Our MA Photography course approaches photography as an expanded visual discipline. You'll be encouraged to confidently produce complex and extended photographic projects and engage with experimental and speculative approaches to making.

We offer a dynamic and exciting environment for studying the critical theory of photography, engaging with practices of reading and writing about the image. Our MA Photography course also pays close attention to the dissemination, exhibition and publication of photographic work.

We provide specialist digital and analogue facilities for large-format colour and black-and-white exhibition prints.

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Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts:

September 2018

Campus:

UCA Rochester

Course overview:

Our course offers a balance of support that develops practical skills and fosters a high standard of diverse critical approaches. You'll take risks, explore and develop your interest, and exchange, debate and discuss ideas. You'll also respond to the diverse field of contemporary photography and explore practices of representation that engage with the still and moving image, as well as performance and installation.

Your studies will be supported by a number of internationally renowned staff in a department that encourages experimentation. Enabling you to establish yourself as a rounded professional who can formulate ideas in a sophisticated framework whilst also communicating with others, both visually and verbally.

We place a strong emphasis on publication, empowering you to find creative ways to disseminate your work beyond the academic context and into the public arena.

Course content - 2018 entry

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Contemporary Debates and Creative Enquiry

    This unit introduces you to a range of research methods and tools appropriate to an advanced level of study in creative disciplines, as well as outlining key issues and debates in contemporary visual and material culture. It is designed to enable the use of advanced study skills to prepare students for the development of your MA project.

  • Exploratory Practice

    This unit is concerned with the exploration of creative practice in order to inform the detailed development of your project proposal. The unit provides a structured framework to allow you to investigate the potential of methods, ideas and themes in your discipline.

During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Innovation and Development

    In this unit, you'll begin to develop your MA project over a sustained period of self-directed study as you begin to work more independently as a researcher and practitioner. Within this development stage of the course, you are expected to deepen and extend the critical understanding and articulation of your research. You are encouraged to challenge the relationships between photography, technology and representation, exploring the latest developments both theoretical as well as practical in photography, fine art and the wider media culture.

In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Resolution and Presentation

    In this unit, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research in the Innovation and Development unit to undertake the resolution and finalisation of your final body of work. In this final part of the course, you'll combine an ability to define and produce a form of completed work as well as locate their project within a professional context. You are encouraged to develop the final production of your work in the form that is most relevant to the work: for example, an exhibition, a book dummy, website, a performance or dynamic time-based work.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

Facilities

Our range of equipment and technical support enables specialist and professional-grade work, whilst also encouraging experimental and speculative approaches to making.

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International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

Our MA Photography course enjoys extensive links with a number of photographic, media and fine art professionals, curators, publishers, specialist printers and book designers. These connections enrich your experience through visiting lecturer and seminar programmes.

In the last three years, speakers on the course have included photographers and other creative practitioners such as:

  • Ori Gersht
  • Zed Nelson
  • Sarah Pickering
  • Eva Stenram
  • Katja Mayer
  • Chiacomo Brunnelli
  • Chris Coekin
  • Harry Borden
  • Jim Mortram.

 

Additionally, creative professionals and industry links for our course include:

  • Benedict Burbridge, editor of Photoworks
  • Stuart Smith, book designer at Smith-Design
  • Karen McQuaid, senior curator of The Photographer's Gallery
  • Jennifer Thatcher, art critic for Art Monthly and Art review
  • Jean Wainwright, curator and art critic for Art Newspaper and Tate Audio Arts
  • Terry King, specialist printer
  • Emily Pethick, director The Showroom
  • Robert Shore, writer and editor of Elephant Magazine
  • Edward Dorrian, organiser of Five Years
  • Aron Mörel, independent book publisher
  • Bruno Ceschel, independent publisher ‘Self Publish Be Happy’
  • Nick Clements, photographer and publisher of Men’s File Magazine
  • Fred Mann, gallerist.

Our postgraduate degree prepares you for your career through professional practice units, talks by visiting artists and portfolio reviews with figures from across the photographic industry. Career opportunities include:

  • Freelance photography
  • Fine art
  • Fashion
  • Advertising and editorial
  • Post production/digital imaging
  • Picture editing and research
  • Curating
  • Image, arts and community arts management
  • Gallery administration.

Graduates of MA Photography have gone on to win the Jerwood Photography prize; to exhibit their work in The Photographers' Gallery, Photofusion, ArtSway and the Geffyre Museum as well as publishing their outputs in different venues ranging from The Sunday Times Magazine to monographs with Dewi Lewis Publishing.

We also encourage you to apply to national and international competitions and residencies. Recent graduates have met with success at the PhotoforumPasquArt in Switzerland and Emergent Lleida, Spain. Alumni have also gone on to study for PhDs and to teach in many different national and international institutions at a range of levels.

Our course provides an excellent platform for you to connect with your subject, or to further your teaching career at an advanced level. It also helps prepare you for progression to an MPhil or PhD.

How to apply - 2018 entry

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Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Your portfolio

We'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio, and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included, will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

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