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MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

This course has achieved success through the production of student work of the highest standard. Some of the most important photo festivals and exhibitions, both national and international, have included University of Bolton photography students’ work. Their work has also been acquired/collected by local and national galleries and other collections. We’ll encourage and guide you to develop a critical understanding of the key issues in contemporary photographic culture. You’ll look at ethics, social responsibility, meaning and context in photographs, and see how they are influenced and informed by these issues through a series of research-informed practical assignments. You’ll also explore the work of contemporary practitioners and the relationship between their work and the photographic market.

Course Highlights: Our custom-designed photography department offers outstanding facilities, including darkrooms, a dedicated computer suite with a high output printing facility and four studios with specialist lighting. We have strong, well-established links with a number of important institutions and organisations, including national Galleries, The Royal Photographic Society, Chetham’s Library, and The Worktown Archive at Bolton Museum & Art Galleries. Guest lecturers have included John Bulmer, Chris Coekin, Geoff Dyer, Francis Hodgson, Brian Griffin, Dewi Lewis, Ian McMillan, Simon Roberts, Pieter Van der Houwen and Tom Wood. Specialist masterclass workshops are run by invited practitioners.

Key Features: The MA Photography programme is practice-based and industry-focused, offering you rich learning experiences and discipline-specific and transferrable employability skills. As a successful postgraduate student you’ll be able to continue your studies to gain teaching qualifications or go on to study further for an MPhil/PhD. You’ll have access to an exciting visiting speaker programme, providing insight into industry experts’ professional practice and up-to-the-minute developments in the sector. Our specialist tutors and technical support staff have professional experience and industry connections. By the time you graduate, you’ll be practiced in the application of business management skills such as creating a business plan and writing proposal briefs for commission, exhibition and project work.

Career Opportunities: The degree is specifically aimed at equipping you to work in different cultures and publish your work in a range of domestic and international galleries, and online. The course is designed to be accessible to a wide constituency from graduates to working professionals. Studying this course will also help you to develop a number of career-enhancing skills in addition to your subject specific knowledge and understanding. These include interpersonal skills, research skills, oral and written communication, independent working, and time and project management skills. Students will also achieve PGDip and PGCert.

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Full time | University of Bolton | 1 year | 27-FEB-20

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Advanced Practice 1 - Core
Advanced Research and Study Skills - Core
Advanced Practice 2 - Core
Critical Thinking in Practice - Core
Advanced Practice 3 - Core
Critical Analysis and Reflection - Core

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Students should have one of the following: at least an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree in Photography; at least an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree in any subject and significant professional experience in the industry; or at least an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree in a related subject with a major project in photography. If they don’t have these qualifications but do have significant experience in the field of photography and are able to present a strong portfolio, then we’ll be happy to consider their application.

University information

The University of Bolton dates back to 1825 and has a long and distinguished history of providing quality education. Situated on a modern campus in the centre of Bolton, the University is home to 11,000 students who are very happy with their experience, proved by their number one ranking for student satisfaction in Greater Manchester in the Complete University Guide 2019. The university is split into nine faculties: Bolton School of...more