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Photography and Graphics

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If you dream of a creative career in the competitive world of graphics and photography, our hands-on courses will give you a head start in building your skills, exploring your talents and developing your portfolio.

Our courses are taught using state-of-the art Mac facilities, and you’ll work in fully equipped studios with access to a range of industry-standard equipment and traditional professional cameras.

We offer Art and Design courses from Level 1 upwards, with our specialist photography pathways available at Level 3, Higher National Diploma and a BA (Hons) in partnership with Bournemouth University. Focusing on project work, you'll cover a diverse range of subjects including darkroom skills and studio techniques, portraiture, lighting and studio set-up, location photography, advertising and layout design, digital work and editing and digital photography. The Level 3 qualification will allow you to develop traditional silver-based and digital photographic skills, and makes the perfect foundation for studying photography at university.

What our students say

We have endless opportunities to create amazing and unique work in the studio. We use all the professional equipment, giving us a competitive edge over a lot of other students.

Ryley Kirby

BA (Hons) Photography

Meet your lecturer

Mark Leary,
Photography Programme Lead,

Mark Leary is an award-winning film maker and photographer.

Mark joined the College in 2019 in his first full-time lecturing role. He previously served as a guest lecturer at various universities, including Arts University Bournemouth and Plymouth College of Art.

A contemporary artist, Mark is an observer of the everyday – capturing the minutiae of life and translating it into moments of magic. His imagery holds a strong narrative which the audience identifies with – whether it is a mundane detail, panoramic landscape or the raw honesty of his portraiture.

With his unique colour palette and beautiful lighting, Mark creates a familiar – almost nostalgic – feeling to his work whilst pertaining relevance to a modern, stylised aesthetic. His work has been described as dreamlike and displaying a magical quality whilst conveying universal concepts of wonder, adventure, exploration and mindfulness. Read more...

Samantha O'Neill,
Lecturer in Photography,

Samantha O'Neill is known as Samantha Horn in her professional career as an Artist. Samantha has two first class degrees, a BA in Photography and a Masters in Fine Art. Her former career in Costume Design for film and television culminated with her winning an Emmy in 2006 but more importantly has allowed her concerns within the mediums of photography, film and costume to evolve in an enquiring and exploratory manner. Her work, primarily created through the use of photography, is concerned with 'cultural identity' and notions of 'belonging' found within narratives of European 'portrayal'. Samantha practices both digital and analog including 10x8 camera photography.

Rob Payne,
Lecturer in Commercial Photography,

After much practice, experimentation and development Rob graduated from Reading with a degree in photography. He then immediately moved to London where he started assisting established commercial photographers, along the way he was lucky enough to work and learn alongside some of the advertising industry’s big hitters - travelling the world in the process.

Rob’s own style of photography was moulded during these frequent and sometimes long assisting trips to the USA where he was able to take inspiration from some of the great pioneering photographers such as Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld and William Eggleston. This allowed Rob to see the world in a very different light, turning the ordinary into extraordinary. He takes everyday scenes, landscapes or objects and creates a unique atmosphere around them using light, colour and composition. This ‘atmosphere’ is hard to pinpoint. Read more...

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