The MA Contemporary Photography, Practices and Philosophies course at University of the Arts London (UAL) 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.
The 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.
MA Contemporary Photography, Practices and Philosophies graduates are equipped to work in the gallery world, fine art publishing, book publishing and advertising, in London and beyond. They may also progress academically to research (PhD study) and teaching. Equipped with industry and cultural knowledge, you'll leave us knowing your worth in the art and business worlds, at home in international gallery or commercial contexts and able to initiate substantial cultural projects.
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The course is trans-disciplinary by design with emphasis on ‘learning by doing’ and developing individual but engaged practice that spans the fields of fine art, visual media, contemporary philosophy and online and offline techniques.
Through an extensive program of mentoring by contemporary artists, curators and philosophers, students are continuously challenged to examine their work in light of the current developments in the medium and to bring it close to the real world uses of photography.
- What is practice? (in photography)
- Research and practice
- 24 months
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DisciplinesFilm, Photography & Media View 293 other Masters in Film, Photography & Media in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- An honours degree OR
- An equivalent EU / international qualification.
- What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
- Why do you wish to study on this course?
- What is your relevant experience?
- Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for acceptance?
International14728 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 14728 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEA5870 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 5870 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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