Application deadline: You can apply throughout the year
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The course delivers a considered balance of support that develops practical skills and fosters a high standard of diverse critical approaches. This support is provided 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.

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.

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.

Key study topics include:

* Defining your research project through practical visual exploration, encountering a number of theoretical paradigms and learning different research methods.
* Experimenting with different approaches and developing your major project to a professional level supported by discussion, seminars and tutorials. This MA course covers practical and theoretical territory including: contemporary photography, photography as technology defined by social practice, the status of the photographic image in new media, the time of the photograph, the archive, documentary and story-telling, the portrait as a social scene, landscape as place and space, critiques of realism, the language of objectivity, photography as bearing witness, legacies of postmodernism; chance, appropriation, performance, tableau.
* Defining the specialist nature of your project whilst also becoming critically aware of the contexts and histories you work within.
* Realising your project, with support from a range of professionals who help you identify modes of dissemination and relevant audiences and arenas for publication.


Syllabus (11/12*)

Stage 1

* Research Methods for Creative Practice- concerned with the development of appropriate research methods for creative practice. You are introduced to a range of research and communication methods and tools appropriate to an advanced level of study in creative disciplines.
* Contemporary Issues in Visual & Material Culture- this unit presents and reviews key themes that have influenced thinking and practice in contemporary photography, design and fashion practice and continue to do so.
* Creative Practice (Photography) - your MA Project as research practice truly begins, your project takes shape and you develop as an independent researcher and practitioner.

Stage 2

* Project Development (Photography) - your MA project as research practice truly begins, your project takes shape and you develop as an independent researcher and practitioner.

Stage 3

* Project Realisation and Reflection (Photography)- you demonstrate the potential of your MA project, its subject and its method, to generate original and creative work that embodies knowledge. This process requires you to further develop appropriate technical and presentation skills and to understand your role in the production of meaning in your final work. You prepare a written critical paper which will reflect upon the specific practical outcome of the MA project, its interpretation and its success as a demonstration of creative/research method.
* Project publication and dissemination - you prepare the results of your design/visual practice in fully realised form. Applying gained knowledge directly to the production of your work in a form suitable for 'publication' as well as making professional contacts and taking part in actual negotiations to identify an appropriate context for your work and make its appearance in this form a reality.

For further information please view the full programme specification

* Please note the syllabus content is for the academic year indicated and is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.


Entry requirements

* A good Honours degree (normally 2:1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline, and/or;
* Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English a certificate is required as evidence that you have an average IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component) or equivalent.

You may be offered a place on a course on the condition that you improve your English language and study skills. We offer two pre-sessional English language courses which can improve your IELTS score by a maximum of 1.0 and 0.5, or equivalent.


Include recent work that best demonstrates your core interests. Experience is desirable but we also look for applicants who are ready to question their concept of photography and to push their work in conceptual and technical arenas. You should apply with a project in mind and include an outline of your idea and supporting documentation.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) 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.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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