Photography is the dominant visual medium of our day. It therefore opens doors to a wide range of exciting and important career paths, from advertising and design to fashion and publishing.
On this course you’ll study modules in photography, moving image, contextual studies and digital media. And, along with visits to exhibitions and the chance to attend study trips in the UK and overseas, you’ll further develop your knowledge and passion for your subject.
In year two we embed work experience into the course by giving you a live external client brief. You’ll then begin to develop a specialist area of study through creative practice-based projects, and develop your technical skills in a series of craft workshops, all supported by academic research.
We offer opportunities to meet guest lecturers from the creative industries and arts which bring commercial and artistic practice to life and into sharp focus.
In the third year we ask you to create your own portfolio of work to showcase your unique creative vision and talent. And, throughout the course, we’ll help you to develop your professional skills base and take the initiative to get involved in external exhibitions.
- Develop your creative, technical and academic skills to produce exciting, thought-provoking and dynamic work.
- Learn from experts – including high-profile academics such as Professor Lala Meredith-Vula – with extensive professional experience in both photographic and moving image practices.
- Boost your portfolio, and your confidence, through working on live briefs for external clients and via work experience opportunities at businesses such as the National Space Centre, Fostering and Adoption Agency, Dance 4 and Soft Touch Arts.
- Study a range of topics including constructing the moving image, photography and camera vision, and concepts of digital media.
- Our graduates have forged successful careers in journalism, freelancing and curation, and work for big names such as Sky, Paul Smith and Vogue.
- Join international trips through DMU Global, our international experience programme, and visit cities such as Paris and New York.
- The award-winning Vijay Patel Building provides both the space and the facilities to foster creative thinking, where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design students.
- We provide core workshop materials at no cost, and give cash awards – £150, £200 and £300 in years one, two and three respectively – to support personal materials/printing costs*.
Structure and assessment
- Constructing the Moving Image
- Photography and Camera Vision
- Concepts of Digital Media
- Lens-Based Studies
- Still and Moving Image: Research and Practice
- Professional Studies
- Lens-Based Choice
- Experimental and Analytical Production with a Major Project
- Creative Professional Practice
- Critical Research
Facilities and features
Photography and video facilities
Purpose-built facilities including digital video editing suites, video and stills studios, digital imaging labs, HD digital recording facilities and large format digital printing which allows you to print to exhibition standard. These digital facilities are complemented by darkrooms where you can learn about historical, chemistry-based processes.
The Photography and Video facilities are supported by a dedicated team of skilled technical and academic staff.
An art materials shop is conveniently located on campus where you can buy a wide variety of art materials to help you with your studies and an A/V loans centre provides a huge range of professional still and video equipment to use free of charge.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
Work placements and external client briefs are offered as part of this course and they are some of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job. They can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.
We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your and you interests and aspirations.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Each year there are exciting international photography and video study trips to apply for. For example students have recently had the opportunity to visit Paris and New York. In years two and three students have had the opportunity to pitch for the Photographing DMU Global project to win an international work opportunity.
Our graduates go on to pursue a wide variety of exciting careers as freelance still and moving image creatives, roles in independent production, teaching, curatorial work, multimedia industries, publishing, advertising, journalism, picture research, and arts practice and administration.
Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Paul Smith, Nike, Universal Pictures, Sky, Trigger Global, Lacoste, John Lewis Partnership, the BBC, Mail Online, Apple, Rolling Stone, The Independent, i-D Magazine, and Vogue.
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