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Photography (MA)


Course Description

UCA Rochester

Our MA Photography course approaches photography as an expanded visual discipline. You'll be encouraged to confidently produce complex and extended photographic projects and engage with experimental and speculative approaches to making.

We offer a dynamic and exciting environment for studying the critical theory of photography, and this course engages with practices of reading and writing about the image. MA Photography also pays close attention to the dissemination, exhibition and publication of photographic work.

We provide specialist digital and analogue facilities for large-format colour and black-and-white exhibition prints.

Have a question? Just ask us - http://www.uca.ac.uk/ask-uca/

Student work

http://www.uca.ac.uk/study/courses/ma-photography/

Course overview

Our course offers a considered balance of support that develops practical skills and fosters a high standard of diverse critical approaches. You'll take risks, explore and develop your interest, and exchange, debate and discuss ideas. You'll respond to the diverse field of contemporary photography and explore practices of representation that engage with the still and the moving image, as well as performance and installation.

Your studies will be supported by a number of internationally renowned staff in a department that encourages experimentation. This will enable you to establish yourself as a rounded professional who can formulate ideas in a sophisticated framework whilst also being able to communicate to others, both visually and verbally.

We place a strong emphasis on publication, enabling you to find creative ways to disseminate your work beyond the academic context and into the public arena.

Course content

Stage 1 -

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice;

Context and Method: This introduces you to a range of research methods and tools appropriate to an advanced level of study in creative disciplines. It also outlines key issues and debates in contemporary visual and material culture. Our unit's designed to enable the use of advanced study skills to prepare you for the development of your MA project.

Exploratory Practice: This unit is concerned with the exploration of creative practice in order to inform the detailed development of your project proposal. The unit provides a structured framework to allow you to investigate the potential of methods, ideas and themes in your discipline.

Stage 2 -

During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study;

Project Development: You'll begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study. At this stage of the course, the development of the project will be guided and questioned through tutorials, group critiques and presentations. This will support the progress of your work and provide rigorous critical appraisal from staff, fellow students and professional practitioners.

Stage 3 -

In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work;

Final Project: You'll apply the knowledge gained through your research into a final body of work. You'll demonstrate the potential of your MA project, its subject and method, to generate creative work that embodies knowledge.

Programme specification - http://webdocs.ucreative.ac.uk/Photography_MA_R_PSpec_201314-1377256080013.pdf

Facilities

Our range of equipment and technical support enables specialist and professional-grade work, whilst also encouraging experimental and speculative approaches to making.

Photography studios - Fully-equipped, spacious photographic studios - three large photographic studios and lighting; perfect for still-life, fashion, tableau and other constructed photography

Darkrooms - Dedicated processing and printing darkrooms for both black and white and colour film-based photography

Digital media suites - Digital imaging centre including Flextight scanners, large format Epson printers with a print size from A4 to B0, a digital suite of Mac Pros and colour calibrated monitors and up-to-date software

Course staff

Heike Lowenstein - http://www.uca.ac.uk/staff/heike-lowenstein/

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Studying in the UK - http://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/

Studying abroad - http://www.uca.ac.uk/study/study-abroad/

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

::Industry partners::

Our MA Photography course enjoys extensive links with a number of photographic, media and fine art professionals, curators, publishers, specialist printers and book designers. These connections enrich your experience through visiting lecturer and seminar programmes.

In the last three years, speakers on the course have included photographers and other creative practitioners such as:

- Ori Gersht
- Esther Teichmann
- Margaret Salmon
- Sarah Jones
- Matthew Stone
- Criodhna Costello
- Chris Coekin
- Carey Young
- Lisa Castagner
- Rod Dickinson
- Jo Longhurst
- Jason Evans
- Joseph Walsh
- Eva Bensasson.

Additionally, creative professionals and industry links for our course include:

- Benedict Burbridge, editor of Photoworks
- Stuart Smith, book designer at Smith-Design
- Sarah James, writer at Art Monthly and Frieze
- Lucy Soutter, writer at Source
- Clare Grafik, curator of The Photographer's Gallery
- Jennifer Thatcher, Folkestone Triennial
- Jean Wainwright, writer at Art Newspaper
- Terry King, specialist printer
- Emily Pethick, directs The Showroom
- Robert Shore, editor of Elephant Magazine
- Edward Dorrian, organiser of Five Years
- Joyce Cronin, manages the Cubitt Gallery.

::Careers::

Our postgraduate degree prepares you for your career through professional practice units, talks by visiting artists and portfolio reviews with figures from across the photographic industry. Career opportunities include:

- Freelance photography
- Fine art
- Fashion
- Advertising and editorial
- Post production/digital imaging
- Picture editing and research
- Curating
- Image, arts and community arts management
- Gallery administration.

Graduates of MA Photography have gone on to win the Jerwood Photography prize; to exhibit their work in The Photographers' Gallery, Photofusion, ArtSway and the Geffyre Museum as well as publishing their outputs in different venues ranging from The Sunday Times Magazine to monographs with Dewi Lewis Publishing.

::Further study::

We also encourage you to apply to national and international competitions and residencies. Recent graduates have met with success at the PhotoforumPasquArt in Switzerland and Emergent Lleida, Spain. Alumni have also gone on to study for PhDs and to teach in many different national and international institutions at a range of levels.

Our course provides an excellent platform for you to connect with your subject, or to further your teaching career at an advanced level. It also helps prepare you for progression to an MPhil or PhD.

Your portfolio

We'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio, and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included, will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

Student regulations

Find out more about the operation of our courses, student conduct, assessments and examinations - http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/student-regulations

School of Fine Art & Photography

This course is part of the School of Fine Art & Photography, which has it’s own website packed with information about the its areas of study, expert staff, news and research projects - http://schools.ucreative.ac.uk/fine-art-photography

Visit the Photography (MA) page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Angus Fraser

"Doing the MA felt like a natural next step for me, both personally and professionally. I had already gained considerable ‘real-world’ experience and I wanted to return to my studies in order to see what new directions my work could go in. The creative freedom that the course encouraged enabled me to explore different styles and approaches."


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline and/or Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

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