What is... Photography?
The arrival of affordable digital cameras has stimulated widespread general interest in photography, presenting the professional photographer with both new opportunities and challenges. This professional expertise is highly valued and the BA Photography prepares students for careers in professional photographic media practice, as well as the broader visual arts sector.
What are my... Career Opportunities?
The wide variety of career opportunities include commercial and industrial photography, photography as visual arts practice, multimedia, print and electronic media, photojournalism and editorial work.
Many graduates work in a variety of commercial and industrial photographic areas ranging from medical to fashion. Others become involved in the media industries, while a significant number pursue careers in education and postgraduate research.
What other options do I have after completion?
BA Photography provides a platform for graduates to undertake postgraduate studies in photography, art, media and other research areas. Those achieving the appropriate standard may pursue further study or additional professional qualifications. DIT offers MPhil and PhD by research and DIT Masters programmes include Creative Digital Media, Music Technology, Journalism, Public Relations, European Public Relations, Public Affairs and Political Communications.
Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?
BA Photography fully integrates theory and practice throughout each year. Adopting a hands-on approach, the programme equips students with key skills, while encouraging students to reflect on their actions and practices. The theoretical (Critical Studies) side of the programme provides students with a critical understanding of the context of media and visual arts production, while fostering intellectual enquiry into the nature of society and culture.
Photography practice modules are underpinned by theoretical study of photographic technologies and images in the social and institutional context in which the photographer operates. In thinking about their own work and how they produce it, students articulate a critical response to the images they create.
Some modules are core (compulsory); others are optional.
Incorporating Visual Studies, History, Theory and Criticism. This area enables students to analyse and account for the ways in which photography permeates all spheres of human experience and activity. The history modules put into context photographic representation and its function in technological, cultural and social change. Students work with materials to examine and reflect on the nature and meaning of the photographic image in different contexts.
Students acquire technical photographic skills through challenging project briefs. These assignments are designed to explore all aspects of photographic practice, including the genres of photography; the range of image formats; meeting or subverting audience expectations; the contexts in which photographic media operate; as well as encouraging students to experiment with the medium of photography as a form of investigation, communication and representation.
Incorporates Study Skills, Law, and Business.
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