This practice-based course considers photography within contemporary international society. You will examine the exciting, and at times challenging, cultural and contextual dialogues surrounding your practice. We'll provide high-level production workshops which will strengthen and extend your own photography within today's visual culture. You will produce your own plan, a Learning Agreement, showing how you wish to develop your practice as a professional photographer or academic researcher.
You will engage with either new technologies or traditional photography, or a mix of both, but you should aim to update and challenge your pre-existing skillset. The resulting photographic practice can be for whatever purpose you choose; art, commercial, documentary, fashion, landscape, moving image or perhaps something experimental.
Our Photography staff team have expertise across a wide range of specialist photographic practices, and will support you with flexible and responsive teaching.
Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations. Have the opportunity to engage with, and discuss the critical, historical and contextual frameworks surrounding your practice. Go on a field trip to at least one photographic archive. Benefit from visiting speakers, recently these have included Emma Bowkett, Francis Hodgson, Giles Duley, Martin Parr, Ophelia Wynne, Simon Roberts, Simon Webb and Sunil Gupta. Take advantage of our excellent industry links, including companies such as Mamiya Leaf, Phase One, Genesis Imaging, Wex Photographic, Red Photographic and Calumet. Benefit from our staff's international links and contacts across Europe. Join the 75 years' worth of NTU graduates who have achieved success, won awards, or otherwise distinguished themselves in the field of photography. Opt for an additional advanced research module if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.
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“After looking around various universities, I wanted to study at NTU mainly because of the course but also because the University is located right in the city centre. The city is a good size meaning that I can get to most places very easily.
“I find the teaching staff very friendly and easy to talk to. In particular, my tutor has lots of experience in the field which means he is able to offer lots of different advice on many areas of photography. For international students the biggest problem we face is the language barrier, but the teaching staff are very understanding and able to communicate with me very clearly to ensure I understand everything I need to.
“All the equipment here is very professional; we have access to various dark rooms, three different sized studios and Mac suites. The camera store is perfect for hiring the latest professional equipment. NTU is one of the few universities which still have colour darkrooms which is a huge benefits as it allows you to build up a broader range of skills.
“During our group tutorials every student gets the chance to show their work which really helps with idea generation. The atmosphere in these sessions is great and I feel like I develop as a photographer in every session. Every week we have different guest speakers come in which is the perfect chance to learn something from someone who is already successful in the photography industry.”
Tianqi Luo (Sylvie)
“After completing a BA Photography degree in China, my teacher suggested I continued my studies abroad. NTU was recommended to me by a friend and I feel so lucky to now be here studying something I enjoy.
“I have met lots of people in my class who are crazy about photography just like me. The academics give me lots of support regarding my project and have introduced me to lots of new photographers. Both my classmates and the teaching staff provide me with so much inspiration and I feel as if I learn something new about photography every day.
“During my time on the course my photography skills have been greatly improved and I have learned a lot about this industry. I hope to be a photographer and feel the new ideas I have developed here will help me progress in my future career.”
Weijing Zhang (April)
“I chose to study Photography at NTU for a variety of reasons. Firstly, my teacher in China recommended NTU to me and after doing my own research online, I was made aware of the School of Art & Design’s impressive reputation. After visiting other universities I felt the course here was the most suitable for me.
“One of the best things about the course is the mixture between home and international students as it has allowed me to make lots of new friends. The course has also provided me with lots of opportunities and I really enjoy listening to the industry guest speakers who come in every Thursday.
“I have regular contact with the teaching staff who are all very friendly. The academics give great advice and are always suggesting interesting books to read which help me to broaden my photography knowledge.
“In comparison to China, the architecture of the buildings in Nottingham is very different, which I find inspiring for my own photography opportunities. The central location of the city is great as it makes it very easy to visit London, where I have visited many exhibitions.”
Postgraduate Masters Scholarships for UK students
We award these competitive scholarships to students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.*All full-time postgraduate taught courses in the School of Art & Design, with the exception of PG Cert Creative Pattern Cutting.Applicants will be assessed on their academic merit and the relevance of the statement on their scholarship application form.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Half your tuition fee
We're pleased to offer a number of scholarships worth up to the value of half your tuition fee. These scholarships are available to students who have been made an offer of a place to study on an eligible postgraduate Masters course* starting in September 2017. The scholarships will be available in the form of a tuition fee reduction.
You’ll need to complete a scholarship application form and email it back to us at [email protected] by 4pm on Monday 19 June 2017.
This scheme is for existing NTU students who are progressing to MA student, and NTU alumni who graduated after 1 July 2012.It is open to Home (UK), EU and International students.
Value of Scholarship(s)
25% off tuition fee
To be eligible for this scheme you must either be:a current final year undergraduate student studying at NTU progressing directly onto one of the School of Art & Design's full-time or part-time Masters courses; or an alumni from one of NTU's full-time or part-time undergraduate, postgraduate or professional courses at NTU, who graduated after 1 July 2012. You must also have accepted an offer of a place to study on an eligible course in the School of Art & Design, starting in September 2017. This scheme is open to Home (UK), EU and International students, and will be automatically be deducted from your fees before enrolment.
Eligible students do not need to apply for this fee discount - it will automatically be deducted before enrolment.
A good honours degree (minimum 2.1) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or relevant experience, and examples of work. International and EU applicants will also need to meet our English Language requirements.
23 March 2017
Recipient: Nottingham Trent University
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