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Full-time

1 year

Campus

Brayford Pool

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Course Code

DGIMPHMA

MA Photography

Students can collaborate with our experienced staff and their fellow students to develop their own creative style

Key Information

Full-time

1 year

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

DGIMPHMA

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

Clementine Monro - Programme Leader

Clementine Monro - Programme Leader

Clementine Monro has worked as a commercial photographer in the United Arab Emirates for companies such as Swarovski, Marriot International Hotel Group, and Dubai Heritage, as well as English Heritage in the UK. She has published work that explores the relationship between photography and absence as experienced in architectural ruin. In addition, Clementine is currently creating ongoing practice and research that explores trace, memory and the ephemeral.

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Welcome to MA Photography

This Master’s programme provides the opportunity to experiment with new photographic processes and to explore photography as a tool to engage and stimulate social thinking.

While the photographic image remains fundamental to your study, the focus of this programme is social, cultural, and political. To support your ongoing practice in photographic exhibition and scholarly research, the course includes seminars on cultural, media and philosophical theory, talks by visiting practitioners, group debates about different methodologies, and workshops on photographic technique.

You will be encouraged to learn from, and collaborate with, experienced staff and your fellow students in order to develop your own creative style.

How You Study

The taught aspect of the course is structured around two 12-week terms comprised of workshops, lectures, seminars, and group critiques, with an additional emphasis on self-directed study.

For the majority of the course, students will typically be expected to attend timetabled classes one day a week. Outside of that time, there will be further opportunities to attend tutorials, workshops, screenings etc. In the final term, where you will be expected to focus on the development of your creative practice, tutorials and other contact time will be arranged to accommodate the complexities of producing a body of work for exhibition.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

Following confirmation of progression to this final module, you will have the opportunity to further extend the processes developed throughout Photographic Practice: 1 and 2. Here, you will have the opportunity to undertake a concerned period of focused study on their practice leading towards a final exhibition of work or publication of work. It is the aim of this module that you bring together and utilise the various skills, methods and approaches you have developed throughout the course as a whole.

Module Overview

This module is designed to tackle critically the current disintegration between discrete media forms. It recognises that long established boundaries between modes, practices and conventions of media have become diffuse. Where, in the past, individual media forms were comfortably self-contained and distinctive, today these forms are experienced as a type of informational content that we access on multiple devices and in multiple contexts. The module understands contemporary media to be a complex, entangled ‘ecology’, a dynamic system in which any one product, device or image is always multiply connected, and in which our use of such media is necessarily informed by such connections. It insists that media activity is informed by a pattern of relations between individuals, political and economic institutions, commercial brands, and technologies.

Module Overview

This module is designed to take the form of a reading group in which discussions revolve around close readings of selected texts. The module aims to identify a small number of new and recent texts of importance to emergent lines of inquiry in contemporary media and cultural scholarship. Specifically, these readings provide the opportunity to extend and deepen our understanding of ecological perspectives on media, which can provide points of entry into debates relevant to this focus.

Module Overview

This module introduces thinking about and making photographic work that opposes its conventional role in recording, classifying and organising society as subjects and objects. You will have the opportunity to explore the creation of photographic work in relation to society. From the outset, you will be required to critically and reflexively examine your own practice, specifically in order to explore ways in which photography can break free of ‘fixing’ society, to avoid representing society as something ‘out there’, something the photographer visits but does not inhabit, captures but does not experience.

Module Overview

This module aims to directly extend the processes implemented in Photographic Practice: 1. You will have the opportunity to develop and enhance your ability to employ photography as a social and political tool.

Module Overview

This module aims to critically examine the social, cultural and political implications of everyday experience unique to the 21st Century. It looks at to how these implications are mediated and expressed in popular culture, dominant discourse and creative practice. It is investigative rather than instructive and takes as its focus topics relevant to contemporary social life, including, for example, debt, conflict, global civil unrest, network culture, ideas of the future, utopia and dystopia. You will be encouraged to experiment with various ways of exploring such topics, both individually and collaboratively, and through the development of modes of inquiry which overcome false divisions between theory and practice.

Module Overview

This module examines the specific social, cultural and political implications of everyday life in the 21st Century. It will aim to do this by attending to the expression and mediation of these issues in popular culture, dominant discourse and creative practice.

Module Overview

This module provides the opportunity to develop an understanding of the structures of media systems regionally, nationally and globally, with a specific focus on private and public funding sources and the organisation of media production, distribution and exhibition for traditional as well as new media platforms and outlets. The module will be organised around discussion and examination of: - UK creative industries and their relation to global media systems and markets. - Existing media markets and the identification of future markets - The development of new media technologies and their impact on media markets - Normative practices operating in media corporations and small and media sized businesses - Case studies of innovation and creativity in media production. The module will also have contributions from visiting media professionals.

† 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

There is continuous assessment throughout. The various modules will be assessed through production projects/portfolios/exhibitions, presentations, production research with critical evaluation, and essays.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

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, you 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.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

First or upper second class honours degree in a media-related subject or equivalent experience in a related industry.

We welcome students from a multiplicity of backgrounds, meaning that these qualifications and professional experiences need not have been gained in the field of photography.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

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. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Days Taught

This programme is taught on Wednesdays and students should expect to receive 8 hours of contact time. As a general rule, students are also expected to complete 3-4 hours of independent study per contact hour.

Interviews

All applicants will be invited to an interview in the form of an informal conversation, which may be held via Skype or similar remote means if necessary.

We welcome students who are keen to join us in exploring three key areas:

  • Photography in a 'media ecological' context

We aim to focus on the relations between technical, social, and political processes of mediation. We are interested in photography?s entangled role as part of a dynamic system in which image production and consumption is informed by a pattern of relations between individuals, political and economic institutions, and commercial brands. This means we also approach photography as something with affective consequences which influences the way we live.

  • The role of photography in the 21st Century

We are interested in making creative work that is attuned to the concerns of the present and opens up and challenges present assumptions. You will have the chance to interrogate the work of others against these criteria. Yet by focusing on the critical importance of the 21st Century we do not advocate a historical approach, we see photography as a tool to perceive history as the means to bringing the past into the present?s critical context.

  • Photography as a socially-engaged practice

Examining photography in terms of relationships and processes is designed to ensure that our students are less fixated on individual self-expression and more decisively engaged in collaboration. Students embarking on this MA will have the opportunity to explore how photography can do something more than represent social dynamics. You have the chance to explore photography as a device of both artistic and social engagement, and employ photographic mediation as a way to make things happen

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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Career Opportunities

The course aims to develop the technical and critical-thinking skills that can prepare students for careers in a variety of creative industry sectors. Graduates have gone on to work as independent photographers, in arts organisations or on to careers in academia. Some choose to undertake study and research at doctoral level.

This course recognises that photography is no longer the exclusive preserve of photographers. Image making has become diffuse, it has crossed boundaries, it has been drawn into many diverse fields of employment. Accordingly, the value of the various skills and experience that you have the opportunity to develop throughout this MA may not be limited to work in the field of photography but could be valued within any number of employment sectors.

By encouraging you to embark upon and develop a socially-engaged practice, we hope to inspire you to develop new relationships with communities, organisations, and individuals.

Related Courses

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.
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