Provide a flexible but structured interdisciplinary context in which students can rigorously pursue a self-directed research project whose outcomes are embodied within the systematic production of a specific and original body of work within the field of photography.

To encourage the development of each student’s own critical reflection as the basis for developing as independent learners capable of advancing their own skills, knowledge and professional and research practice.

Provide students with the means for establishing and understanding the place of their own work within the context of relevant and contemporary academic and professional situations and debates.

Provide students with professional photography technical skills

To encourage the development of research strategies that reflect the contemporary context in theoretical discourse and creative practice and form the basis for informed speculation about future directions.

To engage with real audiences, generating new challenging narratives about the nature of the work itself and its relation with changed modes of production, dissemination and consumption.

To provide professionals specialising in the area of photography with multidisciplinary training so that they can use photography as a tool for conveying concepts and ideas.

On successful completion of the course students will have:

Initiated and implemented an individual self-directed research project using research methods, materials, techniques and processes appropriate to design practice.

Demonstrated a thorough understanding of, and critical engagement with, the relevant practical, theoretical and professional contexts of their project and be able to situate and interpret their own work within this context.

Demonstrated an ability to employ analysis, synthesis and evaluation to a range of external sources and to their own practice to inspire and inform the generation, development and application of original ideas.

Demonstrated a reflective and evaluative approach to their own work which allows them to act independently in identifying, implementing and sustaining individual research and practice at a professional level.

Demonstrated an ability to communicate complex and speculative concepts, methods and proposals effectively in spoken, written and visual forms.

Identified the potential for their work within specific professional contexts and developed appropriate communication skills for engagement with this audience.

Demonstrated an ability to use photography as a tool for communicating effectively concepts and ideas.