Research Methods for Creative Arts Practice - introduces you to the nature and scope of research, the role that research plays in the creative process, and the ways in which you might seek to find creative solutions within your work. You will be supported in developing an understanding of the precedents, frameworks and debates that form the nature and context for photography. A series of structured learning activities provide a multi-disciplinary platform that supports you in extending and developing your portfolio of research skills as a key asset for your studies as a whole, and in your future career.
Photographic Context and Analysis - introduces you to a rigorous and structured approach to writing critically about your own practice. Working through a number of stages, you will learn to develop written work that is informed, meaningful and relevant.
Practical Perspectives - challenges your existing knowledge and experience of photographic image making. This module investigates how meaning can be shaped and communicated through photography. The module runs as a thirty-credit module in term one for full-time students, and as two fifteen-credit modules in terms one and two for part-time students.
Negotiated Photographic Assignment - focuses on photographic production and forms the preliminary investigation for your Major Project. It will see you continue to develop your own practice within an environment of critical debate by extending your photographic imaging skills, independent judgement and visual sensibility as well as you aesthetic and technical self-sufficiency ability.
Professional Practice - offers the opportunity to develop key professional skills. It has a particular emphasis on the way your work and ideas can be developed and promoted through the many opportunities within the creative industries.
The final stage of your Photography MA provides the opportunity for advanced self-directed practice and research, in a self-identified specialised area of photographic production. You will develop the ability to use your own initiative when making decisions in complex, and sometimes unpredictable, situations, while gaining new insights in your field of study.
You will be expected to show originality in the application of knowledge alongside an ability to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively. Being able to make sound judgments in the absence of complete data and demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems are also important as is the ability to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks. Finally, you need to demonstrate the essential skills for employment as well as for continuing professional and personal development.
The Major Project normally builds on the practical investigations undertaken in previous practical modules and runs over one term for full-time students and two terms for part-time students.