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Explore and challenge the conventions of contemporary photographic art practice on this MArts course. Underpinned by historical and critical research, you are expected to undertake an extensive, risk-taking enquiry into the possibilities of photography, with individual creativity and personal ambition at the core of the course’s philosophy. The MArts option allows students to leave with a postgraduate level course on completion of the fourth year. The final year is designed to facilitate the creation of creative enterprises or collaborative working with industry. During this year students have access to studio space at the Elysium Studios in Swansea and will be working alongside practising artists based at this location.
Level 4 Modules
Photographic Art Practice
Visual Studies 1
Ways of Thinking
Visual Studies 2
Ways of Perceiving
The first year provides a thorough and intensive grounding in key techniques, theories and concepts through a series of projects supported by regular contextual seminars, group tutorials and critiques. Students are initially required to work with traditional photographic materials (both black & white and colour) whilst also attending workshops on digital capture and output.
Level 5 Modules
Collaborative Photographic Practice
Visual Enquiry 1
Professional Photographic Practice
Visual Enquiry 2
During year two, students continue to explore the myriad photographic possibilities whilst beginning to forge an individual path through an extended personal project. Popular and important aspects of this are a site-specific group exhibition and a photographic book assignment.
Level 6 Modules
Major Project and External Liaison
Marketing & Self Promotion
Advanced Creative Enquiry (Fine Art and Photography)
The third year is predominantly self-directed and enables students to adopt a more independent approach to their work. There is an external project requiring students to produce work in real-world contexts, either for professional clients or for public exhibition. The year is dominated by the major practical project, theoretically underpinned by a written dissertation. The Marketing & Promotion module involves presenting work to external agencies or curators and acts as a launch-pad for students’ careers, and culminates in shows in both Swansea and London.
Level 7 Modules
The Thought Experiment
Advanced Critical Thinking
Advanced Professional Practice (option A)
Advanced Professional Practice (option B)
The fourth year is designed to further develop and enhance individual practice and to facilitate the creation of creative enterprises and/or collaborative working within the photography and fine art industries.
At level 7 MArts Photography in the Arts students have access to studio space at the Elysium Studios in Swansea and will be working alongside practicing artists who have studios based at this location. This considerably enhances the student’s experience as they are based within a vibrant creative hub within the city centre.
(At level 7 MArts Photography in the Arts students can opt to study 60 credits of their year as a study abroad student, experiencing life as a creative practitioner within a University abroad.)
Assessment is carried out through coursework, both written and practical. There are no exams on this course. Students are formatively assessed throughout a module, summative assessment takes place at the end of a module. A variety of teaching and learning methods are used throughout the course which include:
Usually at the start of a scheduled contact period, lectures will generally consist of a formal presentation giving information relevant to the module, accompanied by visuals, and followed by a screening or group tutorial/activity.
Depending on the cohort size, module content and individual lecturer preferences, these are usually in groups of no more than six students at a time and delivered over a set period.
Most often scheduled for level 5, level 6 & level 7 students, individual tutorials offer a more focused and in-depth opportunity for student feedback and development of ideas. Most often arranged in relation to individual practice modules such as Student Led Projects.
Group critiques are scheduled regularly for all year groups. For level 4 these often form part of the assessment at the end of short projects, for levels 5, 6 & 7 they are scheduled for the purpose of interim reviews and work-in-progress feedback, involving student participation and peer criticism.
Delivered to teach specific skills to students, group size will depend on subject and room size, can include project work. These are not usually formally marked, but can be subject to group criticism, and informal feedback will be given.
Formal presentations by students to peers and staff are used for research and development through to finished work. Students usually begin doing presentations at level 4 in small groups to build confidence in the process. There are then assessed research presentations to peers at level 5 and Major Project Presentations to staff and other year groups in level 6 & 7. The presentation is an ideal vehicle for developing individual confidence and transferable skills.
How to apply
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|Campus name||Dynevor, Swansea|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||120 points||Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications and portfolio of work.|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
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