MA Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies

United Kingdom
Dates flexible
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview

Course summary:

MA Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies is a fine art photography course that explores the possibilities of both visual and conceptual expression, merging research deeply with practice.

The course is rooted in the idea that photography has no self-limiting identity or essence. In creating work that is visually exciting and intellectually compelling you'll develop as an artist with photography at the core of your practice, defining, or redefining photography as the art form of the 21st century.

This course is part of the Art Programme.

Great reasons to apply:

  • The opportunity to explore photography as an interlacing of fine art, technology, aesthetics and new media
  • Extensive visiting lecturer programme by leading artists, philosophers and curators
  • State of the art scanning, large format digital colour and chemical B/W printing
  • Open environment encouraging collaborations across other post-graduate programmes (MA Fine Art, MA Art and Science)
  • Emphasis on research as practice and on practice as research
  • Links with Arts and Humanities Research Council photography network and the journal Philosophy of Photography.
  • MA Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies enables you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities.

You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies; your taught input will normally be scheduled over a maximum of two to three days per week during term time.

Who should take this course

Anyone Interested.

Course content

Course details:

MA Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies is a ground-breaking course that explores the possibilities of photography driven by artistic practice and practice-led research. Based in the world famous King's Cross campus in central London, the course is making full use of the state-of-the-art facilities to redefine photography as central to 21st century art and culture. You will nurture your practice by working across a number of disciplines combining photography with performance, installation, new media, smart technology, fashion and site-specific work. In creating work that is visually exciting and intellectually compelling, you will develop as an international art practitioner ready for work in the cultural sector.

About the course:

MA Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies is a two year (60 weeks) course structured as two consecutive periods of 30 weeks each. Course attendance is three days in year one, and two days in year two. In year one we expect you to commit an average of 40 hours per week. In year two, your study is predominantly self-managed but we expect you to commit an average of 20 hours per week. Across the two years, you're expected to commit an average of 30 hours per week. MA Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies is credit rated at 180 credits, and comprises two units Unit one (60 credits) and Unit two (120 credits). Students successfully achieving Unit one may exit at this point with the award of Postgraduate Certificate. Both units must be passed in order to achieve the MA, but the classification of the award of MA derives from the mark for Unit two only.

Course rationale:

MA Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies understands photography as plural, trans disciplinary and multimedial global language that is situated at the core of contemporary visual art practice. The deep integration of theory and practice offers supportive environment in which to explore photography as form of expression that interlaces fine art, technology, aesthetics, politics and new media. Opportunities to research photography as a central component of discursive practices within the arts, the sciences and the construction of personal identities, provide students with tools to work in fields related to artistic production and the extended creative industries.

Unlike many other photography courses, this course is not committed to one notion of what photography is or to one form of media specific practice. Instead of working from a predefined notion of photography, the course aims to provide students with the tools to locate their own practice within a broad range of contemporary visual forms.

Fees & Funding:

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About Course Provider

University of the Arts London (UAL) is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. Its unique creative community is made up of six renowned Colleges, each with its own world-class reputation: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.

UAL is the world’s sixth best University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings 2018. Offering an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts, UAL is the main talent pipeline to the UK’s creative industries.

Home to a diverse community of over 18,000 students from 129 countries, UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers. Our graduates can be found in every part and at every level of the creative and cultural sectors, from heads of global business to self-employed practitioners, and on shortlists for awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.

Building on UAL’s association with some of the most original thinkers in the arts, students and staff are inspired to challenge convention, generate new ideas and nurture talent. Home to award-winning staff and students for more than a century, UAL’s Colleges are at the forefront of learning, creativity and practice in their specialist subjects. This close-knit College structure offers opportunities for learning and enquiry for people at all stages of their creative development.

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