This practice-based course considers photography within contemporary international society. You will examine the exciting, and at times challenging, cultural and contextual dialogues surrounding your practice. We'll provide high-level production workshops which will strengthen and extend your own photography within today's visual culture. You will produce your own plan, a Learning Agreement, showing how you wish to develop your practice as a professional photographer or academic researcher.
You will engage with either new technologies or traditional photography, or a mix of both, but you should aim to update and challenge your pre-existing skillset. The resulting photographic practice can be for whatever purpose you choose; art, commercial, documentary, fashion, landscape, moving image or perhaps something experimental.
Our Photography staff team have expertise across a wide range of specialist photographic practices, and will support you with flexible and responsive teaching.
- Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations.
- Have the opportunity to engage with, and discuss the critical, historical and contextual frameworks surrounding your practice.
- Go on a field trip to at least one photographic archive.
- Benefit from visiting speakers, recently these have included Emma Bowkett, Francis Hodgson, Giles Duley, Martin Parr, Ophelia Wynne, Simon Roberts, Simon Webb and Sunil Gupta.
- Take advantage of our excellent industry links, including companies such as Mamiya Leaf, Phase One, Genesis Imaging, Wex Photographic, Red Photographic and Calumet.
- Benefit from our staff's international links and contacts across Europe.
- Join the 75 years' worth of NTU graduates who have achieved success, won awards, or otherwise distinguished themselves in the field of photography.
- Opt for an additional advanced research module if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.
How you're taught
Teaching and learning experiences will include:
- subject-based workshops;
- support in our photography facilities; and
- self-directed learning.
Assessment is 100% by coursework and includes:
- learning agreement;
- reflective journal;
- critical essay;
- contextual essay;
- annotated bibliography; and
- body of photographic work.
Careers and employability
This course leads to a wide range of career opportunities within photography including freelance photographer, studio photographer, photojournalist, picture editor, picture researcher and exhibitions coordinator.
Some graduates also use this course to support careers in teaching, lecturing and progression to MPhil or PhD study.
Our aim is to produce highly employable graduates and we are committed to offering experiences throughout the course that will enhance your understanding of the industry.
Our Employability Team can help to prepare you, offering a variety of activities including CV building, writing job applications and preparing for interviews.
This course, the photography department and the University's Employability Team, will help to prepare you for a career in photography.
You'll benefit from regular masterclasses from high-profile guest lecturers, from a diverse range of backgrounds. This is supported by industry visits from Phase One, Red Photographic, Calumet and WEX Photographic.
We have also taken students to visit trade fairs at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and major photographic archives both in the UK and mainland Europe.
You will be encouraged and supported to undertake work experience opportunities, to help enhance your understanding of the industry.
YouFirst – working with our Employability Team
Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.
Take a look at a recent zine produced by our graduating Masters students to get a flavour of the innovation and creativity that goes on within the School of Art & Design.
Our MA Photography students are based in the Bonington building, a dedicated centre for Art and Design. Facilities and equipment include:
- Mamiya Leaf / Phase One digital cameras and backs with Capture One software for high-end digital capture.
- A postgraduate studio, with space to work alongside other practice-based Art and Design Masters students.
- Apple Mac editing suites with Adobe Creative Cloud software for both photography and moving image.
- Epson 17 inch inkjet printers dedicated to photography.
- Medium and large format film cameras including Mamiya, Hasselblad, Wista and Toyo.
- A range of Canon 5D and Nikon D810 cameras.
- A selection of 35mm film cameras including Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Pentax and Leica.
- Various HD video cameras.
- Bowens and Profoto studio flash equipment.
- Black and white darkroom for wet and dry printing, including De Vere 504 with Multigrade heads.
- Colour suite with RA4 print processor and ten individual darkrooms equipped with either De Vere 203 or 504 colour enlargers.
- Black and White print processing suite for small and deep tank processing.
- Three dedicated full-size studios with backgrounds and Profoto lighting.