Wolverhampton School of Art

Photography graduate secures first job

A Photography student who recently finished his BA (Hons) Photography course has already found full-time work as a studio/in-house photographer for Cousins Furniture.

James Phillips, who will graduate in September with a First Class Honours Degree, credits his experience at the University of Wolverhampton with helping him to secure employment so soon.

"The course itself has helped me massively, not only to help build my confidence but also for my career path; particularly within the final year where the input from lecturers in the Creative Industries module helped me to research and outline a path of what I needed to do, in order to make my career a reality. 

"I would definitely recommend the course to potential students, not only for the input from photography staff, both lecturers and technicians, but also for the facilities. The photography department is great for the availability of 5 different areas in the photography studio to work from, as well as darkrooms for both colour and monochrome photography, as well as a Mac suite with latest software."

During his final year, James went above and beyond during the Creative Industries module to really make his dreams of becoming a professional photographer a reality.

"I started off by producing business cards, and I then went to a variety of independently ran restaurants, bistros etc., in towns or villages to hand them out.  Eventually I met up with a handful of potential clients where I was able to show them my printed portfolio and I was successful in securing several commissions of work.

"Clients I have produced work for include:

·       The Birmingham & Midland Institute (BMI), Birmingham

·       Peepo Pizza, Bridgnorth

·       Graze, Bridgnorth

·       Bamboo Wine Bar & Bistro, Bridgnorth 

·       Luscious Dessert Lounge, Wolverhampton 

·       Grand Station, Wolverhampton

‌"My main success was for a popular dessert restaurant called the Little Dessert Shop. For this establishment, I was asked to photograph the whole of their new menu as well as images for promotional use in both print and online purposes. These images have also been featured in Wolverhampton magazine, which is distributed to 18,500 homes each year.  As well as this, I have also produced photographs for their famous cookie dough product, which they have recently launched in Asda stores, in particular, 118 stores across the UK."

Congratulations to James, and good luck with the rest of your blossoming career!

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