The Lens-Based Media study path focuses on approaching animation, photography, and the full range of contemporary cinematic forms as a single expanded field.
We provide a learning environment that recognises the convergence of previously distinct analogue imaging media into a single digital workflow. We support new forms of analysis and creative practice that treat images as plastic, open to recombination, manipulation and shaping. We will support you in exploring the ways that the images you create might use these new potentials in innovative ways to engage contemporary audiences.
You will be encouraged to develop fluency across the whole range of lens-based media, to create a strong individual visual language and an original subjective vision, and to employ your developing fluency and skills to create ambitious and distinctive new approaches to both cinema and photography.
We seek students who recognise that the future of lens-based images lies in the proliferation of new forms, working methods and delivery platforms: new forms of cinematic narrative, inter-active visual media, photographic and cinematic gallery installation, cross-media narrative, database film technologies, site-specific projection projects, and many more hybrid forms that loop together both digital and analogue techniques.
If you wish to develop a critical and creative practice within the expanding field of lens-based media, this Masters programme will be a stimulating environment for your research and studio practice.
The course is taught by staff with international reputations in their respective fields: course Leader Simon Pummell is a BAFTA winning filmmaker currently completing his fourth feature film; MIT Media Lab graduate Michael Murtaugh is a pioneer of the online video “active archives” project which he presented at Documenta 13; Aymeric Mansoux is a multi-awarded artist and media researcher; Steve Rushton is a curator, writer and editor for a range of projects with artists such as Rod Dickinson and Thomson & Craighead; Annet Dekker is an independent curator/ researcher; Barend Onneweer runs the film VFX company R3MWERK; André Castro is a media artist and technical teacher.
Please see Staff and Tutors for a full profile of all our core tutors.
In addition to the staff tutors, we invite a wide range of international practitioners and theorists as guest lecturers and tutors. Previous guests have included Femke Snelting, the international media artists Thomson & Craighead and Cannes Palm d’Or winning producer Keith Griffiths.
For an overview of current courses and the work that’s being developed within the department, please refer to our wiki. Functioning as an ever-changing and growing archive, we use it as a teaching tool where course descriptions are posted and students can sign up for tutorials, but also as an online workspace where students keep an active log here of their research, projects and thesis progress.