BA (Hons) Photography

Music and Titles Music Emily Carver: I chose to study at LSBU because of a few reasons, such as the location
which is incredibly central to London, but it’s also just south of the river so you’re
really close to all of these institutions and practitioners. Thomas Chaplin: Waking up, being able to just
walk into Central London, sort of the hub of the creative world is just amazing. It
gives you so many opportunities. Emily Carver: The reason I chose to study
Photography here, was because of the different approaches that they took to a lot of other
Universities. So at LSBU they have a real focus on creative briefs and allowing you
to work on a range of styles and techniques. I didn’t really want to work on just the
technical side of it and how to use a camera, that can come quite naturally; but here they
teach you to think in a different way and to approach every brief in a different way
that you may have considered before. Emily Carver: At the Elephant Studios, we’ve
got a range of different facilities; so we’ve got the photographic studio, we also have
the print room and we also have the kit room. Thomas Chaplin: We’ve got access to industry
standard kit; lots of backdrops, lights, light modifiers, reflectors, a green screen, anything
we would need to explore our creativity. Emily Carver: I found it really useful to
take out things like full frame cameras, which I didn’t have access to before the course
started. We also have medium format, so I got to learn to shoot with the Phase ONE,
which is something I would of never had if hadn’t taken up a photography degree. Daniel Alexander: The digital print lab is
of a very high standard, we have large format printers which enables students to produce
work up to A ZERO (A0), and also to mount that work on site. Thomas Chaplin: We’ve got colour calibrated
monitors, graphics tablets, all the latest software, extremely fast iMacs, a really good
space for all your post production work. Lisa Drew: The teaching at LSBU is phenomenal
actually, especially compared to other courses that I’ve been on. Daniel Alexander: The teaching staff on the
course is comprised of permanent lecturers and visiting lecturers. One of the key advantages
of being based in London is that we are able to employ a great many visiting lecturers
to teach very specific parts of the course. Emily Carver: Whats been really useful is
just how supportive they’ll be and how they’ll encourage you to develop your work, they’ll
encourage you to adapt a whole new way of thinking that you may not have considered
before. Daniel Alexander: We try to encourage students
to develop a practice which their interested in rather than a practice that we would like
to push them towards and having a varied teaching staff from a whole range of different back
grounds and specialisms means that most students or all students find somebody who has got
expertise in the area that they want to work within. Emily Carver: Another thing which is really
great is that they have a real push on getting you involved with the industry as a whole
and getting to work within the creative field and meeting new people. Lisa Drew: There are loads of opportunities
to network with professionals either at some of the shows that you will put on during your
course or also during the guest speaker program, where every week there is a different professional
from the field. Emily Carver: Something really unique to the
university is the Southbank Collective which every student is invited to apply for. Daniel Alexander: It’s the only example
I know of a purely independent company which is run by students and supported by the course.
What this means is that students do a great deal of commercial work which is run through
the agency and enables students to be paid for this. Emily Carver: And it’s also provided us
with the knowledge once we leave and we graduate how to work with an agency, what to be weary
of in terms of copyright, licensing, contracts and everything, so it’s been a real simulation
of what it will be like after graduation but with all the support of the University behind
it. Daniel Alexander: I think students should
come to study photography at London Southbank University because it’s a very exciting
course which has been completely re-validated in the last three years, delivering modules
which are completely contemporary. Emily Carver: I think that it will teach you
to approach things in a way that considers the context of the field that you are in and
it will also teach you to create work that’s maybe slightly new and original, slightly
different to other University’s and how they’ll be working. Emily Carver: I’d really recommend the course
to anyone. Over my three years here I’ve definitely learnt to work in a whole different
way than I would of considered three years ago. Thomas Chaplin: It’s been a really great
experience so far and I can’t wait for the next two years.

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