PhotographyStudents will explore photographic techniques using a variety of methods and media. They will be taught how to exploit the creative potential of photography through four successive units of study over two years - portfolio work, a personal investigation and two externally set assignments.
What is Photography?
Students are encouraged to genuinely investigate the potential of photography as a means of self-expression and a vehicle for their ideas. Students will explore photographic techniques using a variety of methods and media. They will be encouraged to discover the creative possibilities of photography through four successive units of study over two years.
Students’ portfolios will demonstrate understanding of different styles, genres, traditions and techniques through a range of practical and critical exercises, learning to use a digital SLR camera, as well as utilising Photoshop as a means to further develop and manipulate images. We have a dedicated suite of Apple macs and a small studio space. In addition, students learn to use film cameras and work in the darkroom, developing film and making prints, a practice that helps to deepen understanding of the nature and history of photography.
During the course we take advantage of our city centre location to visit the numerous galleries on our doorstep, as well as the National Media Museum in Bradford to undertake focussed research. Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an annual visit, as is any one of a number of European destinations. In recent years we have visited Rome, Paris and Barcelona, enabling students to cultivate their interest in photography through visits to world famous galleries and landmarks in order to add a new dimension to their portfolio work.