The College

The MA Photography programme at London College of Communication (LCC), part of University of the Arts London (UAL), started in 1997 in the internationally-respected Photography Department of the London College of Printing.  Since then, a distinctive mode of research-based practice has developed, emphasising conceptual strength as well as aesthetic and technical resolution, underpinned by research and a critical understanding of contemporary photographic practice – making this Master’s Degree one of the UK’s leading postgraduate awards in photography. The course is positioned on the cusp between photography, art and new media, embracing the rapidly expanding definitions of what photography has been, is and can be.

The programme revolves around the development of a major photographic project and is offered as a two-year part-time course and as a one-year full-time course, suiting the nature of different kinds of students with diverse backgrounds wishing to further their career in photography.   It allows time to experiment and explore, to read, research and just to think, outside the immediate constraints of an externally imposed brief.  For the students, already accomplished photographers when they come onto the course, it is often not just the production of the project they are pursuing, but rather a significant shift in their practice and their thinking about photography as a medium. The students emerge from this process with distinctive bodies of work that could barely have been guessed at beforehand, spanning the fields of contemporary photography and beyond.

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MA Photography Final Exhibition 2008 – Well Gallery installation. Photo: Daniel Salmon

MA Photography alumni have pursued a variety of career paths, including exhibiting internationally as fine artists, undertaking editorial commissions, independent publishing, picture editing, art buying, curatorial work and further academic research at PhD level. Alumni regularly win awards such as the Jerwood Photography Prize, Nikon Endframe Award and Pavilion Commissions, as well as being included in the Bloomberg New Contemporaries and other major exhibitions.  Their work is held in leading photography collections such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, and exhibited in galleries such as Yossi Milo Gallery (New York), Impressions Gallery (York) and Tate Britain.

The MA Photography programme is proud to host the Sproxton Award, which it has done since 2003.  The award originates in a historic moment in the development of British independent photography, and MA Photography gratefully acknowledges the recognition that it gives to our graduates and the boost to their developing careers.

Part of the lively School of Media with a strong research culture, the course draws on an experienced team of tutors, including established practitioners from documentary, art, editorial and theoretical backgrounds such as Susan Butler, Tom Hunter, Wiebke Leister, Melanie Manchot, Sophy Rickett, Anne Williams, Carey Young and Bettina von Zwehl. The course has close ties with the Photography and the Archive Research Centre also situated at the London College of Communication, directed by Professor Val Williams.  It also offers an extensive programme of visiting speakers, including a variety of curators and gallerists from Tate, The Photographers´ Gallery, Photoworks and the Victoria & Albert Museum, including Martin Barnes, David Chandler, Clare Grafik and Mark Haworth-Booth; critics, writers and researchers such as Susan Bright, David Campany, Elizabeth Edwards and Maria Fusco; or artists such as Jananne Al-Ani, Suky Best, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Annika Eriksson, Anna Fox, Ori Gersht, Anne Hardy, Sarah Jones, Rafal Niemojewski, Olivier Richon, Nigel Rolfe, Helen Sear, Zineb Sedira, Nigel Shafran, David Spero and Jaime Stapleton. There are also links with leading picture editors and agencies such as Millennium Images.

Anne Williams
Director for Photography
London College of Communication
School of Media
Elephant and Castle

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