Photography MA/PG Dip/PG Cert

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About the course

The core activity of the course is centred on creative photographic image making through traditional, experimental or electronic means, designed to extend and enhance individual skills and practice.

Building towards the completion of a major portfolio of photographic work, through a series of self-initiated practical assignments, the course also develops skills in criticism and analysis, encouraging a critical and contextual understanding of contemporary photographic image making through written commentaries, which support the practical work.

The course provides a supportive and stimulating environment for:

  • Extending and developing visual awareness
  • Promoting independent thi…

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About the course

The core activity of the course is centred on creative photographic image making through traditional, experimental or electronic means, designed to extend and enhance individual skills and practice.

Building towards the completion of a major portfolio of photographic work, through a series of self-initiated practical assignments, the course also develops skills in criticism and analysis, encouraging a critical and contextual understanding of contemporary photographic image making through written commentaries, which support the practical work.

The course provides a supportive and stimulating environment for:

  • Extending and developing visual awareness
  • Promoting independent thinking, conceptual and creative originality
  • Developing research skills and intellectual understanding
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Key facts

UKPASS code: W64071

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

Location: Fletcher Building

Start date: September 2013

Entry and admission criteria

  • You should have the equivalent of a 2:2 or above UK Bachelor’s Honours degree in photography or a related subject
  • You will need to submit a portfolio of photographic work
  • If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis
Portfolio

UK applicants with relevant qualifications should submit a portfolio of work.

Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. For further details check our School of Media and Communications portfolio advice for international students|.

International students

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 both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Teaching and assessment

The teaching and assessment strategies reflect the philosophy of the course and engage the active participation of a professional, qualified, and experienced group of adult learners. They are therefore designed to meet the needs and make commensurate demands on a committed group of mature individuals.

As the course attracts students from a range of academic and professional backgrounds and experiences, part of the teaching and learning strategy seeks to use this diversity to enrich the learning experience of students, facilitate collaboration and maximise the potential for peer learning at an advanced level.

Full-time students attend taught sessions twice a week in the first term, less frequent contact sessions in the second term and occasional contact sessions in the third term. Part-time students attend taught sessions once a week on a Tuesday in the first year and then every alternate Wednesday afternoon in the second year. All sessions begin at 1:30 pm until 6:30 pm.

Timetabled sessions are comprised of lectures and visiting speakers, seminars, critiques, workshops and tutorials.

Course modules

Full-time pathway

Term 1 – September to January

  • Research Methods 15 credits

This module is core to all postgraduate taught art and design courses and is designed to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the nature and scope of research.

Module Choice

You can elect to take one of the following modules:

  • Photographic Context and Analysis – 15 credits

Designed to introduce you to a rigorous and structured approach to writing critically about your own practice

OR

  • Business Planning for the Creative Entrepreneur – 15 credits

Develops the key business planning and entrepreneurial skills required for the creative practitioner to compete effectively in the creative industries

  • Practical Perspectives – 30 credits

Designed to challenge your existing knowledge and experience of photographic image-making, this practical module concentrates on the ways in which meaning can be shaped and communicated through photography

Term 2 – January to May

  • Negotiated Photographic Assignment – 30 credits

A photographic production-centred module that provides students with the opportunity to continue to develop their own practice within an environment of critical debate and extend photographic imaging skills, independent judgement, visual sensibility, aesthetic and technical self-sufficiency

  • Professional Practice – 30 credits

Designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop key professional written and oral skills, with particular emphasis on the way their work and ideas can be developed and promoted through a range of opportunities within the creative industries

Term 3 – May to August

  • Major Project – 60 credits

On successful completion of this module students will demonstrate initiative, personal responsibility, complex decision-making, planning and implementation, which are essential skills for employment and for continuing professional or personal development

Part-time pathway

First year (module details as above)

Term 1

  • Research Methods – 15 credits
  • Practical Perspectives Part 1 – 15 credits

Term 2

  • Practical Perspectives Part 2 – 15 credits

Choice

  • Photographic Context and Analysis – 15 credits

OR

  • Business Planning for the Creative Entrepreneur – 15 credits

Term 3

  • Professional Practice – 30 credits

Second year

Term 1

  • Negotiated Photographic Assignment – 30 credits

Term 2

  • Major Project Part 1- interim formative assessment viva

Term 3

  • Major Project Part 2 – 60 credits

Academic expertise

The course team comprises experienced practitioners and researchers, who draw on their extensive professional skill and expertise in education, exhibiting and publishing.

Visiting lectures by internationally acknowledged photographers, artists, curators, publishers and critics provide valuable insights into aspects of professional practice.

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

MA Photography postgraduate study enables students to develop a significant body of work that can be exploited in a range of external contexts. Our graduates have an exceptionally strong record of achievement including exhibitions at leading national and international venues, publications, commissions, residencies and PhD research.

The course content hones skills in criticism and analysis, which are invaluable in professions such as publishing, broadcasting, journalism, public relations and related areas. Those interested in pursuing further study for a research degree at either MPhil or PhD level will benefit from the expertise offered by the universities Photographic Studies and Creative Imaging Research Group who teach on the programme.

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.

Scholarships

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Facilities

The course is based in well-equipped accommodation with excellent technical support and includes photographic and video studios and equipment hire, traditional darkrooms, computer suits with flat bed and film scanners and large format inkjet printing.

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