University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

This course asserts photography's identity in close, critical and dynamic relation to the disciplinary and professional arenas of contemporary fine art and visual communication. It views photographic practice as both independent from, and interrelated, with other media. The course encourages students to become a critically reflective practitioner with wide knowledge of contemporary practices and issues. It supports the development of relevant skills together with a consideration of the social, cultural and economic contexts of photographic production and dissemination. The course encourages students to realise creative intentions through research, analysis, critical debate, writing and the development of individual ways of seeing and making work. It promotes challenging and provocative outcomes across traditional and new technologies within photography, print media, moving image and communication or networking media, capitalising on the close links between these facilities that are a feature of college life at King's Cross. From the outset, an essential programme of study develops research skills and knowledge of research modes in art'related fields. Learning extends across the postgraduate art programme, offering invaluable opportunities for peer association and familiarisation with the college's research community. Research underpins the critical exploration of your work, its structuring, context and communication, and drives insight into contemporary cultural debates. The course supports the development of thinking and practice through a 'project proposal', introduced, evaluated and developed during the first 15 weeks. The proposal helps students manage their work successfully and articulate concerns as they arise or develop. The practice is supported through lectures and seminars exploring key theories and critical issues with a range of specialist staff and visiting speakers. The project proposal, considered alongside work in progress, leads to an agreed 'independent project' during unit 3. The independent project reflects student's specialist interests and learning objectives, addressing ideas, research methods and intended formats, as well as theoretical and projected professional contexts for their work.

Course Modules

Modules include: Practice and context; thinking as practice (research methodologies 1); independent project.

Course Additional Entry

Applicants who have already achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours degree; students can demonstrate this educational level by; having an Honours degree or an equivalent academic qualification; having a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree; prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required; a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning that, taken together, can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £11,070 ???abroad???
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £4,375 ???home???