Our Photography and Collaboration MA focuses explicitly on socially-engaged, participatory, and collaborative photographic practices.
In recent years, collaborative photographic practices have taken centre stage within the arts and other forms of cultural production and research. As contemporary photographers are increasingly using collaborative methodologies – inviting individuals and communities to share in the making of photographic works – this course offers a unique opportunity to explore lens-based forms of socially-engaged practice with internationally regarded artists and a consortium of industry partners across the UK and around the world.
Throughout your studies, we will endeavour to support you in identifying, initiating and developing work made in community or collaborative contexts.
You will be mentored and supported by accomplished practitioners from diverse disciplinary areas, but will also play an active role in shaping your curriculum, with opportunities for field trips, artist talks, studio visits and multi-location learning, as well as local and international partnerships, embedded within the course. On successful completion of the course, you will have produced bodies of work, participated in public exhibitions and other events, and created written texts that contextualise your own practice within the field.
The course structure incorporates modules which are grouped into three primary areas: conceptual foundations, methodological experimentation, and professional enhancement. This conceptual underpinning prepares you to reflect critically on practices and frameworks relevant to your own work, while you develop your own collaborative projects through intensive, immersive laboratories, and the completion of major projects. The professional modules can prepare you to be innovative, research-informed practitioners able to succeed in your chosen fields of employment.
Why choose this course?
The MA Photography and Collaboration is a two-year, part time course, offered with flexible residency options in tandem with blended learning delivery, and a series of partnerships with national and international industry leaders.
The flexible and open nature of the course delivery and curriculum design means the course can be completed entirely online, or on campus, or a mixture of both, depending on your circumstances. This makes the course relevant for mature students; recent graduates with a coherent project, career ambition or business plan; career changers; freelance self-employed artists; people with diverse abilities; individuals with care commitments; and early to mid-career creative professionals who wish to future proof their skills and experience through formal qualifications.
You will be taught by internationally recognised artists, curators, writers, editors, cultural producers, and photographers, whose work is regularly seen in galleries, festivals, publications and cultural spaces including the British Museum, London Underground’s Art on the Underground, National Portrait Gallery London, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, London Art Fair, Belfast Exposed Photography, Australian Centre for Photography, PhotoIreland, Goa International Photography Festival, Malmö Fotobiennal, Brighton Photo Fringe, Les Rencontres D’Arles Photographie, Source, Photoworks, Photographies, Photomonitor, Open Engagement, Aperture, and the Magnum Foundation.
International experience opportunities
You should have opportunities to come into contact with a variety of international guest artists and speakers across all modules on the course. Additionally, international field trips to participate in key industry events regularly take place, and we regularly work with a consortium of national and international industry partners to host workshops, talks and other professional activities for you to take part in to help you develop your practice.
Regardless of your specific intentions, circumstances, or background, the MA Photography and Collaboration aims to allow students to define and work towards attainment of your goals, enhance employability, widen global community of practice, and gain a qualification that supports obtainment of successful career ambitions.