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Photography MA


Course Description

Choose Kingston's Photography MA

This course offers an opportunity for students to develop a major body of practical work that engages with the expanded boundaries of photography and hybridisation of the medium. It is concerned with a broad range of photographic practices and technologies and explores debates around the politics of representation and our role as image makers.

Key features

You will have the opportunity to exhibit your work and take part in off-site visits to galleries, photography festivals and other cultural spaces, as well as study tours.

Supported by a team of technical and academic staff, you will have access to a professional photography suite that includes two new digital-imaging areas, darkroom areas, two double-height photography studios and a general preparation, finishing and demonstration area. In addition, you will have access to 3D, screen printing and moving image workshops.

What will you study?

You will gain a thorough understanding of the history of photography and its continuously developing field of interrelated forms of image production and visual culture. You will explore the potential of the expanded boundaries of photography in unexpected and innovative ways through self-initiated research. Supported by taught modules and an experienced group of research-active staff, you will develop critical thinking and a sustained practice.

Assessment

Seminar and exhibition presentations, tutorials, individual and group reviews.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Modules

Project 1
Theory – Seminar
Photography Practice – Applied Theory in Advanced Photography
Photography Practice – Publishing
Masters Project (Exhibition and Research Publication)

What this course offers you

This course provides you with a thorough critical understanding of photography through self-initiated research supported by taught modules. You will also benefit from the input of an experienced group of research active staff.

It will equip you to play a positive role in the fast-moving arena of image making. You will also gain a thorough understanding of the critical and historical frameworks within which photography can be understood and conceptualised.

Based on principles that reflect the evolving nature of current and emerging photographic practice, it will encompass a broad and developing range of approaches to photography.

The course recognises that photographers increasingly explore the potential of the medium in unexpected and innovative ways, finding outlets for their work in a variety of forms and organisations.

Working alongside colleagues on other courses in fine art, we will encourage our Photography MA students to create interdisciplinary alliances. You will have the opportunity to work in a variety of environments, both individually and collaboratively.

You will have the opportunity to take part in off-site visits to galleries, site specific artworks, media venues and other cultural spaces as well as study tours.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Photography MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

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Sean Wyatt

"I studied at Kingston for my undergraduate degree in photography and since then have worked for the Photography Department, so I knew exactly what the University had to offer, which was a big factor in my decision to study my masters degree here. I knew that whatever ideas I had, no matter how challenging, the facilities and passion of the staff would make it achievable.

The Photography MA course is young and the tutors are very keen to work with their students to make the course the best it can be. So it's an exciting time to be a part of it and help shape its future."


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Entry Requirements

At least a 2.2 or preferably a 2.1. BA(Hons) degree (or its equivalent) in a related or appropriate subject. Each application is considered on its own merits and all candidates are interviewed. International and mature students with relevant experiences, interest, motivation and commitment are welcomed. However, each application is considered on its own merits and therefore previous experience and qualifications may be taken into account.

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