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  • Objectives
    Postgraduate study enables students to develop bodies of work that can be commercially exploited through galleries and publishing. Our graduates have successfully entered careers in teaching, curatorial practice and arts administration. Lottery money has improved employment prospects in the arts and media industries where photography holds an important position. The programme content also hones students' skills in analysis and criticism that are invaluable in professions like publishing, broadcasting, journalism, public relations and related areas.
  • Entry requirements
    For newly-qualified or existing practitioners who wish to study further the most influential art form of the last 160 years
  • Academic Title
    MA/PGDip Photography
  • Course description
    Programme

    Those interested in pursuing doctoral research benefit from the demands placed on them by the taught and self-managed components of the programme.

    The course team includes Paul Hill, Mike Simmons, Greg Lucas, Michael Hiley and Roger Taylor, internationally known photographic image-makers and authors, who draw on their photographic practice and research.

    Full-time pathway

    Semester 1

    -Practical Perspectives
    -Research Methods
    -Applied Photo Theory
    -Context and Analysis

    Semester 2
    -Negotiated Photographic Assignment (Portfolio)
    -Negotiated Photographic Assignment (Report)
    -Major Project (Portfolio)
    -Major Project (Critical Commentary)

    Summer Semester
    -Major Project (Final Phase)

    Part-time pathway

    Year 1

    -Research Methods
    -Context and Analysis
    -Practical Perspectives
    -Applied Photo Theory

    Year 2
    -Negotiated Photographic Assignment (Portfolio)
    -Negotiated Photographic Assignment (Report)
    -Major Project (Portfolio)
    -Major Project (Critical Commentary)

    Full-time students attend taught sessions twice a week in Semester 1, less frequent taught and contact sessions in Semester 2 and occasional contact sessions in the Summer Semester.

    Part-time students attend weekly taught sessions in Year 1 and less frequent sessions in Year 2. These run consecutively in the afternoon and early evening. They normally take place on the same days each week and consist of interactive lectures, seminars, critiques, tutorials, independent research, and talks by visiting photographers, artists, curators, publishers and critics.

    There will be assessments at the end of each semester and a pass grade for each module must be achieved to proceed through the course. To successfully gain an MA students produce three portfolios of images, two analytical essays of 2000-3000 words, two seminars, one report of 1500 words and one written critical commentary of 5000 - 7000 words. The culmination of the MA is the Major Project which has the largest weighting.

    MA Photography
    students benefit from excellent modern darkroom and computer facilities, and an ever expanding archive collection of video recorded guest lectures. These include photographers and curators such as: Victor Burgin, Charlotte Cotton, Keith Arnatt, John Blakemore, Sharon Kivland, Roshini Kampadoo, John Kippin, Clive Landen, Dewi Lewis, Audrey Linkman, Mari Mahr, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Paul Seawright, Patrick Sutherland, Jem Southam, Emma Dexter, Ian Walker, Valerie Williams, and many more.

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