Published on October 24, 2012 | by Billie-Jade Thomas

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Camberwell photography ‘most exciting in country’

Outside of Camberwell College

Wooldridge thinks studio time is “crucial”. [Tom Nicholson]

Camberwell College of the Arts’ photography programme is “potentially the most exciting in the country”, according to newly appointed BA Photography Director Duncan Wooldridge.

Wooldridge – whose own artwork has been exhibited internationally – has joined Camberwell from the Colchester School of Art where he was BA and FdA Photography course leader.

Speaking to Arts London News, Wooldridge said that he is focusing on creating a studio culture within the course – one that he hopes will help students to experiment and create more ambitious work.

“Giving students as much studio time as possible is integral, as working within a studio produces a particular kind of work”, he said.

Wooldridge named the integration of photography and fine art as one of the course’s unique characteristics, as it gives students the chance to explore areas not traditionally associated with photography.

Wooldridge also praised the fact that third year students have the choice of completing either a dissertation, work placement or a live project.

Practitioners

Speaking of the new ideas that he has proposed, Wooldridge stressed the importance of guest speakers.

He said that students would not only be given the chance to listen to practitioners about their experience, but also spend time with them and show them their work.

“The students already get a wide range of opinions from the 14 associate lecturers who feed into the course, but will now also be able to show their work to visiting lecturers,” said Wooldridge.

Wooldridge is also giving third year students the opportunity to run one-on-one tutorials with Foundation students, in order to gain teaching experience, while reflecting on what they have learned on the course.

In addition to ensuring that first year students are taught “a solid range of transferable skills”, the one-on-one tutorials will help the third years work on jobs relevant to their course, whilst helping to cover the cost of their study.

Speaking of his new surroundings, Wooldridge said: ‘I am really enjoying being at Camberwell, I have found everyone really friendly and there is a real sense of community here.”

 

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