Throughout the MA Photography course you will develop a professional base for your future career. The course is tailored to your individual interests and we invite you to share your aspirations with us at interview.
By the end of the course, you will have prepared a substantial portfolio of creative and written work and participated in a public exhibition. We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods ranging from professional and academic skills workshops, research seminars, theory lectures, practical demonstrations, peer critiques, and group discussions. These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds.
You will also have high levels of contact with tutors who give regular feedback and support. You will have the opportunity to meet established practitioners and hear about their work and careers. Portfolio review opportunities allow you to discuss your portfolio with leading national and international artists, and photographic professionals, publishers, gallery and museum curators.
You are assessed throughout the development of each self-initiated piece of work.
The contextual studies modules will use written assessment (essays, exhibition reviews, reflective accounts of own practice, funding proposals) to evidence your ability to articulate your ideas and use research to inform your creative and professional practice.
Part-time students will study during the daytime alongside full-time students.
Postgraduates are highly employable and, on average, earn more than individuals whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree. On completing this course, you will be equipped for a range of positions within the creative sector which include professional photography and arts practice, curatorial, editorial and design work as well as education.
Recent Sunderland graduates are now working in art institutions, museums, community arts organisations, Further Education Colleges and the wider media industry. A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for undertaking a PhD.