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  • Objectives
    MA Photography has been designed to give students the opportunity to develop a creative photographic practice and career by enhancing their skills and increasing their knowledge. The course explores the changing nature of contemporary photographic images and practices. It is particularly suitable for those who use photography as documentary, in an art practice, for fashion, etc. The course also supports study in areas of photographic practice that are historically associated with other European countries, such as constructed or imaginative photography.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Prospective applicants should be (or about to become) graduates of a British university or equivalent institute of Higher Education. Preference will be given to good honours graduates although exceptional applicants from a non-academic background will also be considered. If applying for a design specialisation, you are also required to show a professional portfolio of work. You will need a good honours degree (2.2 minimum) in a relevant art and design subject or relevant experience, supported by a suitable portfolio of work or evidence of publication. Applications will be considered from non-art and design related subject areas. Competence in written and spoken English is essential. Overseas applicants are expected to have a score of either IELTS 6, TOEFL 540, CBTOEFL 207 or IBTOEFL 76 unless their undergraduate course of study was undertaken in English. There is an opportunity for overseas students to enrol on the ten week Language and Culture Bridging course at the end of June, providing they have secured a place on an MA course the following September. This will allow for a higher score to be achieved and for students to have art and design specialist tutorials in preparation for Masters study.
  • Academic Title
    MA Photography
  • Course description
    Course content
    Students will create appropriately contextualised, new photographic work. The programme of studies will support them in acquiring relevant knowledge, understanding and skills via a learning agreement. Lectures and seminars will consider photographic practices in terms of image, culture and technology. Students can work with other MA study programmes, such as Graphic Design, Fashion or Fine Art, when it benefits their individual projects.

    Assessment is by coursework at the end of each stage, culminating in the exposition of your work towards the end of the programme.

    Resources and facilities
    The MA is hosted by the School of Art and Design, giving students access to a range of excellent dedicated facilities within the School, ranging from traditional media through to industry-standard digital technology centres. Facilities are supervised by skilled technical personnel.

    How do you study?
    The course lectures and seminars are delivered by university tutors, invited designers, artists and other visiting professionals. Students will receive individual and group tutorials as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary working and regular peer-review presentations.

    You will receive support through your studies from our excellent teaching staff and have email contact with your tutors as well as access to lecture notes and reading material via the University’s Virtual Learning Portal.

    The School of Art and Design has developed excellent links with the design industry. The visiting lecturer programme will put students in touch with design professionals and, most importantly, assist them in making contacts in the industry.

    Recent graduates have set up their own photographic businesses, progressed on to further postgraduate study, or secured employment as photographic consultants in studios or galleries, and in product, fashion and commercial photography. Others have gained prominent positions in picture research, publishing, editorial photography, journalism, curation, advertising, and film and television production.

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