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Photography and Collaboration MA 2017/18 entry

Course code:

AHT013

Study options:

2 years part-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

Our Photography and Collaboration MA focuses explicitly on socially-engaged, participatory, and collaborative photographic practices.

In recent years, collaborative photographic practices have taken centre stage within the arts and other forms of cultural production and research. As contemporary photographers are increasingly using collaborative methodologies – inviting individuals and communities to share in the making of photographic works – this course offers a unique opportunity to explore lens-based forms of socially-engaged practice with internationally regarded artists and a consortium of industry partners across the UK and around the world.

Open to students from a range of backgrounds and professional disciplines, this course has been designed for photographic practitioners, but it is also appropriate for people wanting to work with photography, community, and collaboration in other ways, such as activists, community organisers, social workers, educators, cultural institution and gallery-based engagement, and education programme managers.

Through an immersive blend of independent research, critical analysis, intensive practical delivery, and self-directed experiential learning, the MA Photography and Collaboration provides a unique opportunity to explore practical, ethical and representational issues involved in working within the dynamic field of collaborative photographic practices.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

Throughout your studies, we will endeavour to support you in identifying, initiating and developing work made in community or collaborative contexts.

You will be mentored and supported by accomplished practitioners from diverse disciplinary areas, but will also play an active role in shaping your curriculum, with opportunities for field trips, artist talks, studio visits and multi-location learning, as well as local and international partnerships, embedded within the course. On successful completion of the course, you will have produced bodies of work, participated in public exhibitions and other events, and created written texts that contextualise your own practice within the field.

The course structure incorporates modules which are grouped into three primary areas: conceptual foundations, methodological experimentation, and professional enhancement. This conceptual underpinning prepares you to reflect critically on practices and frameworks relevant to your own work, while you develop your own collaborative projects through intensive, immersive laboratories, and the completion of major projects. The professional modules can prepare you to be innovative, research-informed practitioners able to succeed in your chosen fields of employment.

A range of disciplines, genres and contexts will be examined throughout the course, including socially engaged art, cultural activism, public art, visual anthropology, collectives, progressive education, performance and community photography. Connected learning through social media and online platforms, videoconferencing, and other web-based communication technologies allows the course to activate global networks of diverse and multidisciplinary industry experts. The scope and duration of the course supports this aim, as well as facilitating a long-term approach to working with community, or in partnerships, which is a vital aspect of a successful socially engaged practice.

You will be encouraged to develop projects that deepen your interests and ideas, and can play an active role in the shaping of the curriculum as embedded within the easily personalised course structure are opportunities for field trips, artist talks, studio visits and multi-location learning, as well as local and international partnership. This, in combination with highly flexible assessment forms, allows a significant capacity for self-directing the shape of your own educational outcomes.

On successful completion of the course, you should have produced bodies of work through partnerships, had the opportunity to participated in public presentations of work, and created written texts that contextualise your own practice within this field. Through the development and implementation of individual projects, you will have had the opportunity to galvanize an innovative, research-informed and ethically responsive practice that will leverage your employability in your chosen community of practice.

Modules

Overview

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester One

    • Foundations and Negotiations
    • Professional Practices
    • Dialogue and Documentation
  • Semester Two

    • Immersion (Major Project Phase One)

     

  • Semester Three

    • Realisation (Major Project Phase Two)
    • Publications

In more detail...

The MA Photography and Collaboration is a two-year, part-time course offered with flexible residency options in tandem with a series of partnerships with national and international industry leaders.

The delivery of teaching and learning activities on the course is designed to be flexible, through both classroom and online attendance as per the needs of individual students. Through hangouts, social media platforms, and webcam video conferencing technologies, you will have the option to participate in whichever way you are able, dependent on your geographical location, life circumstances and what works best for the development of your practice at that particular time. This versatile curriculum design means the course can be completed entirely online, onsite, or a mix of both.

On-site students (whether located locally, or visiting) also have opportunities to access and use equipment, studios, darkrooms and other resources. They are also able to access induction workshops provided by the School of Media and Performing Arts, as well as technical support, including specialist photographic workshops in areas such as photo-based software, book making, lighting, digital printing and black and white darkroom.

