University of St Andrews

      History of Photography MLitt

      University of St Andrews
      In St Andrews

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      Typology Master
      Location St andrews (Scotland)
      Duration 1 Year
      Start 09/09/2019
      • Master
      • St andrews (Scotland)
      • Duration:
        1 Year
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      The MLitt in History of Photography offers a range of innovative modules that cover from the origins of photography to contemporary practices and debates, including modernist art photography, documentary approaches, photographic collections, and technological advances up to the digital era.

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      09 Sep 2019
      St Andrews
      University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ, Fife, Scotland
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      Starts 09 Sep 2019
      St Andrews
      University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ, Fife, Scotland
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      · What are the objectives of this course?

      This innovative degree is inspired by the important role played by St Andrews in the early history of the most influential visual medium of the modern era. Students are introduced to the theoretical and methodological challenges and debates that photography’s multiple functions and contexts have provoked since its invention. Classes make full use of the outstanding photographic collections of the University Library and associated archives, such as that held by the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh. Small class sizes prioritise discussion with peers and interaction with the tutor.

      · Who is it intended for?

      Recent postgraduates in Art History are employed in universities and archives, museums and galleries, auction houses, radio stations, publishing houses and magazines. The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.

      · Requirements

      A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. A degree in art history is strongly recommended but is not an essential requirement.

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      What you'll learn on the course

      Photographic Criticism
      Documentary Impulse
      Photographic Collection
      Art and Technology
      Classical Tradition
      Image of the Artist

      Course programme


      The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2018–2019 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2019 entry.


      • Issues in Photographic Criticism: provides an introduction to key writings and debates in the history of photographic criticism from the 1830s to the present day.

      History of Photography students choose three postgraduate-level course modules, with the option of one of those modules being selected from the undergraduate-level Honours programme. Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development).

      • The Documentary Impulse
      • Imperial Lens: Readings in Nineteenth-Century Asian Photography
      • The ‘New Vision’ in Twentieth-Century European Photography
      • The University of St Andrews Photographic Collection

      Students also have the option to select the undergraduate Honours module, Histories of Photography, 1835-1905, and also select one module from among the optional modules offered by the Art History MLitt programme.

      • Art and Technology
      • The Book as Object and Idea
      • The Classical Tradition
      • The Image of the Artist
      • Representation and the Body
      • Themes in Art History
      • Writing on the Visual

      The final three months of your course will be focused on writing the final assessment piece, a 15,000-word dissertation. Across the two semesters, students participate in a series of skills workshops designed in part to help prepare for the dissertation element. Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation must be submitted by a date specified in August.

      If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of a MLitt.

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      Overseas Fee : £18,480

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