Durham University

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

MA in The Photographic Image


School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Palace Green

Durham, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in The Photographic Image

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Durham Centre for Advanced Photography Studies (DCAPS) brings together academics with research interests in the photographic image at Durham University. It aims to forge regional, national and international links with researchers, practitioners, curators and others with shared interests in photography. DCAPS runs a regular programme of seminars, workshops and a major biennial international conference.

Photography studies is a new, innovative and rapidly expanding interdisciplinary area of study and an integral part of the emerging field of visual culture studies, which seