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Photography MA

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 17 months 3–5 days per week September 2018
Part time 29 months 1–3 days a week September 2018

Choose Kingston's Photography MA

Francesco Rocchi Beauty Masks 2017On the MA in Photography at Kingston School of Art you will embark on a fascinating journey that employs creativity, practical skills and theory. You will develop a major body of practical work for exhibition and publication over the duration of the course in a supportive and dynamic environment in the Department of Film and Photography.

You will develop your own practice-led research, and share with us an enquiry into the expanded definition of the photographic medium in a variety of forms including analogue and digital, new media and technology, still and moving image, installation, performance and engagements with the archive.

In exploring the photographic medium we encourage a rich interdisciplinary approach that crosses the boundaries between forms, disciplines and subject matters. Our modules are designed to help you become an independent practitioner who is able to speak across a range of practices and theories and find your own practically resolved and theoretically informed practice. Your aesthetics and ethics will be challenged by reflections upon the technological, political, environmental and social role of the photographic with your journey culminating in a final show at an Art School that has been cultivating creativity since 1890.

John Rovira, Venus Flytrap, 2015See examples of the work that our students have produced in their Photography MA over the last few years. Also see the exhibition of student work.

Key features

  • Unique course ethos with highly tailored and bespoke support to build student's self -confidence and evolving practice and enble students to take on ambitious projects and ownership of their ideas.
  • Practice is underpinned by a thorough grounding in contemporary critical theory related to photographic and visual culture as a catalyst for interdisciplinary exchange and debate. 
  • Supported by a team of research-active academic and technical staff.
  • Luisa Riekes Under Deceptive Progress 2017Access to new state-of-the art photo facilities including analogue and digital suites, wet darkroom, professional photo studios, finishing and demonstration area and camera store. In addition, you will have access to new film and animation suites, bookmaking, printmaking and 3-D workshops.
  • Opportunity to exhibit your work and take part in off-site visits to galleries, photography festivals and other cultural spaces, as well as study tours.

What will you study?

The course ethos is to build students self -confidence over the duration of the course and enable students to take on ambitious projects and ownership of their ideas.

On the course photography is understood as a medium in its widest sense (analogue and digital, new media and technology, still and moving image, installation, performance and engagements with the archive) with the course located within the new department of film and photography in one of the oldest art schools in the UK. Students on the MA have access to all art school workshops including 3-D sculpture, printmaking, animation, bookmaking as well as our new state-of-the art film and photo facilities. The working agenda is towards experimentation and expanded boundaries of the photographic with students practice evolving in diverse ways.

Juan S Ochoa, Self-portrait, Bogota 1993, 2015Students are taught to research and conceptualise their work so that it is both rigorous and reflectively informed. The range of critical theory introduced is not limited to discussions around the photographic but extends across post-colonial theory, globalization, environmentalism, social justice issues, queer theory and gender-based debates, privacy and surveillance, politics of the internet and technological aspects of the photographic medium.

The key emphasis of the course is on supporting and developing the direction of individual students work as a mature practice emerges from tutorials, presentations, and regular seminar discussion. The teaching team foster a strong cohort (year group) ethos with many shared and group activities creating a rich and supportive learning and working environment. The staff team consists of internationally recognised research-active academics.

Assessment

Photographic practice, research portfolios, blogs, essays and oral presentations.

Group crit at an exhibition Group crit at an exhibition

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Modules

  • This module enables students to develop an independent and critical approach to the expanded boundaries and definitions of photography and their own practice taking into account different critical theories and contexts. Culminating in a 5,000 word illustrated essay students consider the convergence of theory and practice, covering different theoretical approaches to photography and its inter-related media as well as engaging with a diverse range of approaches to producing, thinking and viewing photography and its relation to the visual arts.

    Students are encouraged to engage with practices and concepts in contemporary photographic discourse that are relevant to their own interests by identifying their field of context and setting their own research objectives and particular trajectory. The outcome essay will tend to be a detailed analysis of photographers/artists relevant to the students practice.

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  • This module introduces and develop students' individual photographic practice through self-initiated research supported by tutorials, group seminars, critiques and informal presentations that deepen students understanding of how their work can be situated within contemporary and historical frameworks, and expanded definitions of photography. Students establish working methodologies relative to a number of contributing modes of study: one-to one tutorials, seminars/discussion, research processes, the sharing and reviewing of work in progress, discourse and lectures by visiting professionals/theorists/practitioners, field visits and group critique.

    The module culminates in the presentation of a body of work (and research seminar) at an assessment point where students evidence the development, planning, production and presentation of a body of work supported by the submission of blog and sketchbooks that evidences critical reflection; a 1000-1500 word critical reflective statement.

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  • This final module enables students to advance their practice by building on their research enquiries that were developed in the previous modules. This enables students to build a strong and sustainable artistic practice and body of work that is coherent, innovative, conceptually resolved and technically well executed-for exhibition and publication. This module culminates in the presentation of a body of work for final exhibition in January (TB1 in YR 2) with an emphasis on research, production and process and the ability of the student to position their work within the wider context of photography and contemporary art.

    In addition, students are also required to submit a publication, a 1000-1500 word critical reflective statement, and an artist's statement 150-300 words, which serve as an introduction to the body of work for audiences.

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John Rovira, Disrupted spaces, 2015Keep in touch with news, events, awards and generally what's going on with the Photography MA at Kingston University.

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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