This course has an international reputation for creating graduates who go on to become highly regarded professionals in the creative industries. With access to traditional and digital photographic facilities and industry-standard equipment, you'll learn how to use and adopt skills to develop your creativity, working between analogue and digital.
You'll work across the subject of photography, choosing to focus and develop in areas such as art, documentary, editorial, advertising, fashion, and critical writing.
- Gain a comprehensive understanding of photographic techniques, practice, and history.
- Focus on a format of your choice – digital or analogue, still or moving image.
- Work broadly across the subject area or choose to focus on an area that suits you.
- Develop your professional skills through work experience placements, competitions, and collaborations with organisations.
- Go on field trips and optional study visits to cities like New York, Paris, Berlin, Bilbao, and London.
- Apply for an overseas exchange to a partner university in Europe through the Erasmus programme.
- Benefit from our visiting lecturer series, with speakers from a range of photographic practices.
- Take part in the development and organisation of a photography festival in your final year, exhibiting your work at venues across Nottingham.
- Be selected to showcase your work at the Free Range graduate exhibition in London.
- 98% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2015/16)
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How you're taught
Teaching and learning experiences will include:
- lectures and seminars
- studio workshops
- practical demonstrations
- portfolio reviews
- live projects
- study trips
- peer and self-evaluation.
A series of technical workshops will help you to develop practical skills, and will include:
- exposure and metering
- black-and-white film processing
- colour printing
- black-and-white printing
- digital workflow (scanning, processing, printing, and managing your digital images)
- studio lighting
- large and medium format
- exhibition and installation
- moving image.
Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade. You will receive feedback throughout.
Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:
- a portfolio of practical work
- professional practice documents
- a dissertation
- a research package.
Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.
Trips and study visits
You'll go on study trips to galleries, exhibitions, and cultural cities in the UK and abroad. Recent destinations have included: New York; Hepworth Gallery, Yorkshire; Paris Photo; European Month of Photography, Bratislava; and Berlin.
The University is part of the Erasmus programme and has agreements with a number of partner institutions throughout Europe.
If you're thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus is a great way of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, learning a new language, and gaining a study experience which will enhance your CV. Exchanges usually take place during Year Two of your studies.
Recent destinations include FAMU International, Czech Republic; Universitat de Barcelona, Spain; École Supérieure d'Art et Design, France; and RMIT University, Australia.
You will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final-year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.
As part of this, our photography students collaborate to develop and organise their own public photography festival across the city of Nottingham. This includes branding and marketing, producing a website and catalogue, and finding spaces to exhibit their work.
You will also have the chance to be selected to exhibit your work at Free Range in London, another opportunity to have your work viewed by industry.
- Year 1 coursework (100%).
- Year 2 coursework (100%).
- Year 3 coursework (100%).
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%), independent study (79%).
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).
Careers and employability
This course has an excellent employability rate, with 98% of graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2015/16)
This course prepares you for a career in photography or photo-related activities. Depending on your particular interest, you will identify your practice, and research picture agencies, image libraries, arts organisations, and photographers' agents. You will learn about proposals and CVs; how to cost your work; how to prepare estimates and invoices; and your rights, responsibilities and obligations as a photographer.
The following factors also continue to develop, to support the employability of our students:
- live projects
- guest speaker series
- industry visits
- trade fairs
- work experience
- increasing contacts with creative businesses
- success of our alumni
- research profile of our academic staff.
Many of our students go on to become photographers in different areas of the industry, from art to fashion, and from sport to documentary. Recent graduates include:
Other roles the graduates from this course have gone into include:
- Senior Creative, Jamie Oliver
- Assistant Picture Editor, GQ Magazine
- Picture Researcher, Vogue magazine
- Stylist Assistant Intern, Wallpaper* magazine
- Exhibitions Coordinator, Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar
- Gallery Assistant, L A Noble
- Photography Assistant, Horniman Museum and Gardens
- Photographer / Film maker at EC Language Centres
- White Dwarf Photographer, Games Workshop
- Community Coordinator, Google
- Digital Photographer, Vision Express
- Assistant Image Coordinator, Storm Model Management
- production manager
- post-production and retouching
- working as educators, teaching within schools, colleges and universities;
- writers for Frieze Magazine, Art Review, The BBC
- Artist in Residence, National Media Museum Bradford.
Graduates also become stylists, studio managers, writers, web designers, photographers' agents, curators, arts administrators, and teachers.
YouFirst – working with our Employability team
Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.
Links with industry
You'll benefit from industry professionals visiting the course to deliver guest lectures and share their experience. Recent visitors include:
- Martin Parr, Magnum photographer
- Federica Chiocchetti, photography consultant, editor and curator
- Chris Floyd, fashion and celebrity portrait photographer
- Adam Hinton, documentary photographer (NTU alumnus)
- Tim Clark, editor-in-chief and publisher of 1000 Words magazine
- Marco Bohr, photographer and cultural blogger
- Alec Dudson, editor-in-chief of Intern Magazine
- Giles Duley, photographer
- David Birkett, managing director of DMB Media
- Mark Sealy MBE, director of Autograph ABP (Association of Black Photographers)
- Emma Bowkett, photography director of FT Weekend magazine
- Emma Blau, photographer and curator.
Recent events run by industry organisations for our students include:
- Genesis Imaging, London – bursary scheme.
- Alamy – the launch of the 100% Student project, designed to promote, showcase, and sell student images through an international picture library
- Press Association – working to a set brief in New York given by Martin Stephens, managing director, Press Association Images
- Sam Robinson photographer – mentoring scheme.
- the Martine Hamilton Knight architectural photography placement scheme
- FORMAT Festival, Derby – placement.
Work placement and internship opportunities
You'll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies. Course staff will support you by directing you towards work placement and professional practice opportunities.
Our Photography students have recently gained work experience with companies and organisations such as:
- Brides magazine
- GQ magazine
- Notts County Football Club
- The Observer
- the Press Association
- The Times
- Vogue magazine
- Mark George photography agent
- DMB Media, London
- Scene Photography, Nottingham.
You will be based in the Bonington building, a dedicated Art and Design building. Facilities and equipment include:
- comprehensive Mac editing suites with software for photography and video
- a range of Canon and Nikon digital SLR cameras
- Phase One digital backs for large and medium format
- 35mm cameras including Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Pentax, and Leica
- medium format cameras including Mamiya, Hasselblad, Yashica, and Rolleicord
- large format cameras including MPP, Wista, and Toyo
- HD video cameras and digital SLRs with HD video
- Bowens and Profoto strobe flash equipment
- black-and-white darkroom for wet and dry printing processes, with 39 enlargers – these include De Vere and Durst, with multigrade, colour head, and filter drawer head
- colour suite dedicated to colour printing with ten individual darkrooms equipped with either a De Vere 203 or 504 enlarger with a colour printing head (dry process)
- black-and-white print processing systems including Paterson dev system and deep tank processing
- three dedicated full-size studios with backgrounds and Profoto lighting.