Socially Engaged Photography Practice with Community Experience
School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - Art and Design
Start Dates(s): September
One year full-time, two years part-time
Full-time - £7,560 per year (180 credits)
Part-time - Pro-rata by credits - contact for details
- Develop career-enhancing theoretical and practical knowledge and skills
- Undertake a profile-raising practice-based research residency and showcase with Open Eye Galley in collaboration with communities cultural and non-arts sectors
- Validate your artistic practice within a bespoke national network
- Part-time study option
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
Photography has become the most pervasive medium through which individuals share their lives on a daily basis. This new programme explores the power of photography when working with real communities to co-author meaningful culture.
This course will be delivered through a partnership between University of Salford and Open Eye Gallery. You will work with active practitioners and academics to rethink the role of photography in society today, to develop your creative practice and your professional profile.
The course will give students support in producing creative projects with both arts and non-arts commissioners in mind, exploring how to create socially engaged art that is meaningful to both audiences and participants. Students will develop and deliver live projects with partners working in health, youth, community and justice, all embedded within a critically engaged and ethical framework.
We will provide professional practice surgeries, from understanding legal, ethical and safeguarding frameworks, to developing your professional profile, the latter including a free year-long membership and digital profile awarded by partner Axisweb.
You will have opportunities to engage directly with national debates and Open Eye Gallery’s national network for socially engaged photographic practice.
This is one of the first MA programmes in socially engaged photography worldwide. Socially Engaged Photography Practice focuses on the process of building relationships with communities. The photographer’s practice is developed through this process - they bring their creative expertise together with the life experience of communities to co-author culture.
This programme is part of a new group of four programmes, each dealing with the principles of socially engaged practice across various mediums. Students will share a number of modules across the wider MA programme, encouraging different disciplines to engage in collaborative practice, experimental learning and critical debate. Across all programmes, students will learn key research concepts, practice based approaches, ethical considerations and methods.
Students on the programme will have opportunities to develop their practice and critical framework through live projects and critical thinking. There will also be active debate around photography’s socio-political history, art theory and photography’s current position within today’s digital society. They will benefit from both the academic rigor of University of Salford and Open Eye Gallery’s track record of facilitating professional programmes with communities.
Students will receive gallery support and be in regular contact with the Open Eye Gallery team, including the curator, director, and creative producer. There will also be an opportunity to exhibit at Open Eye Gallery in a socially engaged photography group show. The course is designed to enable students to graduate as professional artists, curators, producers and creative practitioners. It is open to both photography graduates and humanities or social science graduates with a strong photographic portfolio.
This course embraces a range and diversity of practices and aims to:
- Provide the skills needed to professionalise careers through embedded creative placements and live projects with industry and community organisations.
- Develop creative, critical, analytical and intellectual competencies appropriate to Masters level degree study, which is informed by current industry practice.
- Develop advanced understanding of research methods in the context of contemporary art & design practice and to understand how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research
- Enhance your knowledge and understanding of professional, contextual and collaborative frameworks appropriate to their experiences and objectives by establishing intellectual debate to enable the articulation and dissemination of their propositions.
- Assist students at an advance level in developing bespoke approaches to co-authoring culture with communities, understanding complex strategies for process-based collaboration, and embedding appropriate methodologies to validate your practice within critical frameworks relevant to the community and both art and non-art world commissioners.
Socially Engaged Photography Practice focuses on the process of building relationships with communities. The photographers practice is developed through this process - they bring their creative expertise together with the life experience of communities to co-author culture. Students on the programme will have opportunities to develop their practice, contextual and critical framework with the academic rigor of the university and Open Eye Gallery’s experience of both facilitating professional programme with communities, and of extending the profile of the practice beyond the local.
The programme structure consists of 5 modules, 4 of which are delivered within a collaborative framework allowing all students across the Masters in Art & Design programmes (Contemporary Fine Art, Socially Engaged Arts Practice and Design for Communication) opportunities to engage with your peers whilst working through individual assignments focused around each programme. The remaining 1 module is tailored to the specific programme learning outcomes.
For the full-time study option:
Semester 1 - October to February
Semester 2 - February to June
Semester 3 - June to September
You will take five core modules and will study one day a week. Full-time students will have concentrated module delivery in both the morning and afternoon
During the first semester, focus is placed upon you investigating, critically-reflecting and presenting ideas and findings; developing an understanding of research methods for practice; experiencing different strategies and a broad approach to the subject area.
Importance is placed on developing:
- the ability to explore, manage and present research content/drivers and potential of your individual practice
- the ability to identify and articulate practice-derived and research issues from your studio production or live projects
- the ability to analyse, critically reflect and present your developing concerns and any potential outcomes.
This semester focuses upon developing student knowledge, ability and application to explore different practical and theoretical issues relating to a variety of practices in art within the creative and cultural industries.
This semester focuses exclusively on a self-directed major project/ exhibition.
The aim of this module is to offer you the opportunity to critically engage in a major practice-driven project in which the emphasis will be on production, analysis and critical reflection in response to your practice-drivers and concerns
During the 'major project’ you are provided with a supporting supervisor, in developing concerns and practice-drivers accrued throughout your programme, via a programmed series of tutorials. Individual tutorials and peer interaction/group discussions are integral to the development of the major project.
You will take five core sequential modules and will study one day a week. Part-time students will have concentrated module delivery in the mornings alongside full-time students.
- Creative Research Methods (30 credits)
- Developing Socially Engaged Photography Practice (30 credits)
- Real World Context (30 credits)
- Exploring Theory & Practice (30 credits)
- Definitive Practice (60 credits)