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Course summary

Photography has become the most pervasive medium through which individuals share their lives on a daily basis. This new programme explores the power of photography when working with real communities to co-author meaningful culture. This course will be delivered through a partnership between the University of Salford and Open Eye Gallery. You will work with active practitioners and academics to rethink the role of photography in society today, to develop your creative practice and your professional profile. The course will give students support in producing creative projects with both arts and non-arts commissioners in mind, exploring how to create socially engaged art that is meaningful to both audiences and participants. Students will develop and deliver live projects with partners working in health, youth, community and justice, all embedded within a critically engaged and ethical framework. We will provide professional practice surgeries, from understanding legal, ethical and safeguarding frameworks, to developing your professional profile, the latter including a free year-long membership and digital profile awarded by partner Axisweb. You will have opportunities to engage directly with national debates and Open Eye Gallery’s national network for socially engaged photographic practice. Want to know more about our Socially Engaged Arts and Photography programmes? Come along to an Open Day or contact our programme leader, Elizabeth Wewiora. You will:

  • Develop career-enhancing theoretical and practical knowledge and skills.
  • Undertake a profile-raising practice-based research residency and showcase with Open Eye Gallery
  • Validate your artistic practice within a bespoke national network


Creative Research Methods, Exploring Theory and Practice, Developing Socially Engaged Photography Practice, Exploring Theory and Practice, and Real World Context. Please see our website to find out more about the modules we offer for this course.

Assessment method

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Entry requirements

Applicants are required to present a portfolio (or equivalent) at interview. Applicants are also asked to provide a short 250-word statement describing their practice to date and motivations for studying Socially Engaged Photography. Please see our website to find out more about the modules we offer for this course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

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Socially Engaged Photography at University of Salford - UCAS