How do different places make us feel and behave?

What is psychogeography?

Psychogeography is both a way of moving through an environment; and a framework for creative practice. You can explore the possibilities of navigating place and occupying space. Your own creative work will drive your understanding of the concepts of psychogeography, whether poetic, political, or absurd. You might traverse urban spaces, domestic sites, histories, sites, edgelands and margins, online, offline, 2d and 3d, and more.

Who is this short course for?

You might be a recent graduate or an artist whose work has a focus on place. Perhaps you’re looking to learn more about psychogeography and enter into a broader discussion. Whatever your reasons, you don’t need previous knowledge, just a ready desire to uncover the secrets of your place. This course will bring together and foster dialogue and shared learning in a supportive online learning environment.

What will I be studying?

This short course will explore key theories and methods surrounding psychogeography. Through a variety of exercises you’ll  ask questions of place. We will introduce ideas around memory, history, voices and narratives that emerge from places and the way they make us feel or behave.

You’ll engage in material approaches, including photography, writing, drawing, and walking as a method of investigation. You can apply the course to any creative form. 

Guided by Gina Lundy, Andrew Conroy, Doug Burton, Dan Robinson, and Suzannah Evans you will learn about psychogeography and place through your interaction with OCA Learn, our virtual learning environment. Throughout the course you’ll engage with peers, to discuss your own approaches and share ideas.

How can we investigate and respond to place?

This short course enables your participation with fellow students from all over the world. At the end of this short course, you will have the opportunity to share and promote your practice and research. You’ll reflect and document your psychogeographic journey and experience using accessible digital tools to use on the go and back at home. At the end of the course you’ll join a wider community of psychogeographic explorers.

Accessible from any level, you don’t need qualifications or knowledge to study and is fully accessible to those learning from a distance. This course is Continuous Professional Development accredited, for you to acquire new skills for your work and life.

If you are an artist, student, or have an interest in psychogeography from any background and want to explore the approach psychogeography can offer, this course is for you.

Short Course Descriptor

Supported by RPS

Hear from Dan Robinson, one of the course tutors, as he explains what the course is about:

What is Investigating Place?

Course Start Dates, Requirements and Fees
Over 10 weeks, you will undertake a variety of tasks which range from visual research, photographic practice and academic writing skills. Your course will include video lectures, case studies, shared reflections, reading material, individual feedback, online group sessions and independent working.
  • Spring 2024 Intake

    Start Date 19th February 2024
    Duration: 10 weeks
    Access to Apply: 5th February 2024
    Deadline to apply: 17th January 2023

    Students will have a two-week cancellation period from 5th February 2024 for a full refund by submitting a cancellation form to No refund is payable after the 14-day cancellation period has lapsed.


    Summer 2024 Intake

    Start Date 17th June 2024
    Duration: 10 weeks
    Deadline to Apply: 15th May 2024
    Access to course: 3rd June 2024

    Students will have a two-week cancellation period from 3rd June 2024 for a full refund by submitting a cancellation form to No refund is payable after the 14-day cancellation period has lapsed.

    • 10 study hours available to dedicate per week
    • Access to desktop/laptop computer with internet access
    • Must be 18 years of age at the time of submitting the enrolment
    • IT literate and comfortable using web-based technologies
    • For students whose first language is not English, you must evidence English Language proficiency equivalent to B1 of Common European Framework of Reference.
  • The course fee is £335 and must be paid in full prior to beginning of the course.

  • Investigating Place with Psychogeography can be completed through an exploration of your outdoor environment, at home or a combination of the two. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK and other Governments may have restrictions in place around essential travel, accessing outdoor spaces, and social distancing. To ensure the safety of yourself and others, all current guidance should be followed.

  • The course will be delivered online through OCA Learn. The vast majority of content for the short course is accessible from anywhere in the world as long as you have access to the internet. The majority of the learning materials for the course are original and have been commissioned specially for it. Any videos that are subject to rights restriction for the UK, will not impact on your learning on the course.