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University of Derby: Arts

Institution University of Derby View institution profile
Department Department of Art and Design
Telephone 01332 591167
Study type Taught


This MA is for both photographers and fine artists and you will choose to work towards either an MA Arts (Photography) or MA Arts (Fine Art) award. It's an exciting opportunity for you to deepen your specialist skills, while working collaboratively with students from other disciplines.

This programme will bring together a community of photographers and artists in a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary environment, to explore the interface between media (both traditional and digital) in a stimulating and creatively enabling way. This will provide a unique and exciting opportunity for those who wish to specialise in the interpretation of time and space working creatively, practically and intellectually across disciplines. Discussions and debates around the differences and commonalities of the subject areas will both critically inform and support individual creative practice, including the relevance of the written word through narrative form and theoretical studies.

You will undertake taught studio-based research, while gaining a strong theoretical awareness of contemporary practice. There will be lots of lively debates involving students and staff from a range of disciplines, giving you the opportunity to hear a rich range of voices and contribute your own.

You will also become part of our thriving research culture and be able to attend the staff research seminar series, where colleagues discuss their latest projects. Our academic team have a wide range of backgrounds with expertise in fine art, photography, film, public art, performance, curatorship, critical theory, art history, philosophy and criticism, residencies and commissions.

We have strong links with employers and cultural institutions, which we encourage you to maximise throughout this programme. There are also many opportunities to showcase your work and build a following.

As a graduate from this programme, you will have developed a mature body of work in photography or fine art, as well as gaining the language and skills you need to locate and explain your practice in the professional art world. You will be well-placed to forge a career as an independent artist/photographer, or look for employment in sectors such as the creative industries, education, museums, libraries and archives, or publishing and broadcasting.


University of Derby

At the University of Derby, our focus is on industry-relevant, expert teaching to help you prepare for a successful career.

We offer a range of postgraduate courses across a wide variety of subjects; many are accredited by industry bodies. You’ll work with an academic team that has years of industry experience and a passion for applied research. And you’ll be part of a diverse community of students, including many from countries around the world.

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