CREATIVE
PHOTOGRAPHIC
PRACTICE

Why should you study
Photographic Practice?


This programme gives you the technical and conceptual frameworks that allow you to develop an independent creative practice relating to all aspects of photography. You will be given an exceptional technical grounding in high end film and digital workflow. This includes producing work for a range of location and photo-studio assignments. Students will build a portfolio of images designed to compete alongside today’s top professional photographers, with the option of specialising in fine art, video or documentary work. Business skills and self-promotion will also be emphasised throughout the course so students are can build successful and sustainable practices. You will explore creative and practical ways to reach new audiences through the production of
artist-books, exhibitions and an online presence that develops your own visual language.

Successful graduates have exhibited throughout the world and have had work published through a range of commissions including Vogue, Esquire, Marie Claire, Italian Vogue, The Sunday Times,
Guardian, Le Figaro, Thames and Hudson, AVA publishing, IE Music, Ministry of Sound, Greenpeace and UNICEF. Students have also established careers in education, picture editing and museum and gallery curation.

BA (Hons) Creative Photographic Practice*


UCAS Code W640


UCAS Tariff 96


Duration Three years


The degree offers a unique and progressive approach to the study of photography. We have a distinct reputation for producing a high calibre of student work through the combination of practice, theory and professionalism. The programme will allow you to explore a wide range of mediums of photography from which you can develop your personal practice. This will be achieved through the exploration of formal and narrative possibilities with both the still and moving image. You will have the creative freedom to establish personal projects with a view to determine a photographic and visual voice.

The area in which the College is set provides a visually stimulating and challenging place to hone your practice with its industry, coast line, and countryside. The region has a rich tradition of documentary, narrative and formal landscape photography as a result. This is supplemented by annual study visits to major European cities; previous trips have included Amsterdam, Berlin, Granada, Paris and Krakow

Visiting lecturers provide a connection to the professional worlds of advertising, documentary, fine art, publishing and exhibiting. These have included:

• Martin Parr

• Dan Holdsworth

• Tessa Bunney

• Frede Spencer Twenty Twenty Photo Agency

• Simon Roberts • Chris Harrison

• Mimi Mollica

• Brian Cannon

We are affiliated with major Photographic institutions designed to guide creative minds and provide industry links when dealing with aspects of professional practice, including:

• Association of Photographers

• APHE

• Phase one Capture One

• Royal Photographic Society

Staff

We have a dedicated team of experienced and specialist staff who have exhibited, published and had works screened in film festivals and broadcast on BBC, ITV and Sky Arts.

* Subject to validation

What will you study on Photographic Practice?


In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:

  •  Professional digital workflow and printing
  •  Shooting film and darkroom practice
  •  Studio lighting techniques
  •  Story-telling through visual imagery
  •  Large format cameras on location

In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:

• Advanced techniques and processes

• Creative thought processes in the production of images

• Documentary moving image skills

• Independent working

• Your own photographic practice

In your third year (Level Six) you will produce:

  • • Develop your Minor Project
  • • Produce your Dissertation
  • • Develop your Professional Practice (to include employability skills, selfpromotion, online content marketing & web sites)
  • • Deliver your Final Major Project

Alumni

  •  In recent years we have seen the following go on to work in a range of exciting and challenging vocations, these have included:
  •  Peter Caton – Editorial travel photographer; Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal
  •  Boo George – Fashion editorial photographer; London, Milan, New York, San Francisco
  •  Dan Holdsworth – Artist / photographer; Australia, America, Iceland, Sweden, Switzerland
  •  Laurie Fletcher – Editorial photographer; London
  •  Jason Hynes – Photographer, Editing + installation work; UK and USA
  •  Georgia Donkin – Post-graduate researcher; Sotheby’s London

Facilities

Access to first-rate facilities (digital and film based) help you learn about the culture and
practice of photography. This is supported by a dedicated team of experienced and specialist staff
who have exhibited, published and had works screened in film festivals and broadcast on BBC, ITV
and Sky Arts.
Facilities include:
• A wide range of cameras (Canon / Fuji / Hasselblad / Phase One / Toyo)
• Fully equipped professional standard studio
• Dedicated tethered shooting
• Mac-based workflow
• Adobe Creative Cloud suites
• Provision for moving image software and hardware
• Fully equipped and supplied colour and black and white darkrooms
• Full technical support

The staff are mostly made up of practicing artists who inspire students by sharing their current projects, exhibitions and influences. There are also frequent visiting lecturers, which is really interesting and gives an insight into what it’s like to work within the industry.

Rachel Deakin
Third year (Level 6) student

The transition from college to university-level was really easy, I enjoyed it

Marius Hanzak
Third year (Level 6) student
 

QAA commended the way CCAD enhances student learning

Only 15% of the institutions reviewed received a commendation in 14/15

 

Number one

for art and design graduate employability in the country

 

96.6% of 2015 graduates

were in work or full-time study six months after graduation

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