In an industry full of amateurs, adding a master’s in Photography (Visual Communication) to your CV can be invaluable in proving you have the necessary skills to take on commissions and contracts, exhibit your work and gain employment. A master’s degree from the University of Hertfordshire, delivered 100% online by IDI, will not only prove your professionalism, but will also enable you to learn about different approaches to your photography practice. At the end of the course, as well as an MA in Photography (Visual Communication), you will have a portfolio that will represent your individual talent and a well rounded knowledge of the contemporary photography industry.
What does the Course Involve?
Over the duration of the MA Photography (Visual Communication) course, you will learn about the photography industry in a global context and within the context of art and design practice in general. You will also consider photography as relevant to your own individual practice and interest with a particular focus on one genre, for example, fine art contemporary photography, documentary photography, photojournalism, editorial photography, fashion photography or contemporary advertising photography. Over the duration of the course you will:
- Experiment with new techniques and develop a thoughtful and creative approach to image making
- Sustain a body of work, for example, a collection of work for exhibition, a photo book project or photographs to be included in a multimedia storytelling documentary
- Work towards creating an in-depth and cohesive portfolio
- Learn about the history and contemporary practice of photography and integrate the theory you have learned into your own practice
Research and Creative Industries Modules
As part of the Postgraduate Art and Design programme you will be required to study common modules alongside postgraduate students from a variety of related disciplines. However, you will be encouraged to approach these modules from the aspect of your own photography practice and to share your knowledge of this industry with the rest of your cohort within online discussions. The common modules are:
- Postgraduate Study in Context
- Research and Practice
- Creative Industries: Global Perspectives
- Critical Studies
- Creative Industries: Business Perspectives
- Creative Industries: Professional Presentations
In addition to the common modules listed above, you will be required to take the following modules that will focus on your own photography practice:
- Practice 1: Art and Design
- Practice 2: Art and Design
- Major Study
During Practice 1 and 2 you will develop your proposal for your Major Study project, which will demonstrate everything you have learned during the entirety of your postgraduate studies.
To be eligible to enter the Postgraduate Art and Design Programme you would normally have an honours degree (2:2 or above) in a field relevant to photography. If you do not have a degree, you will need to show you have appropriate professional experience and skills to benefit from the course.
We may also take into account accredited prior learning (APL) or accredited prior experiential learning (APEL). If your degree is in a different field, you will need appropriate knowledge, skills or experience in the field you wish to study, or be able to show that you are prepared for intensive new learning.
In all cases you will need to demonstrate, through a portfolio and personal statement, your preparedness for study at postgraduate level. Once you apply, you will have access to our online Admissions area, where a member of the Admissions team will advise and guide you through the application process. Applying is free of charge and after applying, you are not committed to enrolling on the Postgraduate Programme or paying any fees.
If your first language is not English, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. Contact us for further details.
This programme is subject to the university's Principles, Policies, Regulations and Procedures for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes and will take account of university policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL).
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Last updated September 28, 2017