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Winchester School of Art

Photography Summer School

Jonathon He

Please note: Booking has closed for the WSA Summer Schools 2017. Please check back for information on our future courses, as information becomes available.


This summer course is practice-based and emphasises the research and development of a personal project. Over two weeks students will be guided to explore their idea and progress towards a possible outcome, from exhibitions to books or editorial publication.

Through workshops, lectures on contemporary photography, group critiques, research, and introduction to a range of photographic techniques, students will be presented with the critical debates and aesthetic issues within the medium.

They will be shown how to research and develop a project conceptually as well as practically, and how to present and promote to an outside audience. The planned visit to London will be the opportunity to visit exceptional photography exhibitions and discuss where their work fits into contemporary photography practice.

The course is aimed not only at those new to the subject, but also at photographers who want to develop their practice critically and create meaningful visual projects. Students will be asked to come to the course with an idea to develop within any area of photography from photojournalism, fine art, commercial and editorial.

Through the course and final assessment, participants will achieve a deeper understanding of contemporary photography and the possible routes for their practice. The course is designed to help achieve greater direction in the image-making process, in order to build a coherent body of work.


This year’s Photography course will be taught by Magali Avezou. Magali studied Photography at Central Saint Martins and London College of Communication.

She established herself as an independent curator and founded the platform archipelago. Her curatorial projects include “Murmur,” on abstraction in photography;  “burning with pleasure,” a research project on artist books; "26 Caledonian Road," a site-specific exhibition commissioned by London College of Communication and "This is here," a performative exhibition at St Bartholomew Church in London.

She is a visiting lecturer at Southampton University (UK) and IED Milan (Italy) and a contributor for Yet Magazine and Photomonitor. She also collaborates with The Sproxton Award, Vienna Photobook Festival, and The Camberwell Book Art MA. In August 2016, she was invited as curator in residence by Das Weisse Haus in Vienna (Austria).


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Information for International Students

International students will be staying in our own purpose-built, student accommodation on a self-catering basis, although we include meal vouchers for breakfast and lunch at the WSA café on tuition days. While in the UK you will see the places and sights which helped to shape British history and culture, which will provide inspiration for your Photography or Games Design and Art projects.

At Winchester School of Art you will learn self-confidence, teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills, as well as a experiencing academic life. If you are considering full-time study, we are confident that the Summer School will help you to decide that Winchester School of Art is the right choice for you and give you a strong basis from which to apply.

From these tutors international students will gain first-hand experience of teaching methods in the United Kingdom and learn how to apply research in order to build a stronger and more creative portfolio of work. As a Summer School student you will also have access to the Winchester School of Art library which boasts an extensive art and design collection.

Any questions or enquiries about the Summer School should be directed to Craig Wadman via

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