COURSE OVERVIEW
UCAS CODE W642 Commercial photography is needed in the 21st Century more than at any time in the history of the medium. Everyone has a camera but not everyone is capable of making quality imaging on time, to budget and of a quality and concept that fits the demands of the current industry. We provide superb facilities and practicing industry-experienced staff that allows a high quality learning experience. You will acquire the technical and transferable creative skills needed to be a successful practitioner in the commercial photography industry, fulfilling briefs to professional standards. But don’t take our word for it, check out the national awards our students win and their employment successes!
COURSE DETAILS
Our BA (Hons) Commercial Photography course here at The Northern School of Art is based on the integration of creative practice/creativity and practical skills and is intended to prepare graduates for employment in the creative imaging industry. This course has been designed in consultation with professional practitioners, trade bodies, online content producers and industry partners. All students become members of the AOP, the BIPP and have the opportunity to become a Phase One Certified Professional. You will work in a purpose-built environment with industry-approved digital equipment, software, techniques and facilities. A varied and intensive introduction allows you the opportunity to become technically competent and creatively aware with a broad range of relevant skills. As you progress, you’ll be encouraged to develop your understanding and acquisition of transferable skills alongside the development of your portfolio in your chosen specialist direction. Visiting lecturers include: • Richy Leeson – Head of Photography at END, former Photography Team Leader at The Hut Group, former Head of Photography at Ted Baker • Tim Wallace – Car Photographer • Martin Parr • Brian Cannon – Album cover photographer, The Verve and Oasis • Dan Holdsworth – Visiting Fellow • Alison Bancroft – Fashion and Culture Analyst • John Bulmer – Editorial Photographer, The Sunday Times • The AOP • The BIPP • Alamy

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2018 START, 112 2019 START UCAS TARIFF

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on BA (Hons) Commercial Photography

In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:
• Digital Photography and Workflow • Commercial Lighting • Introduction to Critical Thinking • Digital Enhancement and Retouching • Genres in a Commercial Context
In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:
• Fashion Photography • Advertising and Product Photography • Critical Thinking and Contemporary Photography • Advanced Enhancement and Retouching • Negotiated Project
In your third year (Level Six) you will produce:
• Project Research and Preparation • Dissertation/Report • Final Major Project • Final Show and Portfolio

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You will work within a purpose-built environment with industry-approved digital equipment, software, techniques and facilities. A varied and intensive introduction allows you the opportunity to become technically competent and creatively aware with a broad range of relevant skills. As you progress, you’ll be encouraged to develop your work; your understanding and acquisition of transferable skills and develop your portfolio in your chosen specialist direction. Regular visits locally, nationally and abroad supplement your studies. Previous study visits include London, Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin.

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STAFF

JAMIE MACDONALD
JAMIE MACDONALD
Programme Leader Jamie is programme Leader for BA Photography. He oversees and manages both the Commercial and Photographic Practice (with Moving Image) degrees. He also leads on several modules across the department that relate to his research profile documentary filmmaking and photographic research. He is currently an active member of the Northern School of Art Research and Scholarly Activity Group.
ANDREW DUNNING
ANDREW DUNNING
Lecturer Andrew is a practising Commercial Photographer working locally in the Tees Valley, with over ten years experience as a professional photographer. He is a specialist in Digital Image Capture, Post-production and Retouching.
ANTONY CHAMBERS
ANTONY CHAMBERS
Lecturer Antony teaches across all levels on both photography programmes, with a focus on level 4. His main passion for the subject lies in film photography and darkroom printing, which form the backbone for most of his teaching. The photobook and exhibition modules that Antony teaches provide a platform from which the students can creatively express themselves. As well as exhibiting and self-publishing his work, Antony is involved in a long-term project photographing the landscape in and around his hometown of Middlesbrough. Along with three others, Antony has recently founded WAX, an organisation based in Middlesbrough which is establishing a programme of exhibitions and workshops centred on contemporary photographic practice.
HOLLIE GALLOWAY
HOLLIE GALLOWAY
Technician Demonstrator Hollie is a Technician Demonstrator for all Photography programmes in the School, providing technical support and workshops to students at all levels, as well as providing workshops for other programmes that require photographic guidance. She is also a member of the Academic Board and works with the recruitment team on events across the country. Hollie was selected from a pool of photographers to shoot a campaign for New Balance in the Marble Quarries of Carrara, Italy. This campaign was advertised worldwide and the images were displayed in a wide range of formats. She has also recently been to Bangladesh on a social documentary project, following a filmmaker as he produced a short film about the ready-made garments industry in the developing world.

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