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Welcome Guide 2015BA (Hons) Photography

Ingrid Gustafsson, Photography, UCA Rochester

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Welcome to BA (Hons) Photography.

In this guide you will find the information you need to help you settle in to your studies at UCA Rochester this September.

You are joining a course which has a prestigious

history in preparing students to meet the challenges of creative photography.

The course benefits from numerous facilities, including access to two large photographic studios which house digital workstations, film processing, printing (colour and black & white darkrooms), digital postproduction equipment, flash and continuous lighting, HD video and digital and analogue cameras.

In your first year with us, you will learn about the genres of photography and photographic visual language, creative concept development, research and the production of final solutions, practice digital and analogue photography, studio and location shoots, and lighting and postproduction skills.

Whilst the main introduction to the course will take place during the first week of the term, there are some details you will need in advance, which are outlined in this Welcome Guide.

During the induction week we will introduce you to the various resources of the university including the studios, library, computers and workshops.

You will meet fellow students and the academic and technical staff. We will provide you with an overview to the course and your first creative projects. It is very important that you do not miss any of the activities during this week.

We wish you a good summer and look forward to meeting you in September!

Best regards,

Heike LöwensteinCourse Leader

[email protected]: 01634 888654



“Within hours of joining UCA, I became part of a team designing, styling and photographing our own fashion shoot. Despite having no fashion background or any inclination towards it after our shoot was finished and images mastered the experience had expanded my perception. This shows that at UCA you can adapt your creativity and individuality to any genre.”

Hazel ThompsonBA (Hons) Photography, Rochester, Year 3

If you have any questions, please contact the Campus Registry Office

Natalie [email protected]: 01634 888745

An answer phone service is available on all of the above lines for any out of hours enquiries.

UCA ROCHESTERThree years full-time

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PRE-ARRIVAL In this section you will find a list of activities that we ask you to complete before you arrive to start your course in September.


If you have the opportunity to look at thesebooks before you start the course they will helpyou to engage with future projects.

Bate, David (2009), Photography: The Key Concepts, Oxford: Berg

Berger, John (2008), Ways of Seeing, Penguin Classics; Reprint edition

Clarke, Graham (1997), The Photograph: A Visual and Cultural History, Oxford Paperbacks

Cotton, Charlotte (2014), The Photograph as Contemporary Art, London: Thames & Hudson

Bull, Stephen (2009), Photography, Routledge

Wells, Liz, (2009), Photography: A Critical Introduction,

Ramona Guentert, Photography, UCA Rochester


The university has computing resource, which you will be able to access throughout your time at UCA. However, if you are considering purchasing a computer, our industry primarily works with Apple Macintosh computers. In this instance Apple MacBook Pro laptops are used extensively for field-work.

We would advise that you delay any purchase until you are enrolled. Once you are registered as a current student you will then be entitled to further discounts. Staff will be able to give more detailed advice at the beginning of term if you are unsure about what to buy.

The course currently uses the following core software:

-Adobe Creative Suite CC: Photoshop Extended, InDesign, Bridge-Apple Final Cut Pro-Adobe Lightroom 4-Hasselblad Phocus-Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

STORAGEThough photography has a ‘network’ shared folder, students are advised to take responsibility for the safe storage of their work.

In order to do this you will need to download, store and transport relevant course work. Students should purchase a ‘USB Memory stick (8Gb+)’ and an ‘External USB’ or Thunderbolt Hard Drive’ (1TB or above).

These can be purchased from any electronics or computing outlet.


Within the department, students have access to the photography stores. The facility not only acts as a centre for renting specialist photographic equipment (at no charge), it also has a small shop for students to purchase essential photographic materials.

We recommend that students joining the program set aside at least £200 for the purchase of Colour and B&W film, paper and printing materials for analogue processes per year. Staff will advise you of the specific accessories, film and photographic paper that you will need for your initial projects.

Nikita Shergill, Photography, UCA Rochester

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For courses at UCA in Rochester we provide professional analogue and digital printing facilities.

Our specialised printing centre ensures that you can:

-Process B&W and colour film-Make analogue colour and fibre based B&W prints-Print digital colour laser prints up to A3-Print colour inkjet prints of up to A0

Recommended suppliers:

Top right:Giola Cassar, Photography, UCA Rochester


-Silverprint (London) www.silverprint.co.uk

Specialist ‘analogue’ material – please note a discount of 5% is only available for counter sales

-Process Supplies (London) www.processuk.net

Professional analogue materials

-Calumet www.calumetphoto.co.uk

Professional photographic suppliers.

Bottom right:Lily Kale,

Photography, UCA Rochester

In this section you will find your enrolment and induction timetables. Please take careful note of the dates and times you will need to attend during your first week.


If you are not able to make any of these dates, please let your campus registry contact know as soon as possible. You can find their contact details at the start of this Welcome Guide.


Welcome to the Photography department at UCA Rochester -

overview of Year 1 and your first teaching unit



4:00pm - 6:00pm Refectory



9:30am Peter Williams Lecture Theatre

11:00am - 1:00pm Studio 1 & 2, Upper 3rd Floor




Welcome Drinks

Free day

Free day

Induction to the Photography department at UCA Rochester -

meet the other years2:00pm - 3:15pm Studio 1 & 2, Upper 3rd Floor

Library, Student Services and IT Induction 3:30pm - 5:00pm Room 806, Upper 4th Floor

11:00am - 3:00pmFreshers’ Fayre Reception/Foyer

4:00pm - 6:00pmInternational and EU Welcome Event - an event for new non-UK

students which includes a welcome from the leadership team, free

food and drink and an opportunity to meet other new students

Lecture Theatre 1, Ground Floor

MA Fashion, MA Design, MA Contemporary Jewellery and MA

Photography 2014-15 Graduate Show Private View - your course

tutors will send further details of this event

The Rag Factory, Heanage

Street, Brick Lane, London

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