Image credits: Becky Matthews, Anastasia Taylor Lind, James Mollison.
The first year of the photography degree introduces and explores key concepts that are relevant to contemporary photographic practice through challenging practical projects. All practical modules – whether based in fashion, advertising or fine-art photography – will develop your technical skills and provide stimulating assignments to develop your creativity. Skills will be enhanced in both digital and analogue photographic techniques and you will engage in other relevant media such as moving image and sound.
As you move through the course it will reinforce your emerging photographic practice through a sound knowledge of the history of photography and an awareness of contemporary developments in the medium. The contextual elements of the course will encourage you to think critically about photography and its impact on culture and society.
USW is widely regarded as the most prestigious institution at which to study Documentary Photography, with its long history of teaching, calibre of staff and visiting lecturers.
This course blends the traditions of documentary practice with the most exciting innovations of contemporary photographic practice.
USW recently celebrated 100 years of photography and is highly regarded as the most prestigious institution at which to study Documentary Photography with its long history of teaching, calibre of staff and visiting lecturers.
Our professional teaching team exhibit and publish work internationally, write for major publications and contribute to events that help shape new ideas around the subject.
You will benefit from regular lectures from high-profile guests, engage with symposia and masterclasses and make close professional associations with major institutions that include Magnum Photos, Canon, and many galleries and publishing houses. You can also participate in project-led field trips, study abroad with our partner institutions and work with staff on live research projects.
This course places a strong emphasis on the development of communication skills, and the ability to communicate a story through a variety of formats and media platforms.