Coursework is assessed using a variety of methods including: oral/written presentations; critical theoretical writing; the production of creative works; public-facing presentations and exhibitions; project proposals; blogs; project reports; portfolios; research and development journals; and other relevant professional portfolios and publications.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Presentations and portfolios of practical work: 70%
  • Research papers, essays and critical writing: 30%

70% assessed by practical work

Teaching contact hours on this course take into consideration that much student guidance is tailored, individual, research-led, and time-intensive, and to accommodate the emphasis on field work, studio visits, and self-guided work. Some of the modules are delivered in intensive blocks, with individual tutorials to support practical and written submissions. Other modules are designed to facilitate collaborative learning amongst the student cohort and with industry partners.

You should have opportunities to come into contact with a variety of international guest artists and speakers across all modules on the course.  Additionally, international field trips to participate in key industry events regularly take place, and we regularly work with a consortium of national and international industry partners to host workshops, talks and other professional activities for you to take part in to help you develop your practice.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MA Photography and Collaboration should typically possess a good honours degree (2:1 or equivalent). If the degree is in an unrelated subject, applicants need to demonstrate relevant industry knowledge and experience in their application statement, as per below. All applicants – home, EU, and overseas – will be required to provide a project proposal (500 words for applicants meeting all admission criteria, 1,500 words for applicants using APL/APEL), as well as a portfolio of examples of practical, professional or academic work. Applicants may be required to provide other supporting material, e.g. full marks/results records. All eligible applicants will be interviewed by videoconferencing (e.g. via Google Hangouts, or Skype).

Candidates without a good honours degree, but with substantial professional/industrial experience, and/or other relevant training and experience may be admitted with lower qualifications.

Those with relevant experience are encouraged to apply for admission with advanced standing through Accreditation of Prior Learning or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning, where appropriate. Students entering with advanced standing will be advised of the procedure for claiming accreditation of prior experience or learning, and of the regulations governing the amount of credit that can be claimed (see below). Advice will also be given on the extent of the match between their experience/learning and the relevant course outcomes.

You may be required to purchase and use a range of consumables relevant to your practice. In addition, you may require your own server space for web hosting. All other required equipment can be loaned from the Media Loan Shop (MLS) in the Ellen Terry building, if based in the UK. We expect all students with a professional background and ambitions to have access to their own equipment relevant to their chosen specialism.

There is no dictated form for any of the project-based outcomes, and students need to negotiate using diverse materials and equipment, as suitable to the conceptual foundation of each project. It would be conceivable for this to range from disposable cameras and photographic artefacts to professional equipment. This genre has a rich tradition of leveraging available resources, and the course team emphasises the value of this as a skill, to enhance adaptability and resourcefulness, with students being guided to plan practical work that they can complete relying on accessible equipment only. Any coursework production plans relying on external funding or facilities are expected to include contingency plans that meet the Module Learning Outcomes in equal measure.

Portfolio

Non-traditional entry students are also welcome; applicants without formal qualifications, but professional/industrial experience may be admitted; on the basis of interview and submission of supporting material (project proposal and portfolio) within their application.

Applicants to the MA Photography and Collaboration should typically possess a good honours degree (2:1 or equivalent). If the degree is in an unrelated subject, applicants need to demonstrate relevant industry knowledge and experience in their application statement, as per below. All applicants – home, EU, and overseas – will be required to provide a project proposal (500 words for applicants meeting all admission criteria, 1,500 words for applicants using APL/APEL), as well as a portfolio of examples of practical, professional or academic work. Applicants may be required to provide other supporting material, e.g. full marks/results records. All eligible applicants will be interviewed by videoconferencing (e.g. via Google Hangouts, or Skype).

Candidates without a good honours degree, but with substantial professional/industrial experience, and/or other relevant training and experience may be admitted with lower qualifications.

Those with relevant experience are encouraged to apply for admission with advanced standing through Accreditation of Prior Learning or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning, where appropriate. Students entering with advanced standing will be advised of the procedure for claiming accreditation of prior experience or learning, and of the regulations governing the amount of credit that can be claimed (see below). Advice will also be given on the extent of the match between their experience/learning and the relevant course outcomes.

