The photography students at Southampton Solent University have a diverse range of professional, and creative expertise and experience. Research underpins practice and informs the production of practical photographic project work creating a highly engaging and relevant programme.
The course has equipped the students with strong practical expertise, while providing the critical thinking skills necessary for a career in photography and the cultural sector.
Students have explored the philosophical and critical position on the photograph within a wider visual culture, with a focus on print based, screen based or self-published bookwork outcomes. Historical and theoretical studies have informed the development of the student’s individual practice. Examining the production and contextualisation the photographic image has allowed a broader understanding of the image in contemporary society.
Both images © Iselin Merkesdal
Visiting speakers from the arts and creative industries have offered insights into their practice and helped to develop awareness of professional environments and contexts. The University’s industry standard photographic and digital production facilities allowed students to produce both print and screen-based still and moving image work.
Professional practice is an essential part of the course and affiliation with the Association of Photographers (AoP) has allowed students to establish relationships with professional and renowned organisations and agencies such as Magnum Photos Ltd, Le Book and The Sunday Times.
Recent partnerships have been formed with Southampton City Art Gallery and students have worked in conjunction with creative professionals to produce public exhibitions and live projects.