Photography MA 2021/22 entry

Course code:

AHT055

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Course code:

AHT055

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Course code:

AHT055

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Overview

The MA Photography course at Coventry University offers an exciting opportunity for emerging practitioners in the field of photography and its associated forms to develop their work via a series of key interrogations.

In providing spaces for exploration and reflection in relation to publics, visual strategies and the contextual location of independent work, the course presents a distinctive way for you to explore the possibilities of your work alongside a longitudinal development of your core practice. The course challenges you to imagine, and work with, new audiences, processes and professional futures in order to enter into a sustainable and flexible career working with images.

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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.

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

Accreditation & Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Management Institute 

Chartered Management Institute 

As part of this course you will undertake a professional development module which is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the 2021-22 intake. Upon successful completion of the module, you will gain the CMI Foundation Charted Manager “fCMgr” at no additional cost. Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules and is regularly reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. Whilst Coventry University anticipates that these reviews will continue to be successful, if they were to be unsuccessful, the relevant module in this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students of this change as soon as possible.

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Course information

The MA Photography course welcomes practitioners with diverse backgrounds and adopts an approach to photography which considers practice not as isolated from associated mediums and methodologies but within an ‘expanded field’ (Baker, 2005).

In this manner, students on the MA Photography may work with archives, produce installation pieces, publish, run collaborative projects and blur traditional genre and medium boundaries. The course has been constructed to provide essential places of experimentation and diversification of skills and knowledge, whilst also encouraging rigour in your practice which leads to its robust situation within social, political, and visual contexts. 

As part of the School of Media and Performing Arts in the Faculty for the Arts and Humanities, the MA in Photography provides points for inter-disciplinary practices to be developed and supported by a range of scholars and practitioners as well as peers working across mediums and fields. Run by the photography team who built an innovative and successful BA course (3 times Guardian no 1 ranked course in the last decade), this MA is able to build upon the many established connections, visiting speakers and resources that make Coventry an ideal place to further your photographic career. The curriculum will challenge and support your existing work, and in a symbiosis of research and practice will engender a robust and rigorous way of working that can be adapted to radically reformulating landscape of photography. 

Modules

Overview

Whether studying full-time over a year, or part-time over two years, you will be presented with a series of modules which will highlight particular areas of photographic practice, and encourage the development of a unique practice. Each semester students will study one core photographic module, one collaborative module and one longitudinal project-based module, with each dovetailing with the others. This approach will see opportunities for experimentation, research, interdisciplinary working and production in each and every semester.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    Objects, Spaces and Boundaries 
    Photography and Publics  
    Photographic Situations 

  • Semester 2

    Research Methods 
    Final Major Project: Research and Planning 
    Final Major Project: Production and Sharing 

  • Semester 3

    Collaborative Community project 
    Collaborative Enterprise Project 
    Collaborative Social Challenge Project

    CMI

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

Course priorities and principles

Beyond the Academy 

Vital to the BA Photography, and a strand that runs through the MA, is the premise that a text is a thing in the world and thus, that students need to take seriously their relationship to specific audiences and contexts, as well as public testing of their work. At several points in the course there shall be opportunities for students to publish their work, as well as two modules which will deal robustly with the situation of work, and publishing models.  

Intersections and Interstices  

The course takes as a central theme the notion that the intersections and resulting interstices in which life and art operate, produce some of the most rewarding, challenging and profound moments we experience. So not only does this course eschew strict categorisation or medium-specific rules, it actively seeks out the edges, boundaries and liminal spaces of photography as an expanded field. Students who wish to publish the work of other practitioners, those who exclusively use found imagery and those for whom the process trumps outcome, will all be accommodated and encouraged. This is not only a theoretical principle of the course design but imbedded in the curriculum – reflecting the Interdisciplinarity required in preparing you for fluid portfolio careers in the creative industries.  

Negotiated Learning  

The nature of the course encourages diverse interpretations of photography and its associated mediums, so it is important that there are spaces for negotiated learning and with it, negotiated assessment. You will be considered co-constructors of your learning. This is manifested not only in choices available in core modules (in the form of submission), but also in self-selection of learning resources, opportunities and tutors. In Photography and Publics as well as Objects, Spaces and Boundaries, there are points at which you are able to devise your timetable to suit the submission you are working to, which in turn can reflect the point of your MA at which you study these modules. 

You will engage with a series of different learning activities and resources which include lectures, seminars, workshops and group critiques. In addition, the individual tutorial is central to the course ethos as it allows staff and students the opportunity to discuss the individual development, difficulties and possibilities of specific projects.

