This practice based course aims to develop you as a creative practitioner and independent thinker. You will be introduced to a range of research methods and technical skills that expand your understanding of photography and open out your creativity. Individual and group tutorials, workshops, seminars and lectures by visiting speakers, will equip you with the skills to become a confident, unique and professional photographic practitioner. Your learning is supported by lecture based study to help develop a critical and historical awareness as well as technical workshops to develop your craft skills, including analogue, digital and hybrid practices.
The programme introduces you to a broad range of approaches to photography and encourages you to explore the boundaries of current photographic practice and related media. The programme has strong links with external partners to develop live projects for example, students have in the past completed a project with Manchester Airport. Through a range of professional, creative and conceptual projects, the course aims to develop a highly individual practice fit for a competitive and contemporary photographic industry.
Year 1 is aimed at introducing learning, research, and technical skills. You will be encouraged to undertake a series of set projects introducing approaches that are relevant to the development of a photographic practice.
This unit will introduce you to materials used in photographic and lens related practice and consider how their application, through a range of materials and mediums, effects context and meaning.
This unit will introduce you to how the figure is presented through various genres of photography using a range of approaches. You will be introduced to lighting studio and location lighting. You will be introduced to ideas around the figure in photography through genres such as portraiture, fashion, documentary and fine art.
At Level 4, this unit encourages some collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. There are lectures and talks from key research staff, students and external experts. Teaching will be in the form of tutorial groups, weekly meetings and presentations. The set projects will vary from year to year and are designed to be responsive to current creative opportunities.
You are allocated to one of five pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits will address the historical, critical and cultural contexts of art and design practice. The 15 credit option is taken when you opt to do a 15 credit Uniwide languages unit as well (mmu.ac.uk/uniwide).
30 credit unit. You are allocated to one of five pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits will address the historical, critical and cultural contexts of art and design practice.
In Year 2 you will develop your own individual style and approach. The emphasis is on risk taking and the exploration of and experimentation with ideas, research methods, and imaginative approaches to practice.
This unit will explore a range of genres and approaches to photographic practice. Students will develop conceptual, theoretical, technical and craft skills. Through workshop, seminar discussion and lectures students will explore and experiment with photography through three projects: Responses One, Responses Two and one self-generated. Students will be introduced to the History of Photography and Contemporary Photographic Practice. Workshop activities will enable students to begin to evaluate the relationship between photography and writing; they will also have an understanding of the importance of craft skills and finish.
This unit will place an emphasis on teamwork and the development of networking/professional skills through the production of exhibition ready work. Students will be expected to develop work to a professional exhibition standard by working collaboratively to generate an exhibition of lens related practice in the city and North West region. They will also be expected to develop skills in fundraising, promotion/publicity, curation and archive the final exhibition through web-based and hard copy exhibition catalogue.
This unit explores collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice. You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of external-facing learning opportunities which will encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience; this may take the form of spending time outside of the University and working within the creative community and the public domain.
Delivery of critical, historical and professional issues to enhance your development within practice-based clusters. Delivery to clusters of cognate practice areas. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas plus cluster-wide professional and employability issues, facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner.
Delivery of critical and historical issues to enhance the student's development within practice-based clusters. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner. Modes of delivery include lectures, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, visits and placements.
In Year 3 you will focus on realising your creative potential by undertaking a major self-directed project. This practical body of work is supported by the writing of a contextual essay and research projects which will help to critically inform the practical work.
This unit requires you to define the direction of your practice in preparation for the next stage of study. This will involve visual investigation, critical reflection, enhancement of relevant technical / conceptual skills and project planning.
Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a your individual practice interests. A negotiated project focused around an individually defined area appropriate to your aims and ambitions.
On the third year Unit X, there is a student authored final project leading to a showcase of finished work. The unit includes a brief generated by the student, which leads to the presentation of a significant body of final work. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work can be incorporated into the project in relation to the professional context and ambition of the student.
Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a student's individual practice interests.
You will identify individual research topics and outline your intentions for their final major project through a written Learning Agreement. You will undertake independent study supported by peer study groups, group and individual tutorial and practical workshops. You will apply the knowledge, technical and intellectual skills and abilities attained during the first stage of the final year of study and will refine and focus this into a final body of creative practice. You are required to produce and present a significant body of work that demonstrates skills and knowledge attained through a sustained focus on a major project of practical work. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of how exhibition and staging underpins the context and meaning of practice. You will have the opportunity to investigate various models of the exhibition and display of photographic practice and develop ideas to promote your work externally to related creative professionals.
You will identify an individual research topic and outline your intentions for their major project through a written Learning Agreement. You will undertake independent study supported by peer study groups, group and individual tutorial and practical workshops. You are required to produce and present a body of work that demonstrates skills and knowledge attained through a sustained focus on a major project of practical work. You will apply the knowledge, technical and intellectual skills and abilities attained during the first stage of the final year of study and will refine and focus this into a final body of creative practice. You will have the opportunity to investigate various models of portfolio to showcase photographic practice and develop ideas to promote your work externally to related creative professionals.
There will be opportunities to undertake live briefs with companies, for example the Fuji Film competition Awards, and Epson awards. You will also be able to undertake professional research project work, for example with freelance design companies and photographers, museum administration and picture editing.
Unit end assessment and final work exhibition at the Degree Show.
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A three year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be—
You can find further details about the curriculum for the current academic year in the Programme Specification Document
Online exhibitions archive.
Dr Sian Bonnell is curating an exhibition comprising over 20 Manchester School of Art students
A year of competition wins, exhibitions and competition wins for Photography's Class of 2018
Graduates have gone on to study the MA Photography and/or become photographers, freelance curators, picture editors, exhibition assistants, exhibition artists and teachers.
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|UCAS Tariff Points/Grades Required|
112 at A2 or equivalent (which can include Foundation Diploma in Art & Design). A Level General Studies is not accepted.
Learn more about MMU's Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
|Specific GCSE Requirements|
GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered
|Non Tariffed Qualifications|
Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 112 UCAS Tariff Points
|International Baccalaureate||26 Points|
A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 is required.
Check our MMU International site for further information if you are applying with non-UK qualifications.
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
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Optional £600* — All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600.
* All amounts shown are estimates.