The purpose of the final photography module in the programme is to foster a highly self-motivated approach enabling each student to skilfully integrate personal research and production-based practice. Students will draw from a wide range of acquired technical skills and context-based critical analysis, in order to complete a rigorous, coherent and fully resolved portfolio of photographic work, in preparation for a career within the creative digital media industry.
Professional Photographic Practices
The personal project of the student’s choice, written and developed in consultation with the module lecturer and discussed in tutorial sessions, will be completed to a profesional standard. Due to the nature of the personal project, the content of each student’s work will vary, and individual guidance and review will form an integral part of this semester’s production work. This module is designed to prepare students for life after college, as media-practitioners able to articulate innovative ideas with high skill levels. In this respect, students will be encouraged to work in an autonomous, self-directed manner; to solve conceptual and technical problems in relation to the production of creative photography; and to develop the practices of self-reflection and lifelong learning, essential to the survival of any practitioner working in the media industry. Commercial and professional practices will be addressed, with specific regard to photographic practices in the media and culture industries, and there will be a complementary advertising/editorial element to the project work this semester: emulating a professional commission, this will require students to deliver images that fulfil a written brief provided by a client; using a medium format digital camera, students will photographically illustrate the client’s core values, whilst at the same time showcasing their own skills as a creative photographers and image makers who have the ability to produce advertising/editorial style photographs to the satisfaction of the client. Time will be allocated to the preparation of each student's personal photographic portfolio work, for the purposes of showcasing their skills to potential employers.
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