A variety of assessment types are included on the course so as to facilitate your development into a professional world which may demand work to be presented, formatted, proposed or submitted in different forms. You will present verbally as well as visually, will submit essays, take part in Q&A sessions and also have the opportunity to define your own forms of submission in several modules. All modules will provide you with formative, as well as summative, feedback to aid your progression through the module and understanding of your own development.

On successful completion of the course you will be able to

  1. Identify, define and propose a creative and original body of work which is supported by advanced research and contextual understanding. 
  2. Critically analyse photographs as well as their modes of production and display in socio-political contexts associated with a chosen field of photographic practice.
  3. Engage with a robust critical-creative process and apply advanced technical and methodological skills specific to the creation of photographic work.  
  4. Experiment with, and critically evaluate, a variety of means by which photographic work can be communicated to identified audiences. 
  5. Demonstrate the ability to work with, and synthesize, complex themes across written, oral and visual outputs.  
  6. Collaborate with practitioners in associated fields to respond creatively to stimuli that relates to socio-political, technological and artistic environments.
  7. Explore and evaluate the creative, technical and business opportunities arising in the global cultural industries for their photographic practice, and integrate these into their project, business or career aims. 

In a typical week you will have approximately 8 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down into a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical workshops each week with focused tutor contact The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 300 hours of self-directed study each semester, e.g. working on course assignments, group project activities, reading and maintaining your own public facing digital profile.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

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 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016

12

global programmes

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


Entry Requirements

Applicants to this Master’s degree should normally 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 to be documented in their application statement, as per below.

Candidates with professional/industrial experience, and/or other relevant training and experience may be admitted with lower qualifications.

Non-traditional entry students are welcome: applicants without formal qualifications but professional/industrial experience may be admitted on the basis of interview and submission of supporting material (see below).

Each application will be required to include a ‘statement of intent’ (500), and applicants may be required to provide other supporting material, e.g. full marks/results records, or examples of their practical, professional or academic work. Eligible applicants will be interviewed by videoconferencing.

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Applicants to this Master’s degree should normally 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 to be documented in their application statement, as per below. Candidates with professional/industrial experience, and/or other relevant training and experience may be admitted with lower qualifications.

Non-traditional entry students are welcome: applicants without formal qualifications but professional/industrial experience may be admitted on the basis of interview and submission of supporting material (see below).

Each application will be required to include a ‘statement of intent’ (500), and applicants may be required to provide other supporting material, e.g. full marks/results records, or examples of their practical, professional or academic work. Eligible applicants will be interviewed by videoconferencing.

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

 

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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 this Master’s degree should normally 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 to be documented in their application statement, as per below. Candidates with professional/industrial experience, and/or other relevant training and experience may be admitted with lower qualifications.

Non-traditional entry students are welcome: applicants without formal qualifications but professional/industrial experience may be admitted on the basis of interview and submission of supporting material (see below).

Each application will be required to include a ‘statement of intent’ (500), and applicants may be required to provide other supporting material, e.g. full marks/results records, or examples of their practical, professional or academic work. Eligible applicants will be interviewed by videoconferencing.

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

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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


September 2021

£10,400 (full course fee)


UK 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


September 2021

£16,600 (full course fee)


Scholarships

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

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£16,600 (full course fee)


Scholarships

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

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

The need for our graduates to leave as confident and enterprising practitioners is particularly important when entering sectors such as the creative industries.

The postgraduate cluster module Collaborative Enterprise Project will challenge you to directly apply your skills across disciplines in a commercial context including the process of bid writing, pitching and self-promotion. It will also offer support on establishing and operating under different business models, including freelance working, with support from the CU Talent team. More broadly across the scheme, you will work holistically to develop ‘soft-skills’ in creativity, collaborative project management, production workflows, financial management, ethics management and the sharing of knowledge via public events. These skills and the experienced gained on the course will aid you in finding work in careers which span the arts and media, from freelance photographers and curators to teachers, writers and publishers.

Where our graduates work

Students from the BA Photography course have gone on to work in a variety of environments including curating, arts management, teaching, publishing and editing as well as many students who work independently as photographers, videographers, retouchers and agents.

What our students say...

I’ve really enjoyed to see my development as a photographer. Through access to a range of technical support and equipment I have been able to develop new approaches that have come to be a big part of my practice. The research I’ve done has expanded my mind and opened me up for a range of different directions 

Johann Kööp, Photography BA graduate 
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.