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Alternative Photographic Processes Short Course

Course description

As photography has become digitally dominated there has been an increasing number of artists and designers looking back in history in search of a more engaging form of final output. By introducing a series of alternative photographic processes, using the photographic image as a starting point, the course will examine and demonstrate the choices and print methods available that go towards producing tangible pieces of work. By underlining the interaction between image and base material, new processes are explored, and creative departures encouraged.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face to face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.

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Topics covered:

We will start the course by looking at number of significant artists and photographers, both historical and contemporary, who work in this area.

  • Liquid photographic emulsions: Will be used in the darkroom with art papers, canvas and glass.
  • Cyanotype printing: Learn how to carefully control contrast when creating both analogue and digital negatives.
  • Van Dyke printing:Learn how to create a beautiful permanent image on both paper and fabric.
  • UV Reactive Dyes:Learn how to create permanent multi coloured prints on paper and fabric.
  • Digital negatives: Take advantage of modern technology and learn how to create a custom curve in Photoshop and print onto acetate in a specific colour to fine tune your final image.

Each process introduced will be accompanied by a brief handout and recipe. You will be shown how to continue these techniques after the course with the minimum of specialist equipment.

Students are encouraged to bring their own imagery with which to experiment.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Black & white 35mm photographic negatives.

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