Description

Photography has become the major form of image-making and visual communication since its development in the nineteenth century. Its importance has been recognised in many areas of scholarship: history of art, media and cultural studies, literature, memory and memorialisation, gender and identity, philosophy and law. Its role in all fields of the arts and sciences, including those most personal, is being expanded, renewed and questioned by contemporary digital cultures.

This programme enables you to learn about – and to negotiate your individual path through – past and present photographic practices and cultures, in order to develop your interests, whether your engagement with the medium is academic, artistic, personal or vocational.

You will develop subject-specific and transferable research, critical and writing skills that will enhance your career opportunities in the field and beyond, whether in academia or teaching, photography as a practice, galleries and museums, or in the media. The programme is also ideally suited to preparing students with a practice-based background considering a PhD, academic or practice-based.

Study Details:

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

COMPULSORY MODULE

  • Frameworks: Histories and Theories of Art, Architecture, Photography

RESEARCH PROJECT/WORK PLACEMENT

  • Museum Cultures Work Placement
  • Research Project Report MA History of Art

INDICATIVE OPTION MODULES

  • Art and Identity: ‘Race’, Ideology, Culture
  • Art and Photography since the 1960s
  • Art and War 1814-2004
  • Curating Difficult Histories: Museums, Exhibitions, Art Activism
  • Exhibiting the Pain of Others: Museums, Violence and Memory
  • Fashioning the Body
  • Photography and the Brazilian ‘Image World’ circa 1840-1950
  • Photography and the Index
  • Photography in the Archives: Issues for Nineteenth-Century Photography
  • The Book Unbound

MA HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY DISSERTATION

  • Dissertation MA History of Art

Student Destinations

Graduates can pursue careers in academia/teaching, the creative arts, media and photography. Possible professions include higher education lecturer, museum/gallery curator, or photographer. This degree may be useful in becoming a community arts worker, advertising art director, or press photographer.

Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £4175 pa Full-time home/EU students: £8350 pa Part-time international students: £7600 pa Full-time international students: £15200 pa

Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience).

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University of Birkbeck London

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