MA Commercial Photography - MA

In Nottingham

£ 7,800 VAT inc.


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    1 Year

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This practice-based course is designed to develop the commercial, technical and creative skills to support a career within the commercial photographic industry. Your coursework will be comprised of a self-initiated project in relation to your individual subject interests, as well as live briefs set by staff. Collaborative projects will allow you to develop a substantial body of work, and enable you to embark upon your chosen area of commercial practice.
The course places a focus on employability and entrepreneurship, and is designed for you to undertake either a work placement or a live project with industry. This could take place in the UK or overseas.
Our Photography staff have expertise across a wide range of specialist photographic practices, and will support with you with flexible and responsive teaching and learning.




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Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations Choose to develop a specialised practice, for example fashion, advertising and editorial, or documentary photography Undertake an industry work placement or live project, in the UK or overseas Enjoy technical and production workshops to help develop your existing skills Have the opportunity to exhibit your work publicly Benefit from our staff’s international links and contacts across Europe Take advantage of our excellent industry links, including companies such as Phase One, Genesis Imaging, Profoto, Wex Photographic, and Red Photographic Join the 75 years’ worth of NTU graduates who have achieved success, won awards, or otherwise distinguished themselves in the field of photography

Students from this course may become: freelance photographers photographic assistants digital specialists fashion, editorial and advertising photographers picture editors multiplatform photojournalists Our aim is to produce highly employable graduates, and we are committed to offering experiences throughout the course that will enhance your understanding of the photographic industry. The University’s Employability team can help to prepare you, offering a variety of activities including CV-building, writing job applications, preparing for interviews, and building your own personal brand.

2.2 honours degree in a related subject. Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

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  • Employability
  • Credit
  • Design
  • Art design
  • Art
  • Art and design
  • Photography
  • Contemporary photographic
  • Commercial contexts
  • Photography Skills
  • Photography Techniques

Course programme

Year One

You can opt to complete this module as either 180 credit points, or as 160 credit points with an additional module in Advanced Art and Design Research worth 20 credit points.

Commercial Photography

(180 credit points or 160 credit points)

Working with your supervisor, you will develop a learning agreement to establish your project and develop the professional contexts that relate to the subject matter. You will keep a reflective journal that will record, analyse and evaluate your project development, and examine where your work may situate itself in contemporary photographic practice. The course places considerable emphasis on professional practice, and students will gain the practical knowledge and skills necessary to enter into the commercial field.

In Term One (September to December) you will examine photographic practice and the breadth of its commercial contexts to support the research and development of your project ambition.

Group tutorials provide a discursive platform where you will present and examine your own practice and the work of your peers. A seminar series will examine the dialogues surrounding contemporary commercial photography, and support the production of a contextual essay in the second term of the course. Technical and production workshops will help you to develop your existing photography skills, and support the development of your project.

During Terms One and Two, you will undertake an assessed work-based placement or a live work-based project. This should be relevant to the career ambitions identified through your learning agreement. You’ll receive support from course staff and the University’s Employability team to help you identify and secure an appropriate placement or live project. A practical seminar series that teaches students how to navigate the business and markets of contemporary photography complements the work-based placements, and runs across Terms One and Two. During this time your learning will mainly be independent, supported by your academic tutor and access to learning resources.

In the final term, you will consolidate your learning through a body of photographic work, and an exhibition. Your work may be realised in the form of a portfolio, publication or other format as agreed with your tutor, suitable for public exhibition.

Your work should demonstrate evidence of contemporary context, theory and practice within commercial photography. It should also show a strong commitment to your chosen practice, demonstrating creativity, imagination, and innovation.

Assessment for this module is holistic and based on a number of components including a body of photographic work; a learning agreement; a reflective journal; a contextual essay; an annotated bibliography; an artist’s statement; a written report on your placement or live project; and a verbal presentation.

Optional research module

(20 credit points)

Advanced Art and Design Research

This module will expose you to a range of different research methods across diverse practice-led research projects and research-led practices within Art and Design. If you are interested in pursuing your practice in the form of a PhD, this module will prepare you for further study.

Additional information

International Student Fee - £3.900

MA Commercial Photography - MA

£ 7,800 VAT inc.