Throughout the course you will work on projects designed to develop and extend your practice and skills. Critical theory modules contextualise the practice of photography and enable you to develop personal areas of research interest, extending and often transforming your own visual practice.
Image and Language and Uncommon Practices are practical modules that provide a tutored framework for your work, the former developing a specific practice, the latter introducing new practical and critical approaches to visual work.
The Text and the Body and Aesthetics and Rhetoric are lecture/seminar-based modules engaging in the fields of criticism and cultural theory relevant to the study of photography. The module Contemporary Debates, supported by distinguished guest speakers, develops the relationship between theory and practice and provides a pivotal focus for the later stages of your work. In theory modules you will write and be assessed on 3,000-word essays.
You will complete your study with a major body of visual work, a dissertation, or a theory/practice option.
Successful applicants typically have first degree courses in photography, fine art, art history, cultural and media studies, or a variety of professional experience. A lower class of degree may be accepted in exceptional circumstances, provided applicants can demonstrate their ability to meet the demands of the course. An interview is commonplace, a portfolio of practical work is essential, and evidence of written research skills may be requested
This highly successful photography course offers a dynamic and exciting environment for studying Independent practice and critical theory of photography at Masters level. You will develop a high level of expertise and scholarship in visual practice techniques and written research. The course explores the different relationships between photographic practice and photography theory In a flexible scheme. You will develop your practice in the context of thinking about photography as a broad social and historical phenomena in art, popular culture and global mass media. Students develop their own project work and graduate with a solid portfolio of work that shows awareness of the social, ethical and critical issues involved in photographic representation.
AESTHETICS AND RHETORIC
IMAGE AND LANGUAGE
THE TEXT AND THE BODY
The course prepares graduates for a range of career paths in the arts, media and photography. Many successful graduates work as artists/photographers and also develop careers in related work within the creative industries. Graduate opportunities range from picture agency work, curators and as innovators of independent projects. Many also pursue careers in lecturing and teaching of photography. Graduates have a high success in developing their research work at doctoral level and the MA also has a high reputation amongst potential employers within the sector.