Fashion Photography BA(Hons)

UCAS Code
W641
Location
Falmouth Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730
Admissions
admissions@falmouth.ac.uk

Do you want to learn how to make fiercely individual, dynamic and innovative fashion images? Whether it's captivating photographs, fashion films or media-merging animations, fashion photography is a profession at the cutting edge.

Supported by highly experienced, professionally active lecturers, you'll complete live briefs and form collaborations. Our multi-million-pound Photography Centre, one of the best student facilities in Europe, is equipped to help you create highly individual work. In addition, Cornwall's diverse landscape provides an extraordinary backdrop for developing photography and film-making skills on location.

You'll work across a range of media including fashion film, photography and animation, while experimenting with your way of capturing the ever-evolving world of fashion. You'll explore the use of advanced high-end retouching and specialist editing techniques, and be encouraged to seek international placements to gain a diverse and global understanding of the industry.

The course blends original creativity with frontline technology, and study is underpinned by a sound understanding of history and theory. We help you to develop the skills, confidence and imagination required to make your mark in this exciting but highly competitive world. You will graduate with a strong professional identity and an individual portfolio that showcases your distinctive style as an image-maker.

BA(Hons) Fashion Photography course information form

How is the course taught

This full-time practice-focused course is supported by excellent contact time with tutors, lectures, seminars, focus groups, studio and location-based technical instruction workshops, study trips to world-renowned fashion centres (during international fashion weeks) and work placements.

You'll learn advanced professional image capture techniques in fashion photography as well as core skills in fashion film-making, animation and post-production using the most contemporary techniques and technologies. You'll also develop essential peer and self-evaluation skills.

What you'll do

Year 1

During year one you'll explore the analytical, creative and technical potential of fashion photography, both in the studio and on location. A series of editorial and advertising project briefs and accompanying lectures and workshops encourage you to understand the expressive and dynamic nature of fashion image-making. You'll be encouraged to explore your personal identity as a practitioner through investigating how personal practice relates to a broader arena of art and design.

  • Professional studio working
  • Working on location
  • Post-production: high-end retouching and compositing techniques (Photoshop)
  • Opportunity to attend a study trip during London Fashion Week
  • Working with fashion designers
  • Professional and business aspects of working as a fashion photographer
  • Histories and theories

Year 2

Creative possibilities in fashion image-making are infinite. This year seeks to explore the impact and importance of new media through experimental fashion film animation and the manipulation of photographic imagery using non-destructive retouching practices. A platform for discussion and experimentation encourages students to realise a diverse portfolio of work that demonstrates a sensitive and considered use of light, colour, tone, composition and form.

In year two you'll also negotiate a personal body of work to locate individual interests, develop specialist practices and explore a 'signature style' of image-making.

  • Fashion film-making, photography and animation
  • Digital imaging: advanced high-end retouching and compositing practices (Photoshop)
  • Working with brands and clients from the industry
  • Opportunities to work with fashion design students
  • Opportunity to undertake work experience/placements/attend Fashion Weeks
  • Opportunity to negotiate a personal body of work
  • Professional and business aspects of working as a fashion photographer
  • Histories and theories

Year 3

In year three you'll define and undertake a final major project and be encouraged to exhibit your final work. You'll explore critical reflection, self-awareness and should develop your own professional identity, building on your skills. You'll gain an increased awareness of the need for a resourceful and professional approach towards building a career as a professional image-maker, and devise a personal strategy for continuing your practice and advancing your skills.

  • Final major project
  • Major exhibition
  • Personal and professional development including the business aspects of working as a fashion photographer
  • Dissertation

Facilities

Our Photography Centre and Fashion Studios include:

  • Large professional studios with cutting-edge photographic equipment
  • Fully colour-managed digital suites with specialist print processing facilities
  • Specialist digital training facilities with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Photography store containing an extensive range of industry-standard equipment available for loan

Experience you'll get

  • Specialist instruction in professional studio and location practices for fashion photography, film and animation
  • Collaborative live briefs that mirror the fashion photography industry
  • Specialist instruction in high-end retouching and fashion film production

Assessment

  • Continuous assessment of visual, verbal and written assignments
  • Portfolio submissions, support work and online presence
  • Final year exhibition and portfolio

Staff

Our dedicated and dynamic course team are specialists and practitioners in the industry, joining us as fashion photographers, post-production and retouching specialists, art directors, stylists, visual merchandisers, designers and image-stock specialists.

They've worked for clients and publications such as ELLE magazine, Giorgio Armani and Vivienne Westwood, and exhibited their photographic work and BAFTA nominated/award-winning films internationally.

Careers

  • Career as a fashion photographer, film-maker, picture editor, agent or researcher
  • Work in creative art direction and management
  • Career in post-production as a retouching artist or multimedia specialist
  • Work across a range of disciplines in fashion, film and advertising

Current work experience and placements with

  • Vogue
  • Burberry
  • Harper's Bazaar
  • i-D
  • Ted Baker
  • Paul Smith
  • ELLE
  • DC
  • Storm
  • TANK
  • Wonderland
  • Schön

Interview and selection process

Interviews will be held on:

  • 15, 16, 17 January 2014
  • 14 February 2014
  • 14 March 2014

We will continue to schedule interviews as long as places are still available.

Student mentor scheme

Falmouth's student mentor scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Fashion Photography group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to: studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team: admissions@falmouth.ac.uk