The MA Photography course at Coventry University offers an exciting opportunity for emerging practitioners in the field of photography and its associated forms to develop their work via a series of key interrogations.
In providing spaces for exploration and reflection in relation to publics, visual strategies and the contextual location of independent work, the course presents a distinctive way for you to explore the possibilities of your work alongside a longitudinal development of your core practice. The course challenges you to imagine, and work with, new audiences, processes and professional futures in order to enter into a sustainable and flexible career working with images.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
The MA Photography course welcomes practitioners with diverse backgrounds and adopts an approach to photography which considers practice not as isolated from associated mediums and methodologies but within an ‘expanded field’ (Baker, 2005).
In this manner, students on the MA Photography may work with archives, produce installation pieces, publish, run collaborative projects and blur traditional genre and medium boundaries. The course has been constructed to provide essential places of experimentation and diversification of skills and knowledge, whilst also encouraging rigour in your practice which leads to its robust situation within social, political, and visual contexts.
As part of the School of Media and Performing Arts in the Faculty for the Arts and Humanities, the MA in Photography provides points for inter-disciplinary practices to be developed and supported by a range of scholars and practitioners as well as peers working across mediums and fields. Run by the photography team who built an innovative and successful BA course (3 times Guardian no 1 ranked course in the last decade), this MA is able to build upon the many established connections, visiting speakers and resources that make Coventry an ideal place to further your photographic career. The curriculum will challenge and support your existing work, and in a symbiosis of research and practice will engender a robust and rigorous way of working that can be adapted to radically reformulating landscape of photography.
Why choose this course?
The MA Photography course presents an exciting curriculum which emphasises support of individual students’ practice, as well as how this fits together with professional and social responsibilities as image-makers. It provides freedom to experiment whilst also sharpening focus of a specific and dedicated practice, standing you in great stead for a variety of roles after graduation.
The course builds upon the success of the BA Photography at Coventry University which is well established and respected with a team that have research and practice backgrounds across the field of photography and its associated forms. Members of the course are internationally regarded, working professionally in a range of industries as artists, writers, editors, cultural producers, and photographers. They have worked for diverse clients such as Harley Davidson, The Sunday Times Magazine, Channel 4 and Comic Relief as well contributing to the reviewing of national and international awards like the Google and Saatchi image competition and several photobook prizes. Members of the team have exhibited work at the New Art Gallery, Wallsall, IC Visual Lab, Bristol, Artvilnius, Lithuania and the Jaipur Photography Festival, India, all of which is symbiotic with research profiles that position them as experts in particular areas of photographic practice – spanning family photography and the role of the studio, through photobooks and their readers, to photography as a participatory practice and the materiality of the archive.
All members of the Course Team hold qualifications in teaching and learning in higher education and have extensive pedagogical experience. The team holds a number of accolades and positions in relation to their pedagogical practice – from external examiner proles at five UK universities to guest lectures internationally, keynote speeches, the hosting of the annual APHE (Photographers in Higher Education) conference (2019), and a National Teaching Fellowship.