The application deadline is Sunday 14th July 2019.  Applications after this date will be considered if spaces are available.  Candidates are advised to apply early by downloading and completing the online application form.  Successful applicants will be informed two weeks after submitting the form. Full payment should be received by the end of June to confirm participation. The organisers of the international Urban Photography Summer School reserve the right to cancel the course. In the event of such a cancellation enrolled Summer School participants will have their course fees fully reimbursed

Course fees


  • The fee for the Summer School for professionals/non-students is £1450
  • The reduced fee for students is  £950.
  • The reduced fee for London Independent Photography members is £950 (please add your membership number to the application form)
  • The reduced fee for members of the International Visual Sociology Association is £950
  • The fee for participation in the Pre-Sessional DSLR weekend workshop is £265.00

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Is there any scholarship available that I can apply to?

Currently we have no scholarship schemes available but you are strongly encouraged to apply to your own university/ institution for funding as several participants have successfully done previously.

Does the course fee cover housing/ meals?

The course fee covers only the academic program.


Goldsmiths accommodation office is able to provide a very reasonable rate depending on your budget and demands. Nevertheless we are also able to suggest alternative accommodation options for those attending the summer school.

Is there any discount for Goldsmiths students?

Yes there is. Current and in-rolling Goldsmiths students pay a reduced fee.

Do I need to be a professional photographer or a specialist in urban studies?

In order to apply you do not need to be a specialist in urban studies but you need to have good knowledge of working with cameras – in some cases summer school applicants are advised to take the pre-sessional practice workshop.

We welcome applicants from different disciplines as this facilitates the exchange of ideas, experiences and opinions, and feel this contributes to the intellectual and creative richness of the programme.

What time commitment is involved?

The Summer School has been designed as an intensive course running from Monday-Saturday from 9.00-17.00. There are some additional evening events, details of which are given in the programme on commencement of enrolment. Lectures are usually in the mornings. Some afternoons have been scheduled for assignments since participants are expected to integrate and question the visual images, ideas, research and theories discussed in class. There are also allocated times for individual and group tutorials. During both weeks we have organized visual project reviews and tutorials in such a way as to encourage the development of personal portfolios which reflect the individual interests of summer school participants.

When will I know if I am accepted?

You will be receive a notification of whether your Summer School application has been successful within two weeks from applying.

When submitting the portfolio of images, should all of them be relate to one project or is it possible to select different projects?

We advise participants to submit a sample based on one project rather than single images. Analogue or lomography is equally accepted. Please do not forget to submit the files as jpgs – 72 dpi will suffice – 900 px wide and no larger than 2 mb per file.

How do I submit images for my application?

You can attach the images when submitting your application form or send them via other online transfer methods: dropbox or

The iUPSS takes place every year?

Yes. The Summer School takes place every August and is now an established part of London’s photographic and visual urbanism provision.

Practical Information

Participants should bring their own laptops and cameras. Due to the duration of the course participants are advised to produce and edit their work digitally.

For those working with film a list of professional laboratories will be provided on commencement. Please ensure that all equipment is covered by insurance as the Summer School takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen whilst attending or traveling to the course.


There is a variety of accommodation open to participants. Goldsmiths University of London has student accommodation available to Summer School participants. Once accepted participants will be given the details of the College Accommodation Office. There are also local hotels located in nearby Greenwich (approx. 20 min by public transport) and the College has good accessibility to hotels located in Central London.

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