Photographic History and Practice MA/PG Dip/PG Cert

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About the course

The course is dedicated to the study and research of photographic history and the history of photographic practice, focusing on the important technological, visual and historical material that makes photography an interdisciplinary subject. During the course you will:

  • Examine cultural history, history of science and visual studies approaches, with an emphasis on the history of photography in Europe
  • Build a working knowledge of digital scholarship, using the university’s renowned resource databases at kmd.dmu.ac.uk/kmd_photohistory_page
  • Develop skills in approaching and writing about primary source material in photographic history research, giving you the tools to approach p…

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About the course

The course is dedicated to the study and research of photographic history and the history of photographic practice, focusing on the important technological, visual and historical material that makes photography an interdisciplinary subject. During the course you will:

  • Examine cultural history, history of science and visual studies approaches, with an emphasis on the history of photography in Europe
  • Build a working knowledge of digital scholarship, using the university’s renowned resource databases at kmd.dmu.ac.uk/kmd_photohistory_page
  • Develop skills in approaching and writing about primary source material in photographic history research, giving you the tools to approach photographs, cameras, technical apparatus, manuscripts, historical and theoretical writings
  • Access photographs and manuscripts in local, regional and national collections and use the DMU photo-history research library, including many important photographic journals from the Kodak Research Library
  • Gain the skills for further or ongoing work as a professional or build a platform of knowledge from which you may begin doctoral-level research
  • Network and form research and work opportunities with our course partners, including the National Media Museum, Bradford; Birmingham Central Library; the British Library; and the University of Zurich, Switzerland
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Key facts

UKPASS code: W63271

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time

Location: Fletcher Building

Start date: September 2013

Entry and admission criteria

This course is for those from a variety of disciplines including conservation students, archivists, historians of science and from various fields of visual studies, for instance visual anthropology, photography or art history.

  • You should have the equivalent of a good UK bachelor’s honours degree in a field appropriate to the area of study
  • A reading knowledge of one European language other than English is recommended
  • If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.
  • We welcome equivalent international qualifications
  • If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available throughout the course if you need it. English Language preparation/pre-sessional courses are also available

Teaching and assessment

The course is studied on a full-time and part-time weekly basis, delivered over three or six semesters through a combination of workshops, lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Assessments will be both written and oral. If you are following the MA route you will then proceed with thesis writing in the third or sixth semester.

Course modules

You will study three core modules in the following areas:

  • History of Photography, Images and Practice
  • Theory and Photography
  • Photography Resources in a Digital Age

Throughout the course you will be introduced to photographic history from the 19th to the 21st century, while being taught how to engage critically with images, equipment, history and digital texts, both old and new.

You will be introduced to studies of instrument history, history of ideas and digitising as they relate to photographic development.

While developing skills in critical theory and visual analysis covering the traditional history of images, you will also learn a more material and cultural history approach to images. In the spring semester, you will take various specialist modules. Some options will be offered in conjunction with specialist partners and involve study trips and extended research workshops and may include:

  • Photography and Industry
  • Photographic Ethnographies
  • Photography and Science

You will be required to study applied research methods, which will include object handling skills, process identification, digital scholarship, and writing and study skills. MA students will also be required to submit a thesis at the end of the third semester.

Academic expertise

De Montfort University has an international reputation in the field of photography and lens media in practice, research and teaching. The current course team includes Professor Elizabeth Edwards, Dr Kelley Wilder and Professor Stephen Brown. The course also draws on a wide range of international specialists, providing extended opportunities to study with a variety of practitioners.

We have one of the best photographic research libraries in the UK, including many of the major journals of the 19th and 20th centuries dealing with photographic matters. We have a full wet darkroom, scanning and digital photography resources and are situated close to the three largest collections of photographs in the UK, the British Library, Birmingham City Library and the National Media Museum.

Industry links and professional accreditation

A large proportion of our lecturers are active practitioners and specialists in their field, including for example, working as architects, choreographers, composers, interior designers, journalists, new product developers, public relations consultants.

This ensures that you will learn real world skills that are in touch with the commercial sector, the latest technologies and current thinking.

Our creative staff also work as authors, composers, performers, freelance designers, practising fine artists and photographers who exhibit or perform internationally.

Other lecturers are involved in world class research and consultancy which enhances the quality of our teaching. Current projects range from digital media and holography to textile materials, fine art sculpture and the built environment, film and Hollywood to Women's TV History.

Our expertise in innovation has led us to advise regional businesses on developing new products. We are currently leading an initiative in resource efficient design for the retail supply chain. We also conduct consultancy and training for a number of clients including George at Asda, Oxford Instruments and Halfords and our major expertise in knowledge transfer and exchange offers benefits to a range of industrial partners.

Other members of our staff have connections with media organisations such as Amanda Blue independent award winning television producer 'Prescott the Class System and Me', 'World's Oldest Mother', Supernanny, 'Big School lottery' 'Young Black Farmers'

We also have partnerships and collaborations with the city's creative and cultural centres. These include Phoenix Square, The Curve Theatre and Leicester Comedy Festival

De Montfort University is highly rated by employers and offers excellent links with industry, the creative and cultural world, and the professions.

Graduate careers

The significant recent profiling of photographic history has led to prominent developments across Europe and the USA. As such, the agenda and profile of photographic history is increasing at a remarkable pace and is acquiring a considerable following in many fields of study, requiring a substantial demand for qualified practitioners. Photographic history is a developing field of academic study, which by its nature seeks to interpret the creative and historical output and add to the theoretical and practical discourse currently found in history of art and history of science. The course will provide significant opportunities for hands-on research and further academic study.

It will extend and enhance your professional development, through an emphasis on both theoretical and practical skills aligned with archive curating and history writing. You will be exposed to a variety of disciplines, including museum studies, conservation, visual anthropology, history of art, history of science and photography, and the wider cultural and creative industries.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding options for 2013/14 entry are still under review and are subject to change.

Full-time UK/EU Postgraduate courses fees £4,200 Students Equivalent or Lower Qualification Status* £5,000 International
Postgraduate courses fees £11,700 Part-time Part-time fees are charged on a credit basis, you will need to complete 180 credits over the course of an MA/MSc programme. 15 credits £350 Students Equivalent or Lower Qualification Status* 15 credits
£420 Continuation UK/EU Fee** £150 Continuation International Fee** £5000

For more information please take a look at our Funding|| section.

* ELQ Student definition - If you are a Home or EU status student and you already have a qualification at or above the level of the programme you wish to study from any country you will be considered as an Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) student. In 2008 the UK Government decided to stop funding universities for student in this situation and therefore the following fees will apply £5,000. Students from outside the EU are not affected by the policy.

** A fee that is charged on a periodic basis where Postgraduate or Research students need to extend their registration to complete the course.

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Facilities

Access photographs and manuscripts in local, regional and national collections and use the DMU photo-history research library, including many important photographic journals from the Kodak Research Library.

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