The department has excellent connections with the photographic industry, from the gallery network through to documentary and advertising agencies. Graduates are employed in a wide range of photographic and fine art activities, including fashion, portraiture, editorial/documentary, and gallery contexts.
Students will regularly interact with professional contacts through the exciting series of visiting lecturers, where artists, photographers, curators, editors, writers and agents present their work and talk about their professional experiences.
Recent examples include: Richard Billingham, Tim Clark, Tereza Zelenkova, Abel Morrell, Simon Roberts, Dominic Hawgood, Esther Teichman, Julie Graham, Dean Chalkley, Felicity Hammond, Emma Critchley, Mark Power, Colin Gray, Julian Germain, Rosie Martin, Tom Hunter, Peter Finnemore.
During level 6 a photographic agent and curator are brought in to advise the students on their personal practice before returning to assist with interview-style assessments.
Current collaborators are: Karen McQuaid (Senior Curator at The Photographers' Gallery) and Rebecca McClelland (Photography Director/Art Producer).
Students are also encouraged to contend with the industry standards of their chosen area of practice within the External Project in level 6, where they work on live projects with clients. This allows them to start their professional career whilst receiving supported tuition from academic staff on subjects such as contracts and costings, as well as technical and creative issues.
Previous project examples include: NHS, Atkins Rail, National Trust, Sunday Times, Penguin Books, Corus, Channel 4, The Royal Ballet and Dazed and Confused.