This course is designed to help you develop your own unique vision as a photographer. Through hands-on practice, you’ll be encouraged to explore, research, and communicate your ideas in innovative and diverse ways, using photography as your medium.
With a focus on practical skills and creative thinking, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your technical abilities and experiment with different approaches to image-making.
As a student you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of photographic genres, including documentary, landscape, and fine art.
You’ll be able to experiment with a range of media, from installation and mixed media to moving images and traditional processes, as you develop your skills and explore your creative potential. Through a dynamic blend of theory and practice, you’ll be challenged to think critically and develop innovative approaches to image-making, along with an understanding of the placement of imagery and its importance culturally and socially. With a focus on advancing your professional expertise, you’ll leave the course with a portfolio of work that showcases your unique vision and artistic voice.
Our MA program offers a dynamic mixed delivery model that blends online, on-campus, and on-location learning. This flexible approach allows you to tailor your studies around your personal commitments and interests and pursue your own unique pathways. Whether you prefer the convenience of online learning, the interactive experience of on-campus classes, or the hands-on exploration of on-location work, exploring our campus workshops, our program has something to offer you. With the freedom to shape your own future, you’ll be able to move your life and work forward and achieve your professional goals.
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This Key Information document gives you a summary of the core characteristics of the Photography, Landscape & Environment MA at HCA.
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, 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 online and campus learning, to combine the convenience of working from a place of your choice, with the natural and transformative experience of working with and around other people.
- A flexible blend of online and campus-based teaching.
- Access to a range of expert artists and tutors
- Students are encouraged to develop innovative 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.
Our team of speakers and lecturers are experienced practitioners who are deeply connected to the industry, bringing their knowledge and expertise to the classroom. Additionally, our location in Hereford – a thriving hub for creative industries – allows us to foster close partnerships with regional companies, giving our students valuable opportunities to engage with real-world clients and projects. As a student in our program, you’ll benefit from this rich network of industry connections, gaining the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the fast-paced world of photography.
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.