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MA Photography Welcome Guide - Overview
Your Welcome Guide

We're delighted to have you join us at Arts University Bournemouth, and hope that your time here will be rewarding, challenging, creative and enjoyable.

Welcome to the MA Photography course

This welcome pack is designed to give you an idea of what to expect during the first weeks of your course. Please take the time to read it carefully and take particular note of the pre-course preparation. We hope that you will enjoy a happy and productive time with us, and we look forward to meeting you.

A message from your Course Leader

I would like to welcome you to the MA Photography course at Arts University Bournemouth.

Through the advanced study of Photography you will link your practice with theory and develop an understanding of what it means to be a professional in the field. Through lectures, seminars and group discussions you will explore photography and what it means to you.

We are proud of our community of photography students at AUB and as an MA student you will engage with and work alongside this community.

- Professor Paul Wenham-Clarke, Course Leader

Before you join us


To give you a foretaste of the ethos of the course, we would like to suggest that you take a look at the reference material below. We suggest that you find as much online as possible rather than buying multiple publications.


  • Bates, D. (2016). Photography: The Key Concepts. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Bates, D. (2015). Art Photography. London: Tate.
  • Ritchen, F. (2008). After Photography. New York: W. W. Norton.
  • Sontag, S. (1977). On Photography. London: Penguin.


  • Barthes, R. (1993). Camera Lucida. London: Vintage.
  • Modrak, R. & Anthes, B. (2011). Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice. London: Routledge.

Research Texts

  • Collins, H. (2010) Creative Research: the Theory and Practice of Research for the Creative Industries. Lausanne: AVA Academia.
  • Gray, C. and Malins, J. (2004). Visualizing Research: A Guide to the Research Process in Art and Design. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Rose, G. (2012). Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching with Visual Material. London: Sage

Photography Links

Blogs and Websites

What to bring on your first day

  • Your research proposal
  • Notebook and pen


  • Academic diary (can be electronic e.g. Microsoft Outlook version, generally found on many smart phones and as standard on laptops and tablets).
  • DSLR camera (21 mega pixels or above preferably Nikon or Canon).
  • Sketchbooks: A4 and A5.
  • Portable hard drive (preferably 500mb to 1TB).


  • Apple Mac or PC Card Reader
  • Flash (Metz or dedicated detachable flash).
  • Tripod (portable, but heavy enough for medium format cameras and DSLRs with telephoto/zoom lenses).

AUB Students are encouraged to bring their own Laptop and Mobile device to AUB to support Online Learning, Collaboration and Communication whilst at University.

AUB provides access to a range of free software and discounts on Apple and Dell hardware. We recommend that you wait until you have set up your AUB IT account to access this free software and discounted hardware if you are planning on investing in a new computer.

Even if your course does not specifically use Adobe Creative Cloud we would recommend that you try to make sure your computer is able to run this software.

We recommend that you format any external hard-drives/USB sticks to work on both Apple and Windows.

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Next Steps

Find out the useful dates and contact before you start here
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We are looking forward to welcoming you to MA Commercial Photography this year in just a few weeks!