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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Photography History

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Photography has become the major form of image-making and visual communication since its development in the nineteenth century. Its importance has been recognised in many areas of scholarship: history of art, media and cultural studies, literature, memory and memorialisation, gender and identity, philosophy and law. This programme enables you to learn about - and to negotiate your individual path through - past and present photographic practices and cultures, in order to develop your interests, whether your engagement with the medium is academic, artistic, personal or vocational.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework.

Graduates can pursue careers in academia/teaching, the creative arts, media and photography. Possible professions include higher education lecturer, museum/gallery curator, or photographer. This degree may be useful in becoming a community arts worker, advertising art director, or press photographer.

Different course options

Full time | Birkbeck, Central London WC1 | 1 year | OCT

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT

Modules

This module introduces you to current theoretical and historiographic issues in the study of art history, including the specialist disciplines of history of architecture and history of photography. It consists of four integrated elements, which lay the foundation for your progress through the programme. Lectures explore key issues for the history of art, architecture and photography now, including institutions, space, materiality, the global, power, reception, identity and collectivity. Work in Focus seminars analyse individual artworks, photographs or buildings through discussion. Historiography seminars map the formation of history of art, architecture and photography and grapple with some of its key texts. And research skills classes provide guidance on research, the framing of questions, the construction of arguments, and academic writing techniques.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£8,350

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£15,200

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Course specific entry requirements: Students need good honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience). For students with a degree in a subject other than history of art, the one-year part-time Graduate Certificate in History of Art and Architecture can be used as a conversion course. Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate with merit will normally be guaranteed a place on this programme. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research student with a...more

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