This distinctive course builds on the principles and conventions of photography to explore contemporary image-making, using a variety of image capture, manipulation and processing techniques. You'll work with cameras, scanning, photogrammetry, CGI and computer vision, and learn key critical theory that underpins photography.
The course addresses those students with a curiosity in relation to expanded photographic and media practices, technologies, and contexts and who are seeking to produce a creative and resolved body of work using an expanded range of techniques drawn from current practice in photography and new media. As artistic and commercial practices evolve, students need to be able to understand, use and critically evaluate innovative practices across a range of destinations and working contexts. This course is intended to equip you for change.
On completion of the course, you will have the opportunity to showcase your creative production in a public facing graduation show, which evidences to employers that you are ready for a career in an ever-changing digital and technological landscape. You will graduate with an impressive portfolio of original photographic work.
Home Work 2020 features the fantastic work of our 2020 graduates. The book showcases 37 individual projects, while also creating a unique record of this extraordinary year.
You can also view a range of current student work on our dedicated Instagram account @lsbu_photo
Why study Photography at LSBU?
We are ranked joint 2nd in UK and 1st in London for career prospects in Film Production & Photography (Guardian University Guide, 2021).
Work across documentary, editorial, commercial and gallery-based photography.
Get access to high-spec kit (digital SLRs, medium format cameras, large format print and mount lab) at our multi-million pound studio facilities, so you can develop creatively and technically, at Elephant Studios.
If you do not meet the entry criteria above we also review any previous skills, knowledge or experience you have gained outside of your education and are happy to talk through any extenuating circumstances you feel relevant.
If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at South Bank College.
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
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This innovative course offers a practical route into the rapidly evolving field of photography and image-making techniques. There will be an inter-disciplinary first semester, where you will work collaboratively with students studying media production, game design & development, and music & sound design to enhance your digital media production skills and to develop your ability to work effectively in a team.
From the second semester onwards, students will have the opportunity to research and experiment with different forms of photographic and other 2D and 3D image creation, as well as to collaborate with students on the other creative technology courses. Aligned with active research and drawing upon technical expertise within the School, students will be able to apply their creative skills and specialist knowledge to a wide range of related industries, such as photography, art and design, fashion, games, tourism, heritage, architecture, and health.
All the time you’ll be developing a portfolio of your own creative work and commercial commissions. Take a look at students’ recent work for some creative inspiration. They’ll be opportunities to showcase your work at exhibitions inside and outside the University.
Modules are assessed by projects, essays and presentations. Methods of assessment for course overall: 100% coursework.
Remix. Remake. Recycle. This module introduces you to a range of approaches to contextual research and academic critique in relation to contemporary practice in the Creative Industries. By exploring key themes across a range of creative disciplines, you will gain perspective and insight into current debates within the creative sector. By extending your frame of reference, you will gain a better understanding of how to contextualise your own creative practice through the lens of history.
Sound and Vision One half of this module will focus on developing your visual literacy, so that you can better interpret the meaning or intent behind images. In the other half of this module, you will focus on developing an understanding of the impact sound has on how we perceive events and experiences. Taken together, these explorations will provide you with critical knowledge and understanding that you can apply to the production of your own audio-visual projects, using cameras, recording devices, and audio-visual editing software.
Creative Agency A creative agency consists of a team of experts with different areas of expertise working together to deliver a project in response to a design brief. In this module, students will work together to deliver creative solutions to a range of creative design briefs. In so doing, you will get a taste of how effective collaboration happens between specialist disciplines within the Creative Industries.
Photographic Workflows The module will develop your skills in image capture, in the studio and on location, working with available light, flash and continuous lighting. Making use of digital postproduction techniques, you will develop retouching and image manipulation skills. Responding to briefs both individually and as part of a team, you will develop your ability to produce visually inventive, creative imagery for screen and print. Essentials of production workflow will include file management, sequencing, and presentation for a range of professional contexts.
Photographic Genres In this module you will be introduced to an understanding of genre and its myriad implications, aesthetically, socially, and professionally. Identifying where genre intersects with technique, you will extend your reach in exploring links between genre and audience. You will create a portfolio of images of a conceptual and technical quality that’s representative of an identifiable genre. On completion of the project you will present your portfolio of work to a panel in the format of a portfolio review.
Emergence of Photography This module offers a thematic approach to studying photography from the earliest experiments in the 1830s to the digital forms of today. This story is a multifaceted adventure that takes us to the centre of art and visual culture of the last 200 years. The emphasis is on connections between theory and practice, word and image, and developing your abilities to articulate yourself when writing and speaking about images.
