Abby Donald

BA (Hons) Commercial Photography

Course Duration

3 years; full-time
4 years; full-time Extended BA route
6 years; part-time
7 years; part-time Extended BA route

UCAS Code

Course: W643
Institution: P65

Our stimulating degree courses are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in teaching. You’ll learn from real industry professionals, to ensure your future success in the fast-paced creative industries.

Tim Gundry Subject Leader for BA Hons Commercial Photography at Plymouth College of Art
Tim Gundry
Senior Lecturer & Subject Leader
Prior to working in education and photography, Tim had a long career in the commercial sector and creative industries. He worked in marketing, branding and advertising on both client and agency side, and before becoming a freelance photographer in 2000, was a director of a Brighton-based design agency. Tim graduated with a 1st class, BA (Hons) Photomedia and Design Communication from Arts University Plymouth (then Plymouth College of Art) in 2005 and gained a distinction in the Professional Qualifying Exam for the British Institute of Professional Photography. After obtaining a PGCE from the University of Plymouth in 2006, Tim joined the staff team in 2006 as a lecturer in Photography and Digital Imaging, and in 2013 was appointed as programme leader for Undergraduate Photography. In 2016 he was awarded the Association of Photographers Tutor of the Year award. In 2017 he completed an MA in Photography at the college. Tim’s photographic practice is concerned with using photography to explore the social and cultural histories of the South West and how these become inscribed on the landscape. His work has been published and exhibited nationally in the ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ awards, and in 2009 was featured in the ‘What Haunts You?’ exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery in London. Tim’s research interests are concerned with pedagogic practice. He is an active member of the Association for Photography in Higher Education and is currently working on a Pedagogic research project involving the curation of academic texts to improve student engagement with critical and contextual studies. www.timgundry.comtgundry@pca.ac.uk
Jane Prior Lecturer for BA Hons Commercial Photography at Plymouth College of Art
Jane Prior
Lecturer
Jane studied Professional Media at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, graduating in 1999. She obtained a PGCE with The University of Plymouth in 2004. Jane has been teaching photography for over 13 years. She started her career in Further Education, working across courses such as A-Levels, Foundation, Access to HE & National Diploma. She now works exclusively on the BA (Hons) Commercial Photography programme at Arts University Plymouth. Prior to teaching, she started her photographic career in food photography in London, with clients such as M&S, Sainsbury’s, Birdseye and Pizza Hut. Jane relocated to the South West where her freelance practice began to specialise in wedding and portrait photography. She currently balances lecturing, her commercial practice, as a social and wedding photographer and family life. Jane sees herself as a mother, photographer and a lecturer. She loves the dynamics and rapid pace of a wedding, the chaos and laughter of a family shoot and the pastoral care, challenge and development found in teaching. In September 2016 Jane started studying an MA in Photography. This opportunity has cultivated a new drive and direction within her work, exploring elements of the family, beginning to examine and document responsibilities of a daughter and a mother, whilst also comprehending her position of matriarch within a modern family unit. www.janepriorphotography.co.uk
Gem Pope Lecturer for BA Hons Commercial Photography at Plymouth College of Art
Gem Pope
Lecturer
Gem Pope graduated with a first class (Hons) Degree BA in Photography, Film & Imaging from Napier University, Edinburgh, before relocating to London to begin her commercial career. After several years of assisting a variety of world-renowned commercial photographers, working with clients such as Vogue, Q and Nokia, Gem formed her own freelance career based within the music & television industries both in the UK and in LA. Her clients have included Rock Sound magazine, Ninja Tune, Polydor & Mercury records as well as ITV. Leaving the London lifestyle behind to start her family, Gem relocated to North Devon where she began associate lecturing at both Plymouth & Bath Spa universities. In her role at Arts University Plymouth, Gem enjoys pushing her student’s creativity to the maximum, whilst sustaining her own commercial practice. Gem is currently undertaking a body of research which is concerned with the evolution and relevancy of the photographic assistant within the twenty-first-century digital landscape. She spends her remaining spare time writing young adult fiction and deconstructing both photographic and cinematic narratives. www.gempope.co.uk