Studios 6: Making it Real

Studio brief

In Studio 6: Making it Real, we emphasise the mapping out of the student’s own position within the medium, from the development of their conceptual and critical confidence and understanding of the medium, to exploring and mastering techniques. The emphasis will then shift to taking the work from the realm of the studio into the real world in preparation for graduation and subsequent launch of students’ professional or post-graduate journeys with further emphasis on professional practice.

With the UK’s decision to leave the EU; recent and on-going changes in British politics; and mass migration movements, the studio theme relates directly to local, national and worldwide socio-political and economic events affecting us all. From another perspective, photography itself has been undergoing major shifts: from technological to ontological ways of understanding and working with the medium. Students in both studios will situate and critically relate their work to their own guided response to the theme.

Philosophical, historical, technical, conceptual, material, immaterial, biological, political, scientific, phenomenological, emotional, cultural, geographical or any other approaches to “territories” can be mapped out or transgressed in production of students’ projects. Students will be able to use any combination of photographic techniques or media in order to articulate their ideas: from analogue techniques through camera-less and alternative processes, digital and post digital, to any combination of cross-media practices or time-based outputs and actions. From imagination to reality, from an emotion to a completed piece of work, the studio programme will support both the representational and non-representational, inviting students to explore, test and push the boundaries of their own development and comfort, as well as that of their audiences.

The studios will frame the production of their projects and contextual research through a programme providing conceptual grounding, practical skills and networking opportunities. This will lead to an understanding of how to position their practice within visual arts and commercial photography frameworks and how to produce works to professional and museum standard.


Ania Dabrowska, House of Homeless, Arlington Portraits in Art Takes Times Square, 2012


Course Photography BA (Hons)
Tutor Mick Williamson
Sue Andrews
and visiting speakers
Where Central House, second floor studios
When Monday and Thursday

Amber Adams
Laila Halilova
Hayam Amin
Veska Baltadzhieva
Louis Burrows
Samantha Chilton
Darryl Connor
Matthew Cotsell
Sara Cuce
Yazmin Cura
Elisabetta De Guio
Andrew Dickerson
Anna Georgieva
Louis Hull
Levi Lawrence
Keith Li-cho
Khadijah Mahdi
Jurgita Maksimova
Naomi Messenger
Jennifer Nash
Asha Paul Bellow
Marianne Pink
Grant Sorrell
Emilia Strzala
Martyna Szmigielska
Zsofia Varga
Helen Wolstencroft
Naila Zahoor

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