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BA (Hons) Photography

Throughout your studies, your practical production work will be underpinned and informed by a rich programme of contextual and theoretical study.

<p>Alongside this, professional practice modules will provide you with the grounding in business, legal and ethical considerations that you’ll need to pursue your own career in the creative industries.</p> <p>Recent visiting artists and lecturers have included Alison Nordström, Dinu Li, Nicholas White, Jonny Briggs, Anna Fox, Ben Borthwick, Jack Latham, Tom Hunter, Richard Billingham, Peter Kennard, Sophy Rickett, Sian Davey, Louis Porter, Matthew Broadhead, Aaron Schuman and Arko Datto, while the university’s onsite gallery has hosted exhibitions from Martin Parr, Suki Dhanda and Corinne Day.</p> <p>Our strong international connections also allow our students to take a semester of study with one of our partner institutions within Europe and North America, and in turn, we welcome overseas students from those institutions to join us in our studios, creating an exciting cultural exchange.</p> <p><strong>Graduates can become</strong> photographers, artists, curators, art or creative directors, creative producers, filmmakers, writers, academics, lecturers and teachers, online producers and more. Successful alumni include photographers such as Nicholas White, whose practice spans commercial and creative photography, while other graduates have gone on to postgraduate study and careers in the creative industries.</p> <p>From award wins with Slovak Press Photo, Lensculture, the Association of Photographers and the South West Graduate Photography prize to exhibiting at the Anima Mundi Festival in Venice, The Royal Photographic Society, and Somerset House - our students see success both nationwide and internationally. <br /></p>

Our Graduates

Suki Dhanda photographed by Sarah Packer crop
British Asian photographer Suki Dhanda, whose portraits of subjects for The Observer and The Guardian include Blue Planet presenter Sir David Attenborough, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, singer and actress Rihanna, and artist Yoko Ono was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Arts University Plymouth (then Plymouth College of Art) in 2018. Suki is an alumna of Arts University Plymouth, and graduated with an HND in the late 1980s, coming to the college from Slough. During her Honorary Fellowship acceptance speech, she recalled her time studying at the university and how collaborating with other creatives from different backgrounds influenced her practice. Suki Dhanda successfully combines a career as a newspaper photographer with gallery and installation commissions showing work alongside the likes of Rankin and Turner prize winner Gillian Wearing. After leaving Arts University Plymouth, she spent the next three years as an advertising photographer's assistant and in the process assembled a portfolio by doing free shoots, notably for the music magazine Straight No Chaser. Her big break came when The Observer commissioned her to take photographs of mothers and daughters. It brought her a freelance contract that has sustained her wider practice ever since, in which she has captured portraits of some of the world's most famous faces. In 2018, Suki returned to Plymouth, where she began her photography journey, with a new exhibition commissioned by Arts University’s onsite art gallery MIRROR, titled ‘Race, Place & Diversity By The Seaside’. In shooting new portraits for this show, Dhanda spent six months visiting Plymouth, capturing local residents and visitors spending time relaxing with their friends and families by the coast, in a project that highlighted the possibilities of co-existing in a shared space. Provoked by Dhanda’s personal reaction to the 2016 Brexit vote, the work profiled a series of people who may have begun to question their sense of belonging and their place in the UK since the vote was cast. Click here to watch our Gallery Short featuring an interview with Suki about the show, and read more on our blog. Suki Dhanda was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Arts University Plymouth in 2018 in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the arts.
Ray Goodwin
Ray is a Central Stores Technician in the Equipment Resource Centre at Arts University Plymouth. He is a part of the MultiMedia Lab team, whose expertise features photography, moving image, sound and game design. His speciality is analogue photographic equipment, film processing and scanning. Ray has worked with 35mm, medium format and large format film cameras, predominantly in black and white. Ray can also undertake minor repairs and general maintenance on analogue equipment such as light seal replacements and lens cleaning. Ray studied at Exeter College, graduating with a merit in Access to HE Art & Design. He also studied at Arts University Plymouth at undergraduate level in Photography and completed his Masters degree in photography at Arts University Plymouth with a distinction. His research was based around alienation within society, psychogeography, the non-place, capitalist realism and the prosaism of the everyday. This mixed photography with a walking practice, similar to the ‘flaneur’. Further into his postgraduate studies, Ray challenged the use of ‘New-Topographics’ in a modern setting - updating the movement to ‘Post-Topographics’ to reflect the half-century difference in time, yet juxtaposed by the stagnation of society. His work has been published with Shutterhub Yearbook 2020, Photograd Graduate 2020 and Photograd Conjunction zines. He has also worked with the Smart Citizens Programme, Atlantic Youth Creative Hub, Arts University Plymouth Students’ Union, The MegaRide and Soperfect Images.
Nicholas White
Dartmoor based photographer Nicholas White graduated from Arts University Plymouth in 2013, going on to take his love of the outdoors and the National Park’s unique landscape into his work. Nicholas has successfully exhibited his work in Romania, Italy and the UK and has won several awards for his landscape photography. Nicholas also won The Royal Photographic Society’s Environmental Bursary, allowing him to travel to Romania and photograph the Guardians of the Forest as they restore the mountains and forests back to their natural state. His clients include National Geographic, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Red Bull, Puma, Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times, The Guardian and The Telegraph Magazine.

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