Last week, I was invited by the University of Huddersfield where I did my BA in Photography to check out the Barbara Hepworth Building designed by Architects: AHR/Construction contractors: Morgan Sindall. An amazing space with brand new equipment and facilities, it made me think about going back to do my Masters, the photography facilities are incredible, as well as the rest of the courses.
One of the things that I noticed right away is that the majority of the Schools facilities centre around the main atrium on the upper ground floor space feels open and welcoming. It makes communication and mixing with other course mates a lot easier. Which is something I have always encouraged, working and collaborating with students from different artistic fields, it broadens your network once you graduate and it expands your work to different practices. There is a mix of Macs and PCs around the building, so if you prefer one or another there is a choice.
The studios span two floors with a large multifunctional atrium space rising through them from floor one. There are also movable walls which allow for studios to be entirely configurable, amazing for expansion and contraction of spaces and enable the delivery of small seminar and group work, together with larger group talks. The multifunctional atrium space is central to the building and has been designed with all of the school's activities in mind. Exhibitions, guest lectures, conferences, and fashion/costume shows can all be hosts in this space. The open plan nature of the building and comprehensive AV backbone (which can be broadcast throughout the building) invites students to engage with events happening in the atrium from all around the building.
Apart from the photography studios which I will be showing to at the end, the Phidias lab was one of the spaces that shocked me, is a specialist visualisation lab allowing students to prototype their designs in virtual reality. State of the art Barco F90 UHD projectors brings students designs to life across a 3-faced virtual reality, wide immersive environment, allowing you to take a virtual tour of a building, examine product designs in close up, or experiment with abstract and conceptual feelings of immersion. Positioned adjacent to the F90 Cave is a 16 camera motion tracking system allowing animators, fashion designers, and costume designers to capture the subtle movements of the human figure which can then be manipulated and embedded into film and video.
And now, to my favourite part, the photography studios! There are six brand new photography studios equipped with Protofo Lights, all movable from the ceiling with a broad selection of soft-boxes and attachments. In terms of camera equipment, there are many digital DSLRs, medium format cameras such as Mamiya’s with the digital back and now they have two Phase Ones!! Available to use and experiment with. And, a little more exciting, they have a darkroom in a big room with another studio. There is also a room only for photography students within the studios, open for editing and working on the image after shooting.
I will be using the studios in a few weeks and I can’t wait, keep an eye for Open days and if you want to ask for any information contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
I hope you are having a good day and that this was fun to read!