Postgraduate coursesCourse Outline

Course Overview

The MA Commercial Photography course offer the opportunity to study in the genres of advertising, fashion, editorial or documentary photography, whichever genre you choose to pursue will define your experience of the course.

In each genre you will develop a comprehensive understanding of techniques and knowledge relevant to that specialism combined with a critical awareness of developments in that area of professional practice.

These specialist areas of study will be supported by the staff team who have extensive commercial experience and specialist knowledge. Several of the staff are leading practitioners in their field with decades of industry experience. In addition, there will be a team of well-known and respected industry practitioners, including not just photographers, but associated roles such as agents and picture editors, to act as mentors and visiting tutors.

The range of skills and specialist knowledge offered by this combination of academic staff, visiting tutors and mentors, provides any MA Commercial Photography student with a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide their study and shape their future career. These specialist staff will be assigned appropriately to the students to guide and fine-tune their development.

The course will encourage students to make industrial links and live projects as part of their Masters study. This may include students working very closely with external organisations to achieve a highly creative postgraduate level outcome and possibly make industrial links that continue far beyond graduation.

Digital technologies have driven an ever-increasing trend towards the blurring of boundaries between the various art practices and this has presented challenges and opportunities for today’s professional photographic practitioners. The course encourages the appropriate use of frontier technologies and will support this when ever possible.

The course comprises of three units that should be seen as one integrated body of study. Depending upon your own individual approach and learning style, you will be given the opportunity to run one major project across all three units, or produce a smaller projects for each, its your choice.

The course is project focused and builds towards the completion of a major portfolio of work through self-initiated practical assignments, which are supported by written commentaries.