Coventry University - MA Photography

Coventry University

MA Photography

The MA Photography course at Coventry University offers an exciting opportunity for emerging practitioners in the field of photography and its associated forms to develop their work via a series of key interrogations.

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In providing spaces for exploration and reflection in relation to publics, visual strategies and the contextual location of independent work, the course presents a distinctive way for you to explore the possibilities of your work alongside a longitudinal development of your core practice. The course challenges you to imagine, and work with, new audiences, processes and professional futures in order to enter into a sustainable and flexible career working with images.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to this Master’s degree should normally possess a good honours degree (2:1 or equivalent). If the degree is in an unrelated subject, applicants need to demonstrate relevant industry knowledge and experience to be documented in their application statement, as per below. Candidates with professional/industrial experience, and/or other relevant training and experience may be admitted with lower qualifications.

Non-traditional entry students are welcome: applicants without formal qualifications but professional/industrial experience may be admitted on the basis of interview and submission of supporting material (see below).

Each application will be required to include a ‘statement of intent’ (500), and applicants may be required to provide other supporting material, e.g. full marks/results records, or examples of their practical, professional or academic work. Eligible applicants will be interviewed by videoconferencing.

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Career Prospects

The need for our graduates to leave as confident and enterprising practitioners is particularly important when entering sectors such as the creative industries.

The postgraduate cluster module Collaborative Enterprise Project will challenge you to directly apply your skills across disciplines in a commercial context including the process of bid writing, pitching and self-promotion. It will also offer support on establishing and operating under different business models, including freelance working, with support from the CU Talent team. More broadly across the scheme, you will work holistically to develop ‘soft-skills’ in creativity, collaborative project management, production workflows, financial management, ethics management and the sharing of knowledge via public events. These skills and the experienced gained on the course will aid you in finding work in careers which span the arts and media, from freelance photographers and curators to teachers, writers and publishers.

Course Details

The MA Photography course welcomes practitioners with diverse backgrounds and adopts an approach to photography which considers practice not as isolated from associated mediums and methodologies but within an ‘expanded field’ (Baker, 2005).

In this manner, students on the MA Photography may work with archives, produce installation pieces, publish, run collaborative projects and blur traditional genre and medium boundaries. The course has been constructed to provide essential places of experimentation and diversification of skills and knowledge, whilst also encouraging rigour in your practice which leads to its robust situation within social, political, and visual contexts. 

As part of the School of Media and Performing Arts in the Faculty for the Arts and Humanities, the MA in Photography provides points for inter-disciplinary practices to be developed and supported by a range of scholars and practitioners as well as peers working across mediums and fields. Run by the photography team who built an innovative and successful BA course (3 times Guardian no 1 ranked course in the last decade), this MA is able to build upon the many established connections, visiting speakers and resources that make Coventry an ideal place to further your photographic career. The curriculum will challenge and support your existing work, and in a symbiosis of research and practice will engender a robust and rigorous way of working that can be adapted to radically reformulating landscape of photography. 

Year One

• Objects, Spaces, and Boundaries
• Research Methods
• Entrepreneurial Practice
• Collaborative Social Challenge Project
• Photography and Public
• Final Major Project (Research and Planning)
• Collaborative Community Project
• Photographic Situations
• Final Major Project (Production and Sharing)
• Collaborative Enterprise Project

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