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Arts University Plymouth: Photography

Institution Arts University Plymouth View institution profile
Department Critical and Cultural Studies
Web https://www.aup.ac.uk/
Study type Taught

Summary

Plymouth College of Art has been granted full university status and formally recognised with the new title of Arts University Plymouth, following approval by the Privy Council. This makes us the City of Plymouth’s first specialist arts university.

The title of Arts University Plymouth signifies a change to the way that the world will see us, our position within the sector and the mobility of our graduates; but not a change in the way that we see ourselves or what we do. Arts University Plymouth will build upon the existing strength of our unique culture and incredible community; we have no plans to change the specialist focus of the work we do together. The name Arts University Plymouth will appear on our qualifications, making it easier for employers and peers to recognise that our students were taught at a leading specialist arts university.

In May we were awarded the Best Small or Specialist University at the 2022 WhatUni Student Choice Awards, coming top in a list of well-respected specialist UK universities, based on unbiased and honest reviews from students across the UK, in a category that highlights the quality of our provision as a specialist creative university.

Our MA Photography programme acts as a platform to help develop your creative and professional practice, through critical examination of photography as a means of communication and creative practice.

Ethos Contemporary approaches to photography bear witness to a fast-expanding visual discipline. Photographic practitioners are continually testing and pushing the boundaries of the medium, helping us to develop our understanding of what photography is and what it can do, in its important position within creative, social and cultural practices. Our programme will invite you to consider the place of photography in contemporary society, in terms of the production, distribution and consumption of photographic images. Through your research and practice, this will enable you to develop your own critically-informed intervention in the discipline.

Outline You will explore, test and refine a research proposal through making and talking about photographs. You will develop a clearer sense of your position as an photographer through the practice of picture making, while engaging with contemporary debates in photography and photographic theory. You will examine the social and conceptual dimension of photography, while having opportunities to experiment with analogue and digital photographic technology in our superbly-equipped studios and dark rooms.

Taught delivery within the programme provides a mix of discipline-specific methods and cross-disciplinary approaches that can be applied across creative and commercial sectors. Our shared module structure allows you to develop a dialogue with creative practitioners across the Graduate School.

Supported practices This programme supports independent photographic practitioners, documentary photography and fine art photography.

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Arts University Plymouth

 

Winner of Best Small or Specialist University at the 2022 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

Voted as the top Arts University in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS 2022). Overall student satisfaction is 81% at Arts University Plymouth, significantly above the national average of 76%.

Founded in 1856, the institution has been granted full university status and formally recognised with the new title of Arts University Plymouth following approval by the Privy Council, becoming the city of Plymouth’s specialist arts university. Arts University Plymouth is a specialist arts university offering a comprehensive range of undergraduate and …

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