This MA course approaches photography as an expanded visual discipline. You are encouraged to produce professional work as well as engage with experimental and speculative approaches to making.
Our facilities and course ethos help you develop flexible modes of practice that respond to the diverse field of contemporary photography.
The course addresses the creative process of developing & realising a major body of work, paying attention to research, exhibition & publication.
The Course Leader would be happy to discuss any questions you have about the course. Face-to-face appointments and Skype chats can be arranged to help you you explore your area of interest in detail.
This course offers a considered balance of support that develops practical skills and fosters a high standard of diverse critical approaches.
Your studies will be supported by internationally renowned staff in a department that encourages experimentation. This balance enables you to establish yourself as a rounded professional who can formulate ideas in a sophisticated framework whilst also being able to communicate to others, both visually and verbally. Strong emphasis is placed on publication, enabling you to find creative ways to disseminate your work beyond the academic context and into the public arena.
For details of the teaching staff on this course please see the staff profiles.
How this course is taught
You are taught through a series of lectures, one-to-one tutorials, group tutorials, specialist seminars, visiting lecturers and technical workshops. Presentations of your work in progress is a crucial part of learning on this course and happens throughout the year as group critiques and through an annual interim exhibition which is open to the public.
Full-time students have scheduled teaching and/or activities for up to two days a week and have access to workshops and studios for a further three days as agreed with their subject specialist tutor.
Part-time students have scheduled teaching and/or activities for up to two days a week and have access to workshops and studios for a further day as agreed with their subject specialist tutor.
All students have access to the library resources as per published opening hours.
How this course is assessed
You are assessed throughout the course on your practical work, written essays and presentations. Your final project is submitted as a portfolio (or equivalent) and exhibition, supplemented by a critical paper describing your work trajectory throughout the course. You also submit a publication folder that demonstrates creative strategies for the dissemination of your project.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
If your first language is not English a certificate is required as evidence that you have an average IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. If you are applying as an international student from a country outside the EU and require a visa to study in the UK, you will also need a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component.
You may be offered a place on a course on the condition that you improve your English language and study skills. We offer pre-sessional English language courses which can improve your IELTS score by a maximum of 1.0 and 0.5, or equivalent.
For further information on our English language requirements click here.
For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information 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 have applied.
No work experience is required.
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As a specialist institution, the University for the Creative Arts gives you plenty of opportunity to be completely immersed in your chosen subject area. We offer a range of courses in art, architecture, communications, design and media across five campuses in the South East of England.