Expanded Photographic Practice In this module, you are encouraged to extend your skills to include established and innovative methods and processes, and engage with opportunities offered by new and emerging technologies. Critical evaluation of established and emerging imaging technologies and presentation strategies is developed through guided and self-directed practical research. Collaboration on a final year production will allow for the development of ambitious public-facing work which anticipates meaningful interaction with identified audiences.
Image-Text The combination of image and text is essential to provide and exchange information. Enriching images with words, and words with images, is more important now than ever, especially in the context of growing interest in AI. In this module we move from traditional image analysis such as the captioning of images, to the increased importance of metadata and semantic information. We ask how both images and texts are “read” and “seen” by both humans and machines.
Making Public In this practice-based module you will create a body of creative work for public display. Briefings and seminars examine the wider political, cultural and social contexts of what it is to make work public. In consultation with your tutor, you will examine and identify an appropriate forum to showcase your work. Through visual and theoretical research you will explore an identified public sphere as a means for disseminating work and creating an audience.
Contemporary Debates This module prepares you for the critically advanced research and production required for your final year projects. The focus is on building a literature review utilising topics, theories, and case studies relevant to your areas of interest. You will be introduced to a range of exercises in research and knowledge production designed to help develop and extend your confidence as researchers and creative practitioners.
Professional Development and Employability This module offers you an opportunity to engage with your professional practice and career expectations in a variety of ways, by offering a flexible approach to exploring the multitude of routes into employment or self-employment within the Creative Industries. You will have the opportunity to further your career ambitions through identifiable activities such as work placements, entrepreneurial activity, business planning, creative collaboration, self-promotion, and industry engagement through organised events such as conferences, festivals or design competitions.
Interdisciplinary Practice In this module you are encouraged to diversify your core skillset by engaging in either collaborative or independent investigation within the broader Creative Industries. You will be offered the opportunity to choose from a selection of topics for practical exploration that intersect with your own specialist discipline. In this sense the teaching, learning and investigation is geared towards the production of an interdisciplinary practical output, either independently or as a collaborative endeavour, dependant on the nature of the topic being explored.
Pilot Major Project This module develops your individual practice within your specialist area. Research into historic and contemporary theory and practice will enable you to develop a critical framework in which to consider your final year project. The emphasis will be on developing working methods to curate and complete a self-directed project within a specialist area of practice, and to communicate this through a fully formed proposal.
Major Project This module will provide you with the platform to showcase your abilities and skills through a sustained, self-directed body of work in your chosen discipline. The first part of the module focuses on the development of research and practical skills as a foundation for your final major project. You will then manage your own learning under the guidance of your supervisor. The module is designed to allow you to immerse yourself into a particular area of interest, allowing you the chance to shape your future career through a major piece of authentic work.
Research Project The final year Research Project module gives you the opportunity to conduct original research in an area of particular interest. It allows you to engage more critically with theories, topics and methods encountered on your course. You will manage your own learning under the guidance of an academic supervisor. The module is organized around lectures, seminars, and one-to-one supervisions. The Research Project form and structure is developed in consultation with your supervisor, who you will meet regularly for 1:1 tutorials.
Professional Practice and Portfolio The module has been designed to assist you with the transition from university to employment. The focus will be on identifying current opportunities in your sector, through a combination of research, guest lecturers and visits to production facilities. By the end of this module, you are expected to have completed a portfolio of work that you can show to potential employers.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Our staff are all professional photographers, writers or curators and are actively engaged in a range of practices, from commercial work, to publishing and exhibiting.
There is a regular and extensive guest lecturer programme, where professionals from different areas of the photography industry talk to the students about their own work, and their career path. Recent guests have included:
You'll undertake work experience in both the second and third years of your degree. You'll be supported in finding work experience by the staff team, the university's employability service, and the guest lecturer programme.
Teaching and Assessment
Your lecturers are internationally recognised experts in their field, as practitioners in fine art and commercial photographic practices, as well as writing and curating, The curriculum combines hands-on practice with research-based learning. Achieved through lectures, seminars, practical workshops, group critiques, and personalized tutorials. Assessment includes practical projects, academic writing, and reflective portfolios. Along with our experienced studio technicians, this specialization delves into contemporary photographic practices and critical discourse, nurturing students' abilities to shape their professional careers. Our program is a gateway to mastering technical finesse, creative vision, and cultural awareness as you develop your own unique voice.
The programme is accompanied by a regular guest lecturer programme, where professionals from different areas of the photographic industry talk about their own work and career paths.