If you want a career as a professional photographer, this is the course for you. Through a range of projects you’ll explore and evolve your own vision and practice, learning all aspects of lighting, developing, digital manipulation and other techniques. You’ll also study the theoretical side of photography, including its fascinating history and contemporary practices. Although experimentation is encouraged, the course has a clear industry focus that aims to develop your professional awareness. A key part of your Final Year is learning how to operate as a freelancer, interact with clients and approach potential employers. This culminates in the presentation of your portfolio to employers.
The course encourages you to explore and evolve your own photographic vision and practice through a programme of workshops, seminars, lectures and work experience opportunities. Through a sequence of practical projects, you gain a range of technical skills and professional knowledge. Experimentation and risk-taking are encouraged together with the critical study of photographic histories, theories and contemporary practices.
The photography programme emphasises professionalism and industry relevance. The tutors and visiting lecturers are practising photographers or potential employers from the media industries such as agents, art directors, marketing professionals and curators.
On the Photography degree you are prepared for employment in a range of photographic professions which include commercial, client led practices such as advertising and editorial photography through to documentary photography and personally defined fine art photography, as well as related fields of employment such as production, picture editing, curating and gallery management
Many of our graduates work in freelance positions after their degree. Others go into areas of employment such as photo editing and retouching, or become CGI artists, photo librarians / archivists, producers, agents, art buyers, art directors, photographers’ assistants, lighting technicians, digital operators, studio managers, photography curators / writers / historians and more.
Dr Daniel Marques-Sampaio
Lecturer in Cultural and Contextual Studies. His research focuses on the urban experience in contemporary globalised cities.
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Programme Leader Matt MacPake
Matt MacPake is a documentary photographer, living in London, whose work is focused on people and the environment. Born in the North West of England, Matt holds BA (Hons) and MA degrees in Photography, and is Programme Leader for Photography.
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London based photographer, art director of Misery Connoisseur Magazine and lecturer. His recent publication 'The Nomadic Studio' forms an energetic enquiry into the role of the artist studio.
Find out more about Michael Heilgermeir
ScreenSkills accreditation is awarded in recognition of the highest level of contemporary industry teaching and facilities. This gives potential employers an indication that candidates from our degree course have been trained professionally and are ready to take up an industry role successfully.
Graduates are equipped to pursue a wide variety of careers including self employment as photographers in editorial, advertising, fashion, journalism, publishing; also in allied professions in multimedia, curatorial work, picture research and arts administration. Students might also go on to specialist postgraduate study.
Following an induction week, you will learn the core areas of analogue and digital photography and digital image processes. This includes sessions on lighting, shooting in the studio and on location, digital work flow and how to retouch and manipulate images, technical theory and use of the darkroom. This is accompanied by group projects and presentations of studio/ location work. The study of the histories and theories of photography gives you a foundation to your photography practice both in class sessions and through written work.
You complete the first year with an emerging independent photography practice which relates to contemporary professional photography.
During year two, you begin to define who you are as a photography practitioner, and to identify your professional goals. You respond to assignments and negotiated projects by considering professional concerns such as markets, audiences, clients and users of the photography industry.
Advanced photography and digital imaging skills are taught through lecture/demonstrations, workshop sessions and studio practice. This stage also introduces and develops your professional awareness and provides an opportunity to experience a 'live' working environment through regular contact with influential professional photographers. There is scope for work experience and study abroad in Europe or further afield.
In the final year you develop a professional portfolio of photography with which to launch your career. The portfolio will show your professional versatility by including client led work alongside a self directed work which demonstrates personal vision, media expertise and high professional standards. You also write a dissertation or a report which identifies an area of contemporary professional practice relevant to your work.
A key part of your final year study is learning how to operate as a freelancer, interact with clients and approach potential employers. This culminates in the presentation of your portfolio in the degree exhibition which is open to invited media industry employers and the public.
There is an opportunity to undertake a work placement in Photography. Previous work placements include Jamie Oliver Better Food Foundation, Nickelodeon, BBC, Magnum, Bauer, IPC, Gallery Stock and St James' Palace.
This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme.
Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
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In addition to the fees there are some compulsory course attached to this course:
Workshop materials - £150-£250
Workshop materials - £250-£350
Workshop materials - £250-£350
Professional portfolio for industry - £150-£250
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.
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