"I was attracted to the unique ‘set construction project’ in which, over four weeks, in a group, you collectively work together to build, light and photograph a set – it sounded so exciting! As well as this there is a daylight studio, which not many other universities have, and at Plymouth there were many other facilities that were on offer to me.
Course lecturers are friendly and enthusiastic which made me feel very welcome. What’s ideal about the course is that you’re not directed into a certain photographic style; you can work in whatever field you like and this includes using any media that is lens-based. There is a lot of flexibility. You could be a fashion photographer, a landscape photographer or anything in between.
Every Wednesday, critically acclaimed photographers like Martin Parr, Ron Jude, Mark Power, Simon Roberts and professionals who work in the area of photography, like Michael Mack of Mack Books and James Mullinger, Photographic Director of GQ UK, travel to Plymouth to give a talk about their work and past experiences.
Because the Peninsula Arts Gallery is situated on campus and incorporated within the University, the organisation offers an internship scheme for students to undertake. It gives students the opportunity to work in areas like curating and marketing on your doorstep whilst you study. Students can benefit from the photography professors’ numerous industry contacts to make professional connections with the potential of work experience. I have work experience lined up with a top artist-book publisher because of this."