The University is a member of D&AD (Design and Art Direction association) and within undergraduate courses is a member of the Association of Photographers(AOP), The British Institute of Professional Photography and MAGNUM Photographer´s agency. Our course will help you to become versatile and creative in the application of knowledge and practice within the subject area of still and moving image. The course integrates theory and practice across lens-based media, dissolving the traditional boundaries between still and moving image to encourage both original thinking and individuality within a lively, challenging community.
Our academic team comes from a wide range of backgrounds with expertise in analogue photography and digital imaging, filmmaking and scriptwriting, fine art (painting and installation), history and theory. Staff are research-active, and the combination of their skills and experience will ensure an interdisciplinary approach to study, while supporting an integrated and informed student practice.
Applying for a postgraduate taught degree
You´ll normally be expected to have an appropriate undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification, a professional qualification of equal standing, or a substantive portfolio of work at an appropriate level.
Applying for a postgraduate research degree
For MPhil/PhD programmes, we normally expect you to have a first or second class honours degree, a Masters degree from a UK University or qualifications that we consider to be equivalent.
During this stage you will explore contemporary debates and respond critically to visual and written materials, while also reflecting on your own work.
You will study these modules:
Art in Theory
This module will extend your knowledge and understanding of international contemporary fine art through an exploration of recent critical and theoretical debates in the field. It will help you to identify and interrogate your aims and methods for producing and disseminating art by familiarising you with the history and historiography of contemporary art. You will simultaneously enhance your selfawareness as a practitioner of art and develop the theoretical knowledge needed for your independent research project, which is undertaken during the Critical Study module. You will develop research and study skills and an understanding of scholarly conventions and ethical issues. Assessment is by an oral presentation and response to questions (40%) and a revised written and illustrated version of your presentation of approximately 1,500 words (60%).
Reflective Processes in the Visual Arts
This double module introduces you to models of reflective and critical thinking. You will position your work in the context of contemporary practice, ideas, and critical debate, engaging with a process of re-evaluation through both practical and written work.
This stage will see you preparing for the production of a major practical project through stimulating critical debate and reflection.
You will study these modules:
This double module will help you develop the experience, and practical and research skills and methodologies you need to prepare for your final Independent Scholarship module at the MA stage.
You will undertake a critical study of your practice as an emerging artist in relation to the international context of contemporary art. This module will help you extend your knowledge and understanding of art and art theory to an advanced level through scholarly research and production of an extended essay.Situating your practice in the context of artists who share similar preoccupations and within the critical discourses that have interpreted and evaluated such work will enable you to articulate what is original and distinct about your own practice. You will build on knowledge acquired in the Art in Theory module and engage critically with the ideas of cultural authorities – artists, critics, curators, theorists, historians, philosophers, and so
on – in order to explain, justify, and critique the aims and methods of your practice. We will support you in developing research methodologies and research-gathering strategies appropriate to masters level.Study of this module will help you to acquire the language and skills needed to locate and explain your practice in the professional art world.
This stage involves the demonstration of your independent scholarship, realisation and construction of practical work, and reflection on your own practice.
You will study this module:
Independent Scholarship and Critical Reflection
During this triple module you will produce a significant and mature body of practical creative work that demonstrates a realisation of your individual practice and its location within the award you have chosen. This module is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your intellectual and critical awareness, deep engagement with the subject, and an appropriate application of creativity and imagination to the project.
This new post graduate course is guided by the success and career paths of our undergraduate students. Strong employer links have already been established within our courses, which have been designed to take into account the needs of a diverse range of potential employers within the industry. Students also find employment in education, the museums, libraries and archives sector, publishing and broadcasting.
Several students within the undergraduate courses have successfully applied for Enterprise inc cash bursaries of £2,490, along with £3,000 worth of generic and tailored business support to help with the success of their business.
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