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Photography 2: Documentary

Photography 2: Documentary

Duration: 15 months at 10hrs/week

Price: £1630

Run by: Enquiries
at OCA

Unit 1B
Redbrook Business Park
Wilthorpe Road
Barnsley
South Yorkshire
S75 1JN

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About the Course

In this course you will explore historical and contemporary strategies (a combination of technical, visual and conceptual methodologies) in documentary photography. You will expand your awareness of contexts and frameworks in which to develop your personal practice and photographic vision. You will engage in critical debate and consider relevant social and cultural perspectives, including the ethics of representing conflict, suffering and other peoples and cultures. You will be encouraged to develop a reflexive practice that involves the realisation of your own ideas into compelling visual products. This course fosters a documentary approach underpinned by the ideas of the documentary photographer as an author and documentary photography as a tool for communication.

You will be encouraged to develop further your visual communications skills and convey rich narratives in your photographs, incorporating elements of the semiotics of the image. This course has a marked contemporary bias and includes topical issues in current documentary practice such as the acceptance of the art gallery as a new site of discourse for documentary and the emergence of documentary fictions as effective storytelling devices. Throughout the course you will be invited to show increasing autonomy and to interact with the wider community of learners at the OCA.

The Open College of the Arts is a non-profit educational charity offering arts education through open and flexible distance learning methods. You will receive support from a one-to-one tutor who is also an arts practitioner and you will become part of a thriving UK and international student community.

All of our part time distance learning Open degrees are awarded by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We have an exceptional range of part-time Open courses at Higher Education level in painting, drawing, photography, music, illustration, graphic design, creative writing, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, art history and film.

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  • Disabled access
  • Qualification offered