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MA Photography: Contemporary & Historical, London

This programme offers an in-depth study of the history of photography, its place in cultural and critical theory, and its significance for modern visual culture.

Students are introduced to the critical analysis of the history of photography from the earliest experiments to the most recent developments. Although applied photography such as police records and advertising images are touched upon, the focus is upon photography as an aesthetic practice.

The increased presence of photography in public and private collections, and the art market, is one strand of investigation; photography’s role within the politics of representation is another.

There is an impressive alumni track record of obtaining professional roles both in the photography scene and in the wider art world.

During the programme, students experience:

  • A rigorous academic curriculum delivered in the classroom and in front of the artworks in bespoke visits to archives, art fairs, galleries, public and private collections in London, the UK, Paris and New York. 
  • A diverse and innovative programme of guest lectures and seminars by leading scholars and art world professionals. 
  • Cutting edge scholarship in research-informed modules such as the Photographic Network and Global Photography. 
  • Intensive professional practice sessions that examine how photography is curated, collected, preserved and sold, leading to skills that are key to a successful career in curatorial, commercial, journalistic, editorial and archival work.

Click here to download the full programme prospectus.

Core Curriculum

All of the Master’s programmes at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and New York are enhanced by a core curriculum* that provides a powerful set of professional skills and critical understandings for our students to mobilize at the completion of their degrees.

Course dates

ACADEMIC YEAR 2013 - 2014

SEMESTER 1
September – December 2013
  • 19th Century Photography
  • 20th Century Photography
  • Academic & Professional Practice
  • Photography & Difference

SEMESTER 2
January – June 2014
  • Contemporary Photography
  • Critical Approaches
  • Academic & Professional Practice
  • The Photographic Network

SEMESTER 3
June – October 2014
  • Dissertation (MA only).
    Students prepare a dissertation under the supervision of their tutor.

Faculty

Dr. Juliet Hacking, Programme Director

Plus specialist consultant lecturers.

Course fees

2013-2014
UK & EU Nationals
Deposit: £500
Semester 1: £ 9,450
Semester 2: £ 9,950
Semester 3: £4,300
Total: £24,200

Non-UK/EU Nationals
Deposit: £500
Semester 1: £10,210
Semester 2: £10,710
Semester 3: £4,480
Total: £25,900

These fees are exclusive of the cost of travel for study visits.

Travel costs: £2,200

Academic Prospectus


Click here to download the full programme prospectus. 

How to Apply


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* Subject to approval by The University of Manchester


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