The programme prepares students for employment in a range of photographic professions exploring the established photographic genres, encompassing commercial client-led practices or personally defined fine art practice, as well as related fields of employment such as production, picture editing, curating and gallery management.
Graduates will become competent practitioners in photographic processes including both analogue and digital technologies; be conversant with the history of photography and critically aware, being able to evaluate, discuss and analyze the photographic image and the cultural contexts in which it operates. They will have knowledge and understanding of the contemporary world and the key issues and debates, such as internationalization and globalization, the debates concerning the veracity of both image and message, emerging technologies and digital media consumption that are shaping the future of the profession.
Students are encouraged to be ambitious and self-motivated, to understand the importance of collaboration and networking opportunities and to have a flexible approach to problem solving.
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 history 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 lectures, 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.
You will be expected to meet additional costs which may arise as a result of materials, art supplies and consumables you may need for your projects, as well as printing and copying services and other types of services and consumables. Their list and the amount of costs depends upon the requirements of your course and the nature of your projects. Additionally during your time at BHSAD you may be recommended to visit museums, art galleries and other venues as part of your learning and there may be a cost for such visits which you should also budget for.
Below is the list of materials and supplies which BHSAD students use most frequently and which are likely to be among those you may need:
A3 or A4 hardback sketchbook, A2 or A3 portfolio case with ringbound plastic sleeves, HB pencils and rubber, UHU glue, Pritt stick, PVA glue, small lined notepads, spray mount, masking tape, sellotape, double sided tape, invisible scotch tape, scalpel with replaceable blades, basic set of acrylic paints, coloured pencils, basic set of drawing pencils, highlighter, assorted brushes, writing pen, fine line drawing pens, small plastic ruler etc.
Please note that this list is indicative and given for your reference only. Full list will depend upon your project and the range of materials and techniques which you may wish to adopt.