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Photography MA

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Code
PGW613
Start
October 2018
September 2018 (EU/INT induction)
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£7,800 (UK/EU)
£13,500 (INT)
Course leader
Michael Bradley

Our practice and research-based course will challenge you to explore, question and evolve as a photographer. The course provides you with a creative and energetic working environment in which to produce a major photographic project using some of the best traditional and state-of-the-art facilities in the UK, encouraged and supported by world-class academic and technical staff.

Why study MA Photography at Middlesex University?

At Middlesex we take a highly practical approach to photography that ensures you spend the majority of your postgraduate study behind a camera, in a darkroom and experimenting with both new and traditional technology. Drawing on the expertise of a diverse range of professional photographers, guest lecturers and technical advisers, you will enhance your knowledge and skills through a series of photographic projects using practice-led research and supportive written work.

Based in our £80 million art and design building, our course features state-of-the-art resources and gives you hands-on experience with industry-standard tools. With Apple Macintosh Pro workstations, A2 Epson printers, Hasselblad film scanners, studios, as well as a range of darkrooms including colour, black and white, and digital, you'll have everything you need to push yourself to your full potential and take the next step towards a stimulating and successful career.

Course highlights

  • Masterclasses and workshops from high-profile speakers such as Professor Phil Cleaver, Simon Roberts, Dewi Lewis, John Blakemore, Tom Hunter, Professor Jem Southam and Julian Calder
  • Access to some of London's best photography resources, including the V&A Print and Drawing Study Room
  • Explore subjects through video and photography, with several Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro workstations
  • Strong focus on professional presentation skills, such as printing and mounting your work
  • Access to networking opportunities, world-leading research and expertise through the Art & Design Research Institute (ADRI) on campus
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on MA Photography?

Through a combination of practical and theoretical work, you will study the technical, contextual and historical elements of all forms of photography. You will study the equipment and techniques used to produce professional photographs in industry.

What will you gain?

You will further develop your skills and experience in taking professional photographs, whether in a fully-equipped studio or on location. You will also learn to use photography as a medium of communication, and develop the ability to conceptualise and create photographic projects for commercial and artistic purposes. You will be prepared to make professional use of the equipment, tools, cameras and software regarded as the industry-standard in creative industries worldwide.

  • Modules

    • Developing Practice – Term 1 (30 credits)

      In this module you will explore a chosen area of photography in a contemporary context while enhancing your technical skills. You will employ a variety of reflective methods to develop your own creative research proposal with the advanced communication skills to present, discuss and evaluate your work effectively.

    • Critical Debates – Term 1 (30 credits)

      In this module you will explore the key concepts, ideas, issues and research methodologies relating to the practice and theory of photography. With particular focus on the cultural and social contexts within your chosen discipline, you'll produce a portfolio of critical responses to contemporary debates in research and professional practice.

    • Image and Insight – Term 2 (30 credits)

      In this module you will explore what it is to be an independent author in photography with particular focus on the contemporary outlets and possibilities for your work, such as social media. Through in-depth examination of modern and historical photographers you will begin to establish your place, purpose and direction in the industry.

    • Advanced Research – Term 2 (30 credits)

      In this module you will examine a diverse range of advanced approaches to photography research using both historical and contemporary sources. You will explore the work of practitioners and scholars in photography, and the contemporary research problems they face. You will produce an illustrated Research Survey demonstrating your investigations and findings.

    • Major Project – Term 3 (60 credits)

      Using research methodologies, concepts and processes previously explored in the course you will evaluate interrelationships between theory and practice. You will produce a portfolio or public exhibition of a substantial body of practice work supported by critical and reflective written work that demonstrates your resolution and expertise.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is MA Photography taught?

This course is divided into five modules taken over three semesters (if studied full time). Each module is designed to be flexible, allowing you to bring your own photography interests to the assignments while extending the boundaries of current photographic practice through experimentation, research, analysis, and creative exploration.

Assessment

Your skills, knowledge and understanding will be entirely assessed by coursework including practical projects, oral presentations and supporting written work. There are no exams.

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  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How will MA Photography support your career?

This course will prepare you for a diverse range of careers within the creative and photographic industries, from commercial organisations to photojournalism and the arts. With strong links to art and design employers in the UK and abroad we support the individual ambitions of every one of our students while they are studying with us and after graduation.

Our graduates are recognised worldwide for their high quality work in photography with several students achieving remarkable success soon after graduating. These include winning entries in the British Journal of Photography’s recent Portrait of Britain competition, finalists in the National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, and a winner of the Sony WPO Student Focus Award.

The art and design facilities, studios and workshops at our £80 million purpose-built building on campus in North London are recognised as among the best in country. With a wide range of digital media, equipment, software and library facilities on-site you'll benefit from unique levels of access to both the latest forms of technology and traditional tools with expert support to help you develop your work.

Or explore all our Art and Design Facilities to find out more about our specialist facilities for photography.

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