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Teaching Staff

Specialist guest lecturers and tutors (as practitioners themselves) support students’ business planning as a creative entrepreneur.

Creative thinking and innovation are at the core of the MA philosophy and you will engage with students from across the postgraduate community to share opportunities and debate contemporary issues.

Your curriculum will include professional guest speakers, industry focused projects, collaborations and study visits. These complement the core studio, workshop and taught sessions on research methods, theoretical approaches and business and professional skills.

Your tutors, as practitioners themselves, will support you in promoting your work within the creative sector. From our campus in the heart of Norwich’s cultural quarter you will have access to industry standard resources and exceptional facilities.

Portrait of James Cant

MA Photography Subject Leader/MA Core Tutor

James Cant

James works part-time across both the MA and BA in Photography. He has been a professional photographer since 1995 producing national and international campaigns for some of the UK’s top advertising agencies. His portraits have appeared in numerous UK and overseas magazine titles. His work has been shown by the Photographers Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery as well as being widely exhibited elsewhere in the UK and abroad. In 2009 he graduated from LCC with an MA in photography. James’ commercial practice includes working with Esquire, Empire, The Times, The Sunday Times and You magazine. His work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and The Photographers Gallery. Read James’s staff profile.


Dean of Arts and Media

Professor Richard Sawdon Smith

Professor Richard Sawdon Smith is an internationally exhibiting and award-winning photographer. He is a former winner of the John Kobal/National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Award, a Board Member of The bookRoom Press & Archive, on the Editorial Panel of the Journal of Photography & Culture, a member of the Visual AIDS Archive, and Co-editor of Langford’s Basic Photography and The Book is A Live!. His photographs and writing are widely published.

His main research fields and specialisms cover photographic self-portraiture; artists representations of their own diseased or damaged body exploring issues of ill health, identity and subjectivity, sexuality and classification; the AIDS body; photographic archives and tattooing; and the artist/photographic book. Professor Sawdon Smith leads NUA’s research theme Human Interfaces. Read Professor Richard Sawdon Smith’s staff profile

Portrait of James Smith

MA Photography Unit Tutor

James Smith

James Smith is a Unit Leader on MA Photography and is Course Leader of BA Photography at NUA. He comes from a commercial photographic background that includes industrial photography, editorial content for the specialist rock climbing market and work for design agencies. Work undertaken for these companies has involved producing images for literature to promote clients ranging from youth development initiatives to business lawyers. He has held the position of the British Mountaineering Councils official photographer, covering events such as the finals of the World Climbing Championship in Birmingham. James’s research has focussed on the implementation of Governmental education policy and the relationship between the photographic industry and education. Contexts for James’ professional practice include advertising and editorial photography for a range of commercial clients. He is currently involved in research using situational analysis to access pedagogic practice. Read James’s Staff profile.

Visiting Professor in Photography

Andy Earl

With career credits that include over 25 magazine covers, 120 album covers and countless portraits for the likes of Prince, Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams and Madonna, plus commercial commissions for companies such as Canon, Deutsche Bank and the BBC, Andy Earl has achieved renown in his field.

Staff Profiles


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