Women and Photography

Ref: C2342761

Do women *see* the world differently from men!? Women & Photography is an exciting opportunity to participate in a course that covers both an exploration of ways that women have used photography to portray the world from a woman's point of view and how the photos we take will reflect our perspectives and the way we 'see', experience or make sense of our everyday lives. Our discussions will also draw on our personal 'snaps', photos or relevant images found in magazines etc., to consider the wider issues of how images affect our lives and how we could counter negative impact with other ways of seeing. In each session there will be short photographic expeditions outside of the classroom, with the aim to build confidence in capturing and showing how we see and experience our lives. At the end of the course we'll organise an exhibition of work that relates to any issue or interests you wish to highlight, or just to be stunning!

Course aim

The aims of the course are to actively explore what happens when women are behind the camera lens, not in front of it. We'll look at the ways women have portrayed the world they see, discuss our own perspectives and get out to take some great photos.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand how photography by women has the power to make a difference to women's lives -and give examples eg from the media Explore how the way we see the world(our perspective and experiences of life) can be reflected in the photos we and others take
  • Discuss how the lack of equality for women as photographers, means that the world (objects, persons and situations including women) are mostly represented from a male point of view and why this matters
  • Develop your confidence to take the photos you want to take - as your way of seeing and that what you see is important
  • Draw on your learning to use photography in a variety of ways - eg creative projects, communication of ideas
  • Draw on your understanding of images and approaches to photographs taken by women, to develop your insights and for social action

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • The course will involve outings for practical photographic activities relating to the students' own perspectives

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be useful to have access to some kind of camera- a phone camera will be fine - though we can lend cameras during class time.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • it could be useful to make/ keep a note of items about any aspect of photography - especially those that relate to gender, women's lives etc, that you might come across eg in articles in newspapers, magazines etc or on the radio /TV shows, news, soaps, internet forums

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Women and Photography

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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