MA Fashion Photography (Full Time)

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Taught by internationally renowned Industry professionals this master’s level course is designed for students wanting to take their work to the next level of professionalism whilst creating a cohesive, recognisable style.

Most magazines and fashion Industry clients are already happy with the small group of photographers they are already working with. How then is it possible to break into this elite group? By doing something different. Photographers are booked because of their individual style and their technical ability. This course is designed to teach you professional photographic techniques using the latest technology and also the importance of developing your own vision.

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Taught by internationally renowned Industry professionals this master’s level course is designed for students wanting to take their work to the next level of professionalism whilst creating a cohesive, recognisable style.

Most magazines and fashion Industry clients are already happy with the small group of photographers they are already working with. How then is it possible to break into this elite group? By doing something different. Photographers are booked because of their individual style and their technical ability. This course is designed to teach you professional photographic techniques using the latest technology and also the importance of developing your own vision.

For those wishing to explore the new medium of ‘fashion film’, this is the perfect opportunity. Most magazines are now online and seeking moving content. In particular, there are a host of new online magazines that are exclusively looking for fashion film content. Fashion designers are also looking to produce short films of their collections for their websites, and to post on to blogs like nowness.com and YouTube.

Research is vital to your understanding of the medium. It is only by looking at the past that you can understand the future. By looking at the history of film we realise the importance of story telling, both in fashion stills and fashion film. We will also look at composition, cinematography, editing and colour grading for film, and advanced Photoshop retouching.

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Industrial focus

There is no substitute for experience. Students are positively encouraged and enabled to seek relevant work experience through our industrylinks and other sources. You will be taught by established working professionals as well as guest lecturers from the world of fashion, photography and film.

Course content

Research Methods

You will explore the principles of academic research, the variety of research methods available and their relevance in relation to your study paths. Providing background knowledge for the Major Project, the unit will guide you in selecting appropriate and ethically managed research methods so that you develop your confidence and independent research skills.

Creative Practice Project 1

Editorial: This unit can be approached as a stills or moving image brief aimed at producing an individual and creative editorial fashion story that exists as a cohesive body of work. It will be supported by relevant IT classes, seminars and lectures.

Professional Contexts and Practice

This multi-disciplinary unit explores current debates, emerging areas of research and professional practice within fashion. A diverse programme of guest lectures, including representatives from the fashion and creative industries, provides a critical awareness of the cultural and professional contexts associated with your chosen field. Strengthening your knowledge of the fashion and creative industries, the unit supports the development of the necessary skills for preparing a specific career plan.

Creative Practice Project 2

Advertising: This unit can be approached as a stills or moving image brief aimed at producing an individual and creative advertising fashion campaign that exists as a cohesive body of work. It will be supported by relevant IT classes, seminars and lectures.

Major Project

Negotiated with teaching staff, your project will culminate in a significant creative solution resulting in a portfolio, book, magazine, exhibition or fashion film.

Assessment

There are a variety of assessment methods: portfolio, essay, film, proposal, presentation, exhibition review, research and development, major project and reflective report.

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Key career skills

Creative thinking, critical analysis, problem solving, teamwork, research, presentation, networking, IT software programmes Photoshop, Capture One, and Final Cut Pro.

Projects/work experience

You will be encouraged to gain relevant work experience as part of the course and we will support you in your quest for a placement at a magazine, photography studio, or in film production.

Why Solent is special

  • Guest speakers:
    Industry professionals visit to share their experiences through presentations and lectures, and will develop your work through one-to-one tutorial and portfolio-viewing workshops. Recent visiting lecturers include Caryn Franklin, Perry Curties, Iain R Webb, Wayne Johns, Bruce Smith, Ellen Rogers, Hannah Al Shemmeri, Elaine Waldron, Maria Bonet and Richard Billingham.
  • Special facilities:We offer an industry-standard environment. We have a number of photographic studios, black and white and colour darkrooms and film processing and a dedicated digital suite. We also offer video production facilities. Our location and studio equipment loan store holds kits of DSLR, medium and large format cameras, and location lighting for student use. You will also have access to a well-resourced student photo area, stocked with the latest photography journals and an excellent library of books and films.
  • A focus on professional practice:
    Professional practice is an essential part of the course. Our partnership with the internationally renowned agency Magnum Photos means that you will enjoy access to a significant online resource and photographic library. We are also members of the D&AD University Network enjoying the benefits of ‘live’ Industry briefs and the annual ‘New Blood’ exhibition in London. Industry events are held on campus. Canon UK recently held a one-day event for students, professional photographers and retailers.
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