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Film and Photography at the University of Derby has a long history of excellence. Our MA programme teaches Film and Photography as a fine art practice, offering a contemporary and exciting programme. 

Our campus offers access to well-resourced facilities that inspire students to explore diverse methods as image makers, working across analogue, digital, still or moving image and multi-media installation.

We will inspire you to shape your individual creative practice with relevant theoretical knowledge and experimental approaches, informing a personal voice and engagement within the creative industries.

We are looking for applicants who are strongly motivated, reflective and independently minded. The course supports projects that enable you to focus on a specialist aspect of film or photographic practice, along with proposals (major project) that combine or explore the relationship between the two disciplines. We value interdisciplinary debate that utilises the collective knowledge and experience of students and staff. 

You will become part of our lively research culture with access to see visiting speakers on all School of Art courses and staff research seminar series where colleagues present their research. 

he MA enjoys the provision of a rich programme of specialist visiting practitioners such as Calum Colvin, Wendy McMurdo, Simon Le Ruez, Marcus Coates, Hannah Collins, Nick Thursston, Lei Cox, Doug Fishbone, Brian Griffin, Steel Vine, Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey, Ellie Harrison, Paul Rooney, Karen Knorr, Pak-Keung Wan, Jem Southam, Peter Kennard, Doug Cocker, Rachel Maclean. In the wider context students benefit from the knowledge offered by visitors such as philosopher Jonathan Rea, artist/ curator/ commentator Alfredo Cramerotti, curator and social historian Anna Douglas, exhibition designer Calum Storrie and Fred Mann, gallery director/artist/record producer.

Our academic team have a wide range of backgrounds with expertise in Fine Art, Photography, Film, Public Art, Performance, Curatorship, Critical Theory, Art History, Philosophy and Criticism, residencies and commissions. All members of staff are practicing artists, writers or theorists and members of Research Groups. 

Derby University students have made a major contribution to the city’s vibrant arts culture. Many have taken advantage of the areas rural and industrial heritage as inspiration, to establish studios, start-up businesses or exhibit work. The School of Arts also has strong community links such as Derby Theatre, Déda, Derby Museum and Art Gallery and QUAD. 

How you will learn

The MA Film and Photography course is a professionally taught programme delivered through seminars, tutorials, workshop, peer reviews and guest lectures.

The School has a well-established visiting lecturer programme and this is open to all students across Art and Design. All postgraduate students will benefit greatly from this exposure to practicing artists.

We have good links with regional galleries such as QUAD and Derby Museum and Art Gallery. We also guide you in educational visit to national and international venues, appropriate to your working practice. Within the framework of the course the staff will seek to support you in real world learning. Students are encouraged to maintain a professional profile during the course. The following are just a few examples of venues students have used: The Crypt Derby CathedralPickford House MuseumThe Orangery DerbyQUADWirksworth Visual Arts FestivalDerby Museum and Art Gallery, Una Notte al Museo, Milan, Italy, The Royal Derbyshire Hospital, Campbell Works Gallery London, and Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts

How are you assessed?

Assessments are carried out at the end of each module and you will get written and verbal feedback on your progress. Further to this you will regularly receive feedback on how you are progressing with your work. Assessments are based on the appropriate presentation of all practical work and essays, reports including reflective journals, proposals and presentations.


Visit the Film and Photography (MA) page on the University of Derby website for more details!

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