Photography, Alchemy and the Artists' Book

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  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 9 July 2018 / 23 July 2018
  • Course duration: Two weeks

What you'll study

This practical course combines three interconnected disciplines of image and artefact creation: digital photography, darkroom processes and the self-published artists’ book.

You will begin by refreshing your knowledge of digital photography as well as improving your awareness of contemporary photography at a local, national and international level. You will then combine your camera skills with simple yet effective darkroom techniques being used today by artists and designers. These techniques will enable you to engage with the past and identify with the history of photography and it’s early pioneers. You will:

  • learn about alternative photographic processes;
  • draw on established ideas and principles to develop a personal approach to photography and define your own project;
  • create innovative images that combine digital technology with primitive photographic processes; and
  • put on a mini-exhibition of your darkroom prints.

You will then apply this knowledge to exploring craft-based presentation skills, namely the artists’ book. You will:

  • learn how to make a selection of handmade books;
  • research how the photobook has been used as an autonomous art form and use the research to develop a photography project specifically for a book;
  • learn the basic techniques of Adobe InDesign to produce effective layouts;
  • print your work using digital printing methods and learn about the print process;
  • choose the appropriate binding method for your publication;
  • hear how artists are using these techniques today;
  • learn how different methods can be adopted for different audiences; and
  • choose the appropriate method to complete an innovative piece of artwork.

By the end of the course you will have put on a mini exhibition of your darkroom prints and created a contemporary hand-crafted book.

This course is a part of NTU Global Summer School, a programme of 2 – 4 week courses and social activities running in July and August 2018.

Tuition fee: £1,100

Credit information

On successful completion of this course you'll get 10 NTU credits (5 ECTS).

Entry requirements

You should have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies and are competent when using a digital SLR camera in manual mode. You should also have the required English language skills.

Please email us if you have any further questions about your course.

How to apply

Step 1

Download the application form and email it to us.

Please read the guidance notes or contact the global summer school team if you have any questions.

Step 2

The Global Summer School Coordinator will be in touch to confirm your place and send you instructions on how to pay for your course and accommodation (if required).

Step 3

If you need a short study visa we will give you an invitation letter. Please read these guidance notes about how to apply for a short term study visa.

Step 4

You’ll receive an email with the instructions on how to enrol when we've received your payment and confirmed your place on the course.

Complete your enrolment online.

Step 5

Your timetable and instructions about where to go on the first day will be sent closer to the course start date.

Please contact us if you are making a booking on behalf of a group.

English language requirements

As a guide, you should be a moderate user of English. For most courses you should be equivalent to an IELTS 6.0 level.

Please check the full list of English language requirements for the global summer school.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is 18 June 2018.

Please email us if you have missed this deadline.

Please note that in order to run each course has to recruit a minimum number of students. Courses which have not reached this number will be withdrawn.

Apply today and start planning your summer in Nottingham.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Step 1

Download the application form and email it to us.

Please read the guidance notes or contact the global summer school team if you have any questions.

Step 2

The Global Summer School Coordinator will be in touch to confirm your place and send you instructions on how to pay for your course and accommodation (if required).

Step 3

If you need a short study visa we will give you an invitation letter. Please read these guidance notes about how to apply for a short term study visa.

Step 4

You’ll receive an email with the instructions on how to enrol when we've received your payment and confirmed your place on the course.

Complete your enrolment online.

Step 5

Your timetable and instructions about where to go on the first day will be sent closer to the course start date.

Please contact us if you are making a booking on behalf of a group.

English language requirements

As a guide, you should be a moderate user of English. For most courses you should be equivalent to an IELTS 6.0 level.

Please check the full list of English language requirements for the global summer school.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is 18 June 2018.

Please email us if you have missed this deadline.

Please note that in order to run each course has to recruit a minimum number of students. Courses which have not reached this number will be withdrawn.

Apply today and start planning your summer in Nottingham.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Tuition fee: £1,100

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