Graeme Oxby - Programme Leader
Documentary and portrait photographer Graeme Oxby concentrates on aspects of class politics, entertainment, and religion in the UK and abroad. Graeme has been a creative professional since the late 1980s based in London, Dublin, and Manchester, making music videos and commercials as well as TV and film commissions. He also travelled widely on assignments from Angola and Mozambique to the former Soviet Union, The Far East, and North and Central America. He was Artistic Director of The Hull International Photography Festival in 2015 and was commissioned by Hull City of Culture 2017 to deliver the Hull Beermat Photography Festival with winners chosen by Martin Parr. Graeme has been regularly published in national and international publications including Stern, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vice, Huck Magazine, Metro, BBC, and The Times Literary Supplement.Academic Staff List Make an Enquiry
Welcome to MA Photography (Online)
Photography plays a key role in the artistic, media, cultural, academic, and commercial sectors of the creative industries, and forms an integral part of the key critical debates of the 21st Century. MA Photography (online) aims to enable graduates to develop a highly distinctive creative voice to define and lead the wide range of global artistic, commercial, and academic opportunities that this growing field can offer.
The programme is delivered entirely using online tools enabling students to access course content through the tried and tested Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment. Through five modules, students will develop a thorough understanding of the key and continuing theoretical and critical issues and research methodologies that underpin contemporary photography and apply them to their own practical project work.
The course is designed to enable students to explore, take risks, and cultivate ideas within a structured and supportive environment led by experienced and award-winning practitioners and academics. There is an emphasis on regular feedback from staff, collaborative exploration, together with peer review and feedback. Careful consideration has been given to cultivating an online community of learners who can work together to realise their ideas and ambitions.
Professional practice is embedded within the course at every stage, and the module 'Collaborative Photography Practice' will enable students to work with external organisations and companies, forming productive relationships which are related to assessment. These skills are transferrable to a wide range of related creative industries, all of which require people who are agile in their thinking, can recognise relationships between different contexts, and can apply themselves either individually or as part of a team.
If you have any questions about the programme, please contact the MA Photography (online) Programme Leader, Graeme Oxby, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How You Study
The course is delivered part time over two years and is designed for students to fit in their teaching and learning around other commitments. Reduced timetabled teaching in the summer term gives students the opportunity and time to make their work.
The programme is taught by practice-engaged staff, with a range of industry experience, as well as research active critical theory staff, currently researching and publishing in the field. In addition, we will be working with an evolving group of highly experienced guest lecturers; and practising professionals that bring industry perspectives and richness of experience to the course. Guest lecturers may include photographers, curators, publishers, and commercial commissioners.
The programme will utilise innovative online teaching practices supported by existing digital tools, with the aim of fostering accessibility and inclusivity. We will be employing a combination of asynchronous and synchronous lectures which will also be recorded to offer flexibility and enable students to revisit lecture content in their own time.
In addition, there will be some online seminars which are scheduled next to the lectures on the timetable to ensure students are able to explore and discuss lecture content with staff and fellow students.
Individual and group tutorials will be employed to fully support students to complete assessments and to develop an advanced final major photography project.
The course supports students to develop into independent practitioners who evolve their own specialisms and areas of interest as they increase their skills, knowledge, and confidence. Students will have a high degree of autonomy in deciding the basis and form of the work they are making.
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How you are assessed
All assessments draw on the outcomes detailed within assignment briefs, framed to facilitate understanding, knowledge, creativity and to develop subject specific, intellectual, and transferable skills, demonstrated through the submission of practical projects and written assignments.
Assessment methods include portfolios of practice-based work, exhibitions of practice (online and physical), written work of different lengths, a symposium, short critical reviews, individual and group presentations (oral and supported by various technologies), participation in a student exhibition, participation in a collaborative project, self and peer evaluation, presentations of work in progress and completed work, contributions to a group blog, group and individually produced photography artefacts, case studies, and critical reflection.
Collaborative working is a key feature of the programme. Students will be supported in developing their teamworking skills and the programme actively works to develop a sense of creative collaboration essential to being able to work in the creative industries.
There will be opportunities to collaborate with industry and to engage with industry professionals, raising student confidence and employability. A programme of guest lectures will include visiting lecturers who offer experienced perspectives and strategies for developing relevant contemporary photography projects.
For the final major project module in second year, students will be expected to take part in a project pitch event where they are matched to a member of photography staff who will guide them for the rest of the year. We have a wide range of research and practice interests and specialisms across the staff team from documentary, fine art, post-photography, environmental, and portraiture.
The learning environment is designed to encourage experimentation in order to develop academic and practical skills, empowering students with the confidence to participate critically and creatively in the study and practice of photography.
Students have access to industry-standard Adobe Creative Suite digital tools for the duration of their studies. All other costs associated with studying on the course are at the student’s own expense.
In the module 'Collaborative Photography Practice' you will source and engage with a live brief from a real-world client as a framework for exploring collaboration through commercial or socially engaged photography. You will have the opportunity to develop extensive working knowledge and practical understanding of contemporary collaborative practice and future employment opportunities within photography and related creative industries. You will produce a personal journal to take forward into the second year professional practice module.
Applicants will be invited to submit a portfolio of practical work for consideration. The programme leader will then arrange an online call to discuss your application and your ambitions for your time on the course and beyond. This would normally take between 30 and 60 minutes.
Entry Requirements 2022-23
A minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent professional experience.
If you have studied outside of the UK and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.
Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English language requirements page.
If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses.
These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.
Fees and Funding
For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.