All modules involve classroom teaching, tutorials, seminars, workshops, group work and your own fieldwork and are designed to equip you with advanced ways of working and negotiating your practice. We take the view that the work you make from the beginning of your studies with us is the potentially valid currency for external use.
We encourage you to explore the production of a body of documentary/photojournalistic works through the development of personal practice in the real world by:
- Creating an informal learning agreement which emphasises a real-world engagement
- Exploring appropriate responses to given situations
- Exploration of documentary and photojournalistic methods
- Challenging expectations.
Students choose from the modules below acquiring 180 credits to complete the course and choose from either Final Major Project or Dissertation as their final module.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
- Independent Practice
- The Photo Book
- History and Theory of the Published Page
- Writing Photography
- Final Major Project
- Contemporary Debates
- Photography and Aesthetics
The emphasis of the course is on the development of your work, through experimentation, and knowledge creation as understood within contemporary approaches to documentary and photojournalistic practice.
In addition, technical skills are acquired enabling the photographic production of works and involving competent use of a variety of hardware, software, including Premiere editing software, InDesign, advanced Photoshop and so on.
As well as photographic skills, the MA involves the development of various other areas such as management of large and small scale projects, direction, curating, facilitatory methods (such as in educational or community roles), advocacy, and experience of group and collaborative working.
Our priorities are that we hope that our graduating student will be able to function as a still photographer, documentary film-maker, artist and/or writer. We would imagine our graduate to be a well-rounded and confident individual with adaptability, facilitating new ways of seeing.
Career development centre
Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.
In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.
As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
We can help you:
- find work placements related to your course
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- find international opportunities to enhance your employability
- market yourself effectively to employers
- write better CVs and application forms
- develop your interview and enterprise skills
- plan your career with our careers consultants
- meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year