. FOCAL PRESS.
How to prepare
One of the most important aspects of the BA in Digital Photography is familiarity with Photoshop. The more you practice your Photoshop skills before the course starts the better you will be prepared for the course. If you need to brush up on the basics of Photoshop pick a book such as "Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book" and do all the lessons. If you already have good knowledge of the basics, get Martin Evening's book from the reading list and work through the first chapters.
Another important aspect of your study will be the use of a digital 35mm camera. If
you have one practice using it in manual mode and study the camera manual until you are familiar with all the controls and the settings.
Finally, if you are a slow typist, spend a little time practicing typing. There are many
free typing tutorials available online so spend few minutes a day practicing. You will be typing emails and essays for many years, so getting good at it now will save you a lot of time.
First Semester Teaching days*
Days 9-11 11-1 1-3 3-5
Monday Digital Image Fundamentals (workshops from 10am)
Digital Image Fundamentals (workshops)
Tuesday Issues in Representation (Lecture 1pm-2pm)
Issues in Representation (Seminar till 2pm-4pm)
Thursday New Media and Digital Arts (Lecture 1pm-2pm)
New Media and Digital Arts (Seminar till 2pm-4pm)
Seminar times vary according to your allocated group.
Mr Daniel RUBINSTEIN
Tel: +44 (0)20 7815 5812
*Times/days are based on 2012/13 academic year timetable. For indicative purposes only.