New online-led MA Photography launched by Falmouth University to help photographers sharpen their career focus

Ambitious early-career photographers are being encouraged to snap up places on Falmouth University’s new online-led MA Photography which is purposely designed to help professionals realise the full commercial potential of their creative ideas. The flexible and part-time course is aimed at photographers in-work and delivered online but with opportunities to attend bi-annual residential workshops around the world linked to major photography events.

“Every photographer has the opportunity to reflect on their practice, interrogate it, take it apart, and then put it back together again to give them a new direction,” said Dr Paul Cabuts, director of Falmouth’s Institute of Photography, who is leading the two-year course.

“The big difference between our new MA Photography and typical professional development programmes is we do not teach new creative photography skills as such.

“Instead we explore the intellectual, critical and business elements of photography and hone in on sharpening up practitioners’ ability to establish and sustain a lengthy career in the profession. It’s also not about pinning everything down now – more creating an awareness of how photographers are operating, what is on the horizon, and opening up their minds to potential outputs and forms of publishing, from online to magazines, and books to exhibitions.”

Paul Cabuts
Paul Cabuts

Prospective students are required to submit a proposal for a major photography project that they would like to develop as part of their application. This proposal will be reviewed and assessed, and following direction from Falmouth’s specialist tutors, revised proposals will be produced at key stages of the course.

Dr Cabuts said: “We expect students to reflect their learnings in their revised proposals with increased sophistication. The business side, helping students understand their markets, price and place for their work, is particularly important. We do expect these photography projects to be out in the professional world and financially viable. There will be clear outputs, for example a website, book or exhibition. We will really challenge students on the detail.”

The MA Photography, which is now open for applications ahead of a September 2016 start date, can either be studied entirely online without attending the two residential workshops, or a combination of both online and face-to-face.

“It’s really geared towards early-career photographers – individuals who are ambitious and want to raise their game,” Dr Cabuts explained.

“They may be employed and looking to improve their career or future employment opportunities, or freelancers seeking to innovate with new ways of thinking. The flexible nature of the programme will, we think, attract international photographers who wouldn’t usually come to a UK campus to study but appreciate the value of a degree from the UK’s No.1 arts university.

We are expecting particular interest from photographers in Asia as well as UK-based practitioners. It’s a great opportunity for students to practically explore the world around them – and we will teach them how to do it.”

Dr Cabuts added that the course might also be of interest to those who work with photography, but may not necessarily be photographers.

“These could include writers or curators currently working with photography such as museum or gallery professionals who would wish to enhance their understanding of contemporary professional practice in photography,” he said.

The MA Photography is one of four new flexible and part-time Masters programmes being offered by Falmouth University for the 2016-17 academic year which are purposely designed for professionals in-work.

The programmes have been launched in partnership with global university specialists Cambridge Education Group (CEG). Through this collaborative model between the two organisations, CEG will help Falmouth to develop, market and deliver the courses to students in the UK and worldwide.

Falmouth will retain overall control of academic and quality assurance. Students will be registered at Falmouth and will receive a Falmouth degree upon successful graduation. For international students there is no requirement to gain a visa due to the very nature of the part-time and blended learning courses offered.

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(from a press release)