You may be required to purchase and use a range of consumables relevant to your practice. In addition, you may require your own server space for web hosting. All other required equipment can be loaned from the Media Loan Shop (MLS) in the Ellen Terry building, if based in the UK. We expect all students with a professional background and ambitions to have access to their own equipment relevant to their chosen specialism.

There is no dictated form for any of the project-based outcomes, and students need to negotiate using diverse materials and equipment, as suitable to the conceptual foundation of each project. It would be conceivable for this to range from disposable cameras and photographic artefacts to professional equipment. This genre has a rich tradition of leveraging available resources, and the course team emphasises the value of this as a skill, to enhance adaptability and resourcefulness, with students being guided to plan practical work that they can complete relying on accessible equipment only. Any coursework production plans relying on external funding or facilities are expected to include contingency plans that meet the Module Learning Outcomes in equal measure.

Students for whom English is not their first language should meet the appropriate English language standards (e.g. IELTS 6.5 of all aspects, or evidence of equivalent standards, both written and verbal/interview).

 

Portfolio

Non-traditional entry students are also welcome; applicants without formal qualifications, but professional/industrial experience may be admitted; on the basis of interview and submission of supporting material (project proposal and portfolio) within their application.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 in all component. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants to the MA Photography and Collaboration should typically possess a good honours degree (2:1 or equivalent). If the degree is in an unrelated subject, applicants need to demonstrate relevant industry knowledge and experience in their application statement, as per below. All applicants – home, EU, and overseas – will be required to provide a project proposal (500 words for applicants meeting all admission criteria, 1,500 words for applicants using APL/APEL), as well as a portfolio of examples of practical, professional or academic work. Applicants may be required to provide other supporting material, e.g. full marks/results records. All eligible applicants will be interviewed by videoconferencing (e.g. via Google Hangouts, or Skype).

Candidates without a good honours degree, but with substantial professional/industrial experience, and/or other relevant training and experience may be admitted with lower qualifications.

Those with relevant experience are encouraged to apply for admission with advanced standing through Accreditation of Prior Learning or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning, where appropriate. Students entering with advanced standing will be advised of the procedure for claiming accreditation of prior experience or learning, and of the regulations governing the amount of credit that can be claimed (see below). Advice will also be given on the extent of the match between their experience/learning and the relevant course outcomes.

You may be required to purchase and use a range of consumables relevant to your practice. In addition, you may require your own server space for web hosting. All other required equipment can be loaned from the Media Loan Shop (MLS) in the Ellen Terry building, if based in the UK. We expect all students with a professional background and ambitions to have access to their own equipment relevant to their chosen specialism.

There is no dictated form for any of the project-based outcomes, and students need to negotiate using diverse materials and equipment, as suitable to the conceptual foundation of each project. It would be conceivable for this to range from disposable cameras and photographic artefacts to professional equipment. This genre has a rich tradition of leveraging available resources, and the course team emphasises the value of this as a skill, to enhance adaptability and resourcefulness, with students being guided to plan practical work that they can complete relying on accessible equipment only. Any coursework production plans relying on external funding or facilities are expected to include contingency plans that meet the Module Learning Outcomes in equal measure.

Students for whom English is not their first language should meet the appropriate English language standards (e.g. IELTS 6.5 of all aspects, or evidence of equivalent standards, both written and verbal/interview).

Portfolio

Non-traditional entry students are also welcome; applicants without formal qualifications, but professional/industrial experience may be admitted; on the basis of interview and submission of supporting material (project proposal and portfolio) within their application.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 in all component. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£8,993 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£8,993 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£8,993 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Regardless of your specific intentions, circumstances, or background, the MA Photography and Collaboration aims to allow students to define and work towards attainment of your goals, enhance employability, widen global community of practice, and gain a qualification that supports obtainment of successful career ambitions.

The course structure incorporates modules which are grouped into three primary areas: conceptual foundations, methodological experimentation, and professional enhancement. This conceptual underpinning prepares you to reflect critically on practices and frameworks relevant to your work while you develop collaborative projects through intensive, immersive laboratories, and the completion of major projects. The professional modules help prepare you to be innovative research-informed practitioners able to succeed in your chosen field of employment.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.