In this programme, you will:
- Explore and apply new and convergent technical and practical principles of filmmaking and moving image with photo-video equipment
- Engage with current critical practice and techniques in contemporary still photography
- Respond to set briefs whilst promoting critical reflection and autonomy
- Apply rigorous debate and thoroughly investigate contemporary international theory and practice to develop research skills and articulate knowledge
- Engage in entrepreneurial and research-based live or simulated projects
- Develop advanced skills in contemporary art direction using computer generated imaging and special effects to enhance photographic styling, set design, and pitch ideas to real or fictional clients
- Develop professional portfolios of work informed by artistic, commercial, photographic and video-graphic research, ready for employment or further doctoral study.
Modules that you will study* as part of this course:
• Photo-video Imaging
• Creative Narratives
• Contemporary Debates in Photography Theory and Practice
These modules will develop your understanding of the art of photo-video filmmaking; storytelling through narrative ordering of sequential photographs; and the contemporary debates in theory and practice in the UK and internationally. This will be evidenced in portfolios of work, workbooks and written assignments, and underpins learning in the next trimester.
• Entrepreneurial and Research Projects
• Production and Art Direction
• Research as Critical Practice
These modules are shared across the MA/MFA Design suite and are designed to allow cross-disciplinary dialogue and sharing of ideas, production processes, entrepreneurship and research based thinking, while continuing to develop specific photography skills.
• Research Portfolio in Creative Practice
The Research Portfolio for Creative Practice module allows for in-depth reflection, evaluation and critical investigation of your own design practices and/or that of others in a wide socio-cultural context.
Students continuing onto the MFA will return from their summer break to commence modules in the second year of the programme.
Trimester 1 & 2
• MFA Professional Practice
• MFA Major Project
In the MFA Professional Practice module, under supervision, students will produce a portfolio of professional photography, evidencing skills and critical reflection on their creative practice. The professional portfolio is supported by a reflective report of 5000 words.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake an industry placement for all or part of the module, or a simulated creative-industry practice if work-based learning is not possible. You will identify your own specific contribution to each component of work, while reflecting on your individual and collaborative learning experience.
*Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study. Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.
The programme is available part-time over two years (MA) or four years (MFA). Students studying in this mode are highly valued in the student community and encouraged to participate as fully as possible in programme activities.
Our photography staff team are practitioners and researchers and offer a wide range of knowledge and expertise across art, commercial, portrait, still life, landscape, documentary, filmmaking and photographic history and theory. Our technicians have expertise across traditional darkroom processes and advanced digital workflow.
The programme is led by photo-video and digital artist, Lei Cox. Lei has exhibited photography and video art internationally, curated research and artist exhibitions, worked with large-scale research projects and organised national and international student exhibitions.
He has exhibited in major world galleries such as the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Tel Aviv Museum of Art and has shown extensively in the United Kingdom.