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Plymouth College of Art: Photography

Institution Plymouth College of Art View institution profile
Department Critical and Cultural Studies
Study type Taught


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.


Plymouth College of Art
Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent, university-sector art school – run by artists, for artists. Founded in 1856, we offer a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Degree study across Art, Design and Digital Media, combining over a century’s worth of history with contemporary thinking and cutting-edge facilities.

Our city centre campus is a close-knit and collaborative community of artists, designers and makers, also home to our ‘fabrication laboratory’, Fab Lab Plymouth, and to our public-facing gallery MIRROR, which exhibits national and international artists and shows.

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