MA Photography

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Our MA Photography course attracts students from around the world. It develops an open and professional environment, supporting your independent learning, thinking and development of personal enquiry. 

Our degree 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 and the course engages with practices of reading and writing about the image, characterising our committed study at postgraduate level. MA Photography also pays attention to the dissemination of photographic work, exhibition and publication and houses specialist digital and analogue facilities for large-format colour and black-and-white exhibition prints.

Stage 1 – 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.
Context and method – This introduces you to a range of research methods and tools appropriate to an advanced level of study in creative disciplines. It also outlines key issues and debates in contemporary visual and material culture. Our unit’s designed to enable the use of advanced study skills to prepare you for the development of your MA project.
Exploratory practice – This unit’s 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.

Stage 2 – 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. 
Project development – You’ll begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study. At this stage of the course, the development of the project will be guided and questioned through tutorials, group critiques and presentations. This will support the progress of your work and provide rigorous critical appraisal from staff, fellow students and professional practitioners.

Stage 3 – In the third stage of the course, you’ll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.
Final development – You’ll apply the knowledge gained through your research into a final body of work. You’ll demonstrate the potential of your MA project, its subject and method, to generate creative work that embodies knowledge.


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