Masters in Photography

Plymouth College of Art

Program Description

Masters in Photography

Plymouth College of Art

Masters in Photography


Contemporary approaches to photography demonstrate that the subject and practice, defined in respect of its significance in marking the industrial age, is becoming an increasingly expanded visual discipline.

Photographic practitioners are continually testing and breaking the boundaries of the medium and eroding the edges of the somewhat formal and established constraints of the subject. By doing so, they are helping us to develop our understanding of what photography is, and also what it can do, in relation to its past, its omnipresence in our everyday lives and in its privileged and dominant position within of creative, social and cultural practices.

This MA encourages you to consider the place of photography in contemporary society, in terms of the production, distribution and consumption of photographic images, and through your research and practice to shape the subject in terms how photography is utilised and will be interpreted in the future.

The programme allows you access to our excellent photographic, and other specialist facilities, and provides you with a platform that engenders the development of your creative and professional practice.

We welcome applications from those who aspire to become photographers who want to affect change in a range of contexts, these may include, independent photographic practitioners, documentary photographers, archivists, curators, researchers, writers and educators.

Entry requirements

Normally a first degree upper second class standard (2.1) in an Art, Design and/or Media discipline is required. Applicants with Accredited Prior Learning (APL) credits from previous qualifications and equivalent experience as a professional in creative practice (Accredited Prior Experiential Learning-APEL) are also considered as alternative fulfilment of the requirements. In all cases, prospective students must demonstrate their capability of studying at postgraduate level.

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Tim Gundry

Tim is currently Programme Leader of Higher Education Photography. Prior to working in education and photography, Tim had a long career in the commercial sector and creative industries. He worked in marketing, branding and advertising on both client and agency side, and before becoming a freelance photographer in 2000, was a director of a Brighton-based design agency. Tim graduated with a 1st class, BA (Hons) Photomedia and Design Communication from Plymouth College of Art in 2005 and gained a distinction in the Professional Qualifying Exam for the British Institute of Professional Photography. Tim joined the staff team in 2006 as a lecturer in Photography and Digital Imaging after obtaining a PGCE from the University of Plymouth. Despite teaching full time Tim also maintains a professional practice, working as a social and events photographer in the South West, whilst also undertaking commercial photographic and design commissions for London based clients. Tim’s personal practice and research interests are concerned with the landscape of the South West. His work has been published and exhibited nationally in the ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ awards, and in 2009 was featured in the ‘What Haunt’s You?’ exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery in London.

Teresa Gray

Teresa began her Plymouth College of Art story at 16, as an FE student studying Display Design. She returned as a Lecturer in Media in 1995, after graduating with a Humanities degree, double majoring in Film and Television Studies and English and American Literature, from the University College of St. Mark and St. John. She graduated from the University of Exeter in 1999 with an MA in American Cultural Studies (Film Texts). Teresa is Head of Academic Practice and Development. She teaches across a range of disciplines but specialises in critical and contextual theory and complementary. She has an interdisciplinary practice that incorporates narrative, text-works, photography and installation. Her work centres around the display of self and the narrative strategies employed in the display and construction of self and the implications for crossing the ‘boundaries’ of private and public. Her work is a self-conscious re-positioning the family album.

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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2017
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United Kingdom Plymouth, England
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