At a time when our relationship with the world around us needs more urgent attention than ever before, this unique practice-led course focuses on landscape and environment, and current cultural, political and ideological forces at play around them. It encourages students to explore, research and communicate in innovative and diverse ways through the medium of photography.
You will meet contemporary artists, campaigners and scientists engaged in current environmental research, thinking, art and activism. You will develop your own voice based on your views and experience of the landscape.
In this new and contemporary course students will be able to choose their genre of practice from Documentary to Landscape and Fine Art and may work in installation, mixed media, moving image and traditional processes. The synthesis of theory and practice will foster innovative approaches and advance your professional expertise.
You will learn through a dynamic mixed delivery model of online, on campus and on location, giving you great flexibility to pursue personal pathways across a two-year part time schedule. Our MA gives you the opportunity to tailor your studies around other commitments, and move your life and work forward to reshape your future.
Renowned photographer Helen Sear will be the visiting lecturer on this course.
Helen Sear’s practice focuses on the co-existence of human, animal, and natural environments and is rooted in an interest in Magic Realism, Surrealism and Conceptual Art.
She often uses digital techniques to create works with a magic realist quality. She is interested in our sensory experience of the world, making particular reference to the human and animal body, and her immediate environment in rural Wales and France.
Her photographic works became widely known in the 1991 British Council exhibition, De-Composition: Constructed Photography in Britain, which toured extensively in Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Photography remains a central subject and medium in her work, which often challenges the dominance of the eye and the fixed-point perspective associated with the camera lens, and explores the potential of the artwork to activate and elicit feeling.
Sear was the first woman to represent Wales with a solo exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015 presenting a suite of new works…the rest is smoke. Her most ambitious video work to date, wahaha biota has been shown in the UK, Netherlands and Switzerland in 2018 /2019. Her inaugural exhibition with Martin Asbaek Gallery, Fascination, opened in Copenhagen in March 2018 and in 2019 two major pieces were acquired by the James Hyman British Photography Collection.
She was recently voted one of the key 100 women photographers practicing globally by The Royal Photographic Society: Hundred Heroines.
Whether you have a degree in Fine Art, Photography, Art & Design or Media or are turning to this field from previous degree level work outside the creative arts, we are looking for students who have a passion for our world and different kinds of landscape, a hunger for critical enquiry and an ambition to communicate with power and subtlety through photography.
Seminars and tutorials will challenge and support you to broaden and develop your practice. Advanced practical workshops such as digital production, video and sound, alternative processes and lighting techniques will develop your professional skills and employability.
The course will utilise on-line, campus and optional residential trip-based teaching and learning, to combine the convenience of working from a place of your choice, with the real and transformative experience of working with and around other people. The two-year part time format also allows for deep engagement with place across a period or for a repeated seasonal focus.
This Key Information document gives you a summary of the core characteristics of the Photography, Landscape & Environment MA at HCA.
- Flexible blend of online and campus-based teaching.
- Access to a range of expert artists and tutors
- Students encouraged to develop innovate approaches through the synthesis of theory and practice.
- Small group numbers to provide highly personalised levels of supervision and support.
- The community and network of engaged and stimulating peers across the creative disciplines within a specialist arts school.
- HCA’s location within reach of a host of different inspirational landscape.
You will have access to professional photographic facilities including IT, Photographic studio, darkroom and high-end film scanning. Our digital printing facility allows large scale, professional quality output to A0 and beyond
The world of photography is evolving all the time, and we have speakers and lecturers who are current practitioners and connected to the industry.
Students will be well equipped to operate successfully as professional practitioners in their chosen specialist field, or may consider continuing in education via teaching or PHD study or further research.
- Applicants should have an personal understanding of their particular discipline and be able to demonstrate their ability to sustain research at MA level.
- Applicants should be (or about to become) graduates. Preference will be given to good honours graduates although exceptional applicants from a non-academic background will also be considered.
- Professional makers, designers, photographers, craftspeople and fine artists who wish to reposition their practice may also qualify.
- Applicants should submit a short proposal of up to 500 words, detailing why they are applying to the programme of study, supported by a portfolio of current practice, which will form the basis of discussion within the interview.