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  • Locations: Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 04/01/2019 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Photography in England: Historical & Contemporary Practices
Old Camera England

May 8 - 27, 2018

Information Session - Feb. 14 at 3 pm in Meeman 120
Program Information: Travel to England this summer and see the country through a different lens. You'll discover the history of photography and examine how photography impacted how we see culture and historical events.  The question arose as to whether people should make the camera “see” as human eyes see the world, or whether people should allow the camera to “see” the world in its own particular way.  In this course, students will travel to various towns and historically significant sites throughout England, which will provide valuable insights into the heritage, culture and artistic aesthetic of the photographic medium.
Based at the University of Kent and taught by UofM Faculty member Prof. David Horan, this independent study class in photography will be an opportunity to further expand understanding of digital photographic techniques through a project-driven and conceptually significant integration of early photographic landscape and portraiture aesthetics with a contemporary medium.  Students will be studying specific works of photographic art by such photographers and W.H.F. Talbot, Peter Henry Emerson, and Henry Peach Robinson, Frederick Evans, Julia Margaret Cameron and Francis Frith in London, Bath and elsewhere, and then re-interpret these works through the use of modern digital techniques.  The objective is to develop a new understanding of contemporary and historical art practices, and construct an aesthetic discussion between the two through the digital medium of photography.

Course Credit: This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and credit is earned through Credit By Exam (CBE) unless otherwise stated. Undergraduate students can earn 3 - 6 credit hours in ART 4621, 4622, or ARTH 4721. Graduate students will earn credit in ARTH 6721. Graduate students wishing to earn 6 credits will need to register for either ART 7330 or ART 7660 and pay full UofM tuition for that 2nd course -- these two graduate level ART courses are not available through CBE.

Required Equipment: All students must provide their own DSLR camera, laptop, and external hard drive. Computer lab and digital printing facilities and materials will be provided by the University of Kent.

Housing: Students will be housed in shared rooms at the University of Kent.

Program Fee Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
(subject to change)
  • $350 application fee
  • Housing
  • Inland transportation for required activities
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Site visits & excursions
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Meals (lunch & dinner)
  • Credit By Exam Fee ($60 for 3 credits; $120 for 6 credits)
  • Tuition (Graduate level 2nd course only)
  • Personal expenses
  • Int'l health insurance
  • Passport

Tentative Itinerary (tentative):

May 7: Depart Memphis
May 8: Arrive London and check into housing at the University of Kent in Canterbury.
May 9: Tour the University of Kent's digital facilities along with the local area.
May 10: Photography Canterbury Cathedral and surround landscape
May 11: Lab class and lecture
May 12: Day trip to London - visit the Tate Modern Museum of Art 
May 13: Day trip to London - visit the Victoria and Albert Museum
May 14: Lab class and lecture
May 15: Day trip to Dover
May 16: Lab class and lecture
May 17: First critique
May 18: Free Day
May 19: Day trip to Lacock Abbey, home of William Henry Fox Talbot
May 20: Day trip to London and Cambridge - visit the British Museum and Cambridge locations
May 21: Lab class and lecture
May 22: Photographing landscapes - Kent
May 23: Lab class
May 24: Second critique
May 25: Free Day
May 26: Free Day
May 27: Depart London

Faculty Leader: For more information, contact the faculty leader for this program, Prof. Horan at

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