This new MA Film and Photography course has a dynamic individual student focus that adjusts to you and your project proposal. The course provides a unique and exciting opportunity for those who wish to specialise in still and moving imagery, and work creatively across disciplines. Derby has a long tradition of both photography and film, and staff represent a wide range of visual arts practices, to give you expert knowledge and support.
Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016.
Course Leader: Dr Philip Harris
T: 01332 593174 (course leader)
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Start date: September and January
Course length: 1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time
Campus: Markeaton Street site, Derby Campus
College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education
We are looking for applicants who are strongly motivated, reflective and independently minded. The course supports projects that enable you to focus on a specialist aspect of film or photographic practice, along with proposals that combine or explore the relationship between the two disciplines. We value interdisciplinary debate that utilises the collective knowledge and experience of students and staff. We also offer bridging studies, if necessary, in the Autumn semester for those seeking a January start.
The MA Film and Photography course enjoys the provocation of a rich programme of specialist visiting practitioners such as Jem Southam, Peter Kennard, Rachel Maclean, Calum Colvin, Wendy McMurdo, Hannah Collins, Lei Cox, Brian Griffin, Paul Rooney, Karen Knorr, but also the wider context offered by visitors such as philosopher Jonathan Rea, artist/ curator/ commentator Alfredo Cramerotti, curator and social historian Anna Douglas, exhibition designer Calum Storrie and Fred Mann, gallery director/artist/record producer.
Our academic team comes from a wide range of backgrounds with expertise in analogue photography and digital imaging, filmmaking and scriptwriting, fine art, applied arts, history and theory, museum education, critical writing and curating. They have extensive experience of working and exhibiting internationally, including the Museum of Fine Art Boston USA, SOFA New York and Chicago, FLICAM China, Saatchi Gallery London. The National Art School Sydney and RMIT Australia as well as residencies in Japan, Denmark, Korea, Malaysia and Italy.
University of Derby students have made a major contribution to the city’s vibrant arts culture. Many have taken advantage of the area’s rural and industrial heritage as inspiration and to establish studios, start-up businesses or exhibit work. The School of Arts has strong community links such as Derby Theatre, Déda, and QUAD. Film and Photography students have the opportunity to be involved with international exhibition and conference FORMAT - as participants, exhibiters and interns for some of the world’s most influential contemporary artists. The University also has a close relationship with the Malta Film Commission through which past students have gained experience working on location with Directors such as Michael Bay and Luc Besson.
Our media store offers both digital and analogue equipment to the highest specifications. The University is a member of D&AD (Design and Art Direction association) and within undergraduate courses is a member of the Association of Photographers(AOP), The British Institute of Professional Photography and MAGNUM Photographer's agency. Also, we are a member of NAHEMI - National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image.
If you are a UK/EU student and study this course full time, the total cost will be £5,220.
You will choose modules such as:
This stage is an opportunity to reflect on your creative practice, investigate and evaluate strategic approaches, and produce a body of practical work that demonstrates your research. You are encouraged to develop your ability to contextualise and critique your work and the work of others. You are supported in this by studying contemporary debates and theories that will help to underpin your practice.
Reflective Processes in the Visual Arts
This double module focuses on reflection and re-evaluation, research and experimentation using a wide variety of learning methods. It is an opportunity to consider the implications of your ideas in both the context of contemporary debate and practice and, more broadly, the ever-changing social, technical and economic context that working artists face. This module provides you with a foundation of creative and critical knowledge on which to build your Masters project.
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This stage will support you in a process of defining and refining your personal creative project combined with the ongoing development of your subject knowledge and critical development. You have an opportunity to consider how the meaning of your work is manipulated by such elements as display, location, audience and medium as well as evaluate and rehearse a range of presentation skills appropriate to the professional standards of postgraduate study. To complement your creative practice you are asked to identify and study the work of other artists who share similar concerns as your self. This stage has its own distinct identity but may also be seen as a preparation for a major practical project.
This stage is particularly exciting. You will be expected to demonstrate your capacity for independent scholarship. You continue to benefit from the support of the school’s research community with advice as well as the challenge and stimulus of critical questions from fellow students and staff. You also continue to enjoy the privileges of university membership, however you are expected to take a high degree of ownership of your learning and full responsibility for the critical judgments you take of your own creative practice. The focus of the stage is on the realization of a practical body of mature work and your understanding of its place and significance within the context of contemporary practice; your locus standi.
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An undergraduate degree (at least second class) in a relevant subject, or equivalent. After you have submitted your application we will ask you for a digital portfolio and a written statement describing your practice and ambitions. You may also meet with the programme leader to discuss your portfolio application.
£640 per 20 credits*
£640 per 20 credits*
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you’re studying full-time you will normally complete 180 credits over one year. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
The fees for students starting this course in September 2017 will be available soon.
We recognise that people undertake postgraduate study for many different reasons and issues such as childcare and employment may determine how you wish to use the experience. The School provides many opportunities such as field trips, live projects and placements that are open to MA students, and within the frame
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
This course builds on the success and experience of our previous postgraduate programmes and is informed by the importance of adaptability in a rapidly changing global industry. The University is committed to your long-term success, and if you choose this course you will benefit from support that has secured for Derby a ranking of 15th highest for graduate employment amongst UK universities (HESA 2015).
The University hosts the International Film and Photography FORMAT exhibition and conference in collaboration with Derby QUAD, which attracts artists from all over the world. This provides a unique opportunity for Derby students to showcase their work, to network, and create and establish contacts in industry.
Strong employer links have already been established within our courses, which have been designed to take into account the needs of a diverse range of potential employers. In addition to the Film and Photography industries students find employment in education, museums, the libraries and archives sector, publishing and broadcasting as well as finding the skills acquired through postgraduate study support a wide range of entrepreneurial activity.
Find out if studying at Derby is right for you at one of our Open Days: