The course integrates practice and theory for both photographic and film practices, to encourage original thinking and individuality within a lively, challenging community of practitioners, as a means of developing work within these fields at the highest levels. We’ll encourage you to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.
We have a long tradition of teaching both photography and film and our academic team share a wide range of backgrounds and practices, including analogue photography and digital imaging (still and moving), film making and script writing, fine art (painting and installation), history and theory. Their combined skills and experience mean that you’ll be supported to the highest artistic and professional levels.
You will simultaneously enhance your self- awareness as a practitioner of contemporary photographic or film practices and develop the theoretical knowledge needed to underpin your independent research projects. As part of this, you’ll develop research and study skills and an understanding of scholarly conventions and ethical issues. We’ll encourage you to build a network of professional contacts through museums and galleries that are relevant to your practice, such as the Derby multimedia centre QUAD, which hosts the FORMAT International Photography Festival. We believe establishing key contacts in the industry is a vital part of your professional development.
Our specialist equipment centre offers both digital and analogue equipment, encouraging you to develop a wide range of skills and enabling you to determine your own critical and creative practice.