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The Still & Moving Image:
Image Society Nature

A one-year, part-time postgraduate course in the heart of Margate

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Using experimentation and exploration to develop your practice, this course is supported by both practical and theoretical sessions within The Margate School, the local environment and the wider community.

Each cohort is capped at 15 places so that we can provide a very low student to tutor ratio, a high level of one-to-one time and encourage whole group collaboration. 

**This course operates at postgraduate level but a degree is not required if the candidate can demonstrate sufficient experience and practice in a relevant field.

* This course runs subject to recruiting the minimum number of students each academic year.

Term Dates

October 2023 to June 2024

Deadline To Apply

Applications Are Open

Interview Dates

TBC Applications Are Open

The course consists of practical modules, which will work in conjunction with contextual lectures and seminars. Students will receive regular one to one tutorials alongside guest talks, course trips, sessions in the local environment, and technical workshops.

The first half of the course will be about experimentation, exploring new ways of developing your practice, while the second half will focus more on project development and portfolio/exhibition preparation.

Teaching will take place on Thursday each week. The majority of teaching will be at The Margate School.


Teaching methods include:


  • Technical workshops (including software training)

  • Seminars and group critiques

  • One to One tutorials 

  • Collaborative work

  • Independent Research

  • Guest lectures

  • Study Trips (local and further afield)

All modules will be supported by both practical and theoretical sessions within the school and the local environment/community.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to apply to ‘live’ projects and competitions within the local area and further afield. This will help locate your research within a professional context and communicate your ideas both to specialist and non-specialist audiences: other photographic artists and researchers, funding bodies, creative organisations and the general public.



What is Photography?

Past, present & future

This opening module explores the transitory nature of photography. Technological and societal transformations are constantly reworking our understanding of both contemporary and archival imagery. Through research and experimentation within the local area of Margate, students will be encouraged to reflect on photograph’s historical, theoretical, and ethical shifts in perspective.



Still | Moving

Building on the previous module, these sessions explore what happens when the still image is set in motion. The complex relationship between these two states can open up a wealth of creative research possibilities. Students will work with a range of techniques including - animation, stop-frame, long/multiple exposure, video, sound, and software such as Adobe Premiere and After Effects.



A Wider Frame

This module encourages students to consider the interconnected relationship between still and moving imagery and other forms of expression, including cinema, sound, the written word, fine art, digital platforms and gallery installations. Developing a broader understanding of how media intersect and influence each other in the 21st Century will expand the range and possibilities of your practice.



Communicating Through Imagery

The focus of this module is to enhance the ability of your practice to communicate and connect with differing cultures and groups within the Margate community. You will be introduced to a range of fundamental themes and topics, such as narrative and collaboration, with the aim to develop a contextually informed practice that is embedded within, yet also able to communicate beyond your local community.



Project Resolution

Within this module you will consolidate your imagery into a cohesive body of work that is ready to engage with an audience. You will be encouraged to consider the editing and layout of your still or moving images, how text and font choices can help bring work together, and methods for printing, mounting or projecting work.  

Students can develop their work in the most appropriate format: for example: an exhibition, a book, website, performance, social media, or video. Collaboration at this stage, amongst the students and the wider community will be encouraged.



Publishing | Exhibiting | Curating

In this final module you will be encouraged to develop techniques that enhance the distribution and dissemination of your work. Thinking as a publisher will allow you to consider potential audiences and distribution channels, such as: social media, websites, self-publishing, crowdsourcing and gallery exhibition.

* This course runs subject to recruiting the minimum number of students each academic year.

Term Dates

October 2023 to June 2024

Deadline To Apply

Applications Are Open

Interview Dates

TBC Applications Are Open


Course Facilities

Equipment and Software including

  • Video camera

  • Adobe suite

  • DSLR cameras

Students will need

  • Laptop

  • DSLR (if possible)


Entry Requirements

The course operates at postgraduate level but a degree is not required if the candidate can demonstrate sufficient experience and practice in a relevant field. This academic and professional background does not need to be directly related to the field of sound but some evidence of a sound-led work in applicants practice would be welcome, as well as experience using basic sound recording, editing and playback tools. Candidates would need to submit an application, CV and attend an interview if selected.


Course Fees

The price for one-year The Still & Moving Image: Image Society Nature course is £4,000 per annum.

Students will get discounts to The Margate School's programme of workshops, events and facilities.


Why study with us?

  • Ideal course to build your portfolio or network

  • The schedule allows you to work part time alongside study

  • Small student numbers means more individual attention

  • Outstanding roster of visiting professionals

  • Stunning location, a stones throw from the beach

  • Promotes sustainable practice 

  • A pioneering liberal art school

Dr Jason Dee

Course Coordinator

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Jason Dee is a Kent-based artist and academic. His installation work focuses on the relationship between still and moving imagery within the context of the shift from analogue to digital media. He has undertaken residencies and presented papers both nationally and internationally, and his work has been exhibited at venues including FOMU (Antwerp) Talbot Rice (Edinburgh), Pompidou Centre (Paris) Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Akademie der Kunste (Berlin) Dean Gallery (Scottish National Galleries, Edinburgh) and Arnolfini (Bristol).

His installation work has been shown at a variety of film and photography festivals including: Format Festival (Derby), Rencontres Internationales (Paris), Transmediale (Berlin), Impakt (Utrecht), IFFR (Rotterdam International Film Festival), Berwick Film Festival.

Jason has many years of experience teaching in Higher Education, including Glasgow School of Art, Newcastle University and 10 years at UCA Rochester, where he was course leader for MA Photography and MA Fashion Photography. Jason completed a practice-led PhD at Newcastle University, which focused on the shifting perceptual parameters created by the transfer of 20th Century audio-visual recordings to 21st Century media.

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Edward Thompson

Course Coordinator

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Edward Thompson (B. 1980, Wales) is a British documentary photographer. His photographic work has focused on various subjects over the years covering environmental issues, socio-political movements, subcultures, everyday life and the consequences of war. 

His documentary photo-essays have been published in international magazines including National Geographic Magazine, Newsweek Japan, Greenpeace Magazine, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, BBC, CNN and The Sunday Times Magazine. His work has been exhibited at Christies, Somerset House and Four Corners Gallery (London) and shown as part of photography festivals in Arles (France), Tampere (Finland), Zingst (Germany) & London (U.K) 

He has lectured on photography at the V&A Museum, The Photographers Gallery, The Bishopsgate Institute, L.C.C, The University of Falmouth, The University of Northampton, The University of East London and UCA Rochester. He’s spoken regularly about photography on television, radio and online, including on Al Jazeera News and the BBC World Service. 

In 2023 he self-published the photography book When In The Lone Star State. In 2022 he self-published the photography book In-A-Gadda-Da-England. In 2016 he published The Unseen: An Atlas of Infrared Plates with Schilt Publishing. In 2012 he self-published Occupy London. You can see these photo books in the collections and archives of the V&A Museum, The Bishopsgate Institute, The Museum of London and The British Library

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Term Dates

October 2023 to June 2024

Deadline To Apply

Applications Are Open

Interview Dates

TBC Applications Are Open