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MA Photography (Visual Communication)

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

Why Study MA Photography Online?

Adding an MA from one of the UK’s leading universities to your CV makes sense when you are competing for photography commissions, exhibitions and employment opportunities or looking to advance your career. A master's degree may just give you an edge over the competition. You will develop your knowledge of contemporary photography at the forefront of the discipline, both in the UK and globally, and have the opportunity to develop an outstanding individual photography portfolio.

You will be enrolled on our online Postgraduate Art and Design programme, specialising in photography. You will develop your project proposal in preparation for your Major Study in Photography through a series of practice modules supported by modules covering research and the creative industries. The award on your MA degree certificate will be MA Photography (Visual Communication).

What does the Course Involve?

On the MA Photography (Visual Communication) course you will develop a proposal for a programme of sustained photographic practice within a subject matter, theme and genre reflecting your individual area of interest. This could be fine art contemporary photography, documentary photography, photojournalism, editorial photography, fashion photography or contemporary advertising photography. You will be encouraged to develop an open, thoughtful and creative approach to image making and show a willingness to experiment.

Some typical outcomes for MA Photography (Visual Communication) projects may include: work on an extended photo-book project, the development of a sustained body of work for exhibition, a body of documentary or photojournalism work presented as a multimedia storytelling documentary, or the development of an ambitious, in-depth and cohesive portfolio of editorial, fashion or advertising photography work. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to integrate the theory you have learned with your practice.

Download the Programme Specification for detailed information about the course, or read on to find out more about what is involved in each of the modules - http://bit.ly/1YAZyp5

During your studies with IDI you will need access to specific pieces of equipment which will enable you to complete your coursework. You will also need to ensure you have access to the necessary reading materials. Sourcing these will be your own responsibility and any costs incurred are not included in your course fees. For further information about the equipment and reading requirements, please refer to the course Reading and Materials List (http://bit.ly/1XeEWBv). If you require any further advice, please contact our Admissions Advisors who will be happy to help.

Research and Creative Industries Modules

While you will study common modules alongside students from other disciplines, you will be encouraged to approach them from the point of view of your own photography practice.

All students undertake the following modules:

- Postgraduate Study in Context
- Research and Practice
- Creative Industries: Global Perspectives
- Critical Studies
- Creative Industries: Business Perspectives
- Creative Industries: Professional Presentations

In addition to research and enterprise based modules listed above, you will undertake three practical modules centred around your own practice:

- Practice 1: Art and Design
- Practice 2: Art and Design
- Major Study: Photography (Visual Communication)

Learn more about the Research and Creative Enterprise modules on the MA Programme - http://bit.ly/1RSADum

Typical progression from the online MA Photography (Visual Communication) is to employment in photography, the wider photomedia industry or related fields including teaching or doctoral studies . The language of delivery is English. The location of delivery and assessment is online with no need for attendance.

Subject to minimum cohort numbers being reached, you can choose from part-time or full-time study modes on all MA courses. Find out more about the different modes of study - http://bit.ly/1QOt7hA

Contact us today to see if there's a place for you on the MA Photography (Visual Communication) course starting in February, June or October - http://bit.ly/1QOtlp2

Visit the MA Photography (Visual Communication) page on the Interactive Design Institute website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Julius Smit, MA Photography (Visual Communication)

“An expansion of my photographic horizons with an academic approach is my number one priority and after two IDI semesters I can truly say this is already happening.

“I chose to study for an MA more for a need for intellectual enquiry and stimulation and practice-based experimentation, than for the prospect of suitable employment. At nearly 64 years of age my chances of employment are slim in an industry which is almost as competitive as that of the theatre! However, I now see myself more of a visual artist rather than the traditional model of a ‘jobbing’ photographer.

“Photography is one of a group of subjects under the IDI design umbrella. This means there is a broad-based design approach as well as opportunities to work within the chosen discipline. Both theoretical and practical opportunities are made available as part of the overall study experience.

“There is a great deal of stimulating dialogue not only with other students but also with the tutors. In fact, the more the student engages in dialogue, the more this will benefit the intellectual and artistic progress of the student’s work and study. The student peer group, being located in a virtual environment, is truly an international, if not a global student community.

“Two very different and inspiring tutors for each study module means strong input resulting in strong student motivation! The IDI tutors are very supportive with excellent communication responses. The activities in each subject area are well constructed and structured with good opportunities for student peer group discussion and evaluation. Practice-based work is continually encouraged during each semester and there is always very supportive feedback from tutors and your student peer group.

“My best memory of my time as an IDI student so far is when I first introduced my project based on the town where I live as part of a Pecha Kucha project. I loved launching myself into the global student domain and in return looking at contributions from other students in my group. It was exciting to realise that I am part of a truly global student community.”


Entry Requirements

normally have an honours degree (2:2 or above) in a field relevant to the award you want to study. If you do not have a degree, you will need to show you have appropriate professional experience and skills to benefit from the course. More Information: View Website

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