Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MA course structure involves four units, totalling 180 credits.
Commercial Photography in Practice (40 Credits)
This unit will hone your image-making skills and develop your style as a commercial photographer. It will provide you with robust theoretical and practical frameworks for the research and production of a short series of images on a chosen theme. You’ll cover idea generation, research, the role of text, and picture-editing for different iterations of commercial practice.
There’s an industry-focus within this unit, including industry visits and guest speakers, and it’s designed to equip you to work to commission in a variety of contexts. There are a series of non-assessed assignments throughout which will enable you to receive formative feedback, culminating in an assessed assignment.
Histories and Theories of Commercial Photographic Practices (20 Credits)
This unit positions contemporary commercial practices within various historical contexts through analysis of significant photographers, movements, and agencies.
Grounded in photographic research methodologies and theories, you’ll consider concurrent practices, with particular attention paid to the work of present and previous generations of global practitioners which relate, shape, and intersect with ethical, social, political, and economic contexts.
Collaborative Unit (20 Credits)
Commercial photography practice is underpinned by collaboration. This is strongly encouraged and foregrounded throughout the course and amplified further in this unit which is dedicated entirely to collaborative practices.
You will take part in activities including developing presentations and communicating realised projects to peers and partners, demonstrating self-reflection on interdisciplinary work.
This unit is designed to enable you to identify, form and develop collaborative working relationships with a range of potential partners.
Professional Identities and Portfolio Developments (40 Credits)
The unit explores and develops your working knowledge of contemporary business practice with an emphasis on operating as a freelance practitioner. You’ll examine contemporary practices, trends and media convergence within commercial photography.
Through research development and practice, you’ll develop solutions to photographic challenges and execute them in a professional context. This unit brings together your developing skills, knowledge and understanding, enabling you to produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates an adaptive yet distinct personal style within the context of commercial production.
Final Major Project (60 Credits)
The Final Major Project provides an opportunity for you to create a substantial self- initiated project, synthesising your skills, knowledge and understanding while supporting you to develop a substantial professional portfolio to demonstrate your practice as you develop your future career.
Supervised and supported as you undertake this major piece of work, this unit will include research planning and methodologies, along with the application of models to commercial photographic practice and the presentation of your findings.