BA [Hons] Photography
+ Visual Media
This new BA complements and encourages cross-programme and Institute-wide participation. The programme reflects the synthesis of new technologies and methodologies into photographic practice; specifically how these have affected contemporary approaches to image making. Students will be encouraged and supported to learn and explore multiple avenues of inquiry that incorporate traditional documentary practice, digital image making, experimental film and software-based work. The programme will foster a commitment to professional practice and post-graduation realities, while enabling and empowering graduates with best practice and skill sets for future storytelling through the lens. It will promote the synergy of theoretical perspectives and practical methodologies in the production of work to foster critically engaged image makers able to promote and scrutinise their own professional practices.
Each module incorporates a range of elements and reflect each of the technical, conceptual and critical contexts of the core principles of the programme, thus allowing for the application of multiple medias and multiple practices: from analogue traditions of photography to cutting edge digital media solutions for the moving image. This approach will enable students on the programme to respond to the changing and rapid developments within the field of creative media arts into the future.
There are opportunities to study abroad through an Erasmus Programme, in addition to international field-trips. A work industry placement takes place in Year 3.
What will I do?
- Develop a high-level of understanding of the opportunities and challenges of contemporary lens based and digital media practices.
- Encounter a practical and intellectual environment, facilitating a rigorous exploration of traditional, contemporary, and emerging lens-based media practices and criticism.
- Learn to become an empowered creative image maker, with the skills and understanding needed to pursue a professional career in photographic image making and the creative media arts.
- Learn the best practice and key skill sets for future work-life through practical and theoretical studies.
What will I be able to do when I graduate?
Graduates will be able to seek employment nationally and internationally in a range of creative commercial and contemporary art practices including; digital media, publishing, advertising, architectural photography, fine art, documentary, gallery/project management, fashion/editorial. Graduates can also work independently or to establish your own business.
Graduates will be superbly positioned to embrace further study opportunities at Masters level in a range of media subject areas.
What modules will I study?
FFACT Transitional Studies – Intro to Photographic Theory – Photography and Culture – Photography and Visual Communication – Practical Masterclass – Understanding the Photographic Image – Introduction to the Photographic Studio – Narrative and the Moving Image.
Society, Culture and the Image – Light, Lighting and Digital Media – Documentary and the Moving Image – Visual Culture 4 – Exploring Visual and Material Culture – FFACT Elective – Exhibition and the Photobook – The Exhibition.
Identity and the Image – Project Research & Practice -Photography & Curatorial Practice – Photography & Installation Practice – Thesis Research and Preparation -Business & Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice – Professional Placement Module
Minor Project – Thesis – FFACT Major Research & Studio Project.
Cost for materials and/or field trips
Students taking this course will more than likely own a digital camera and a laptop computer. IADT provides subsidised colour and black and white printing where students supply their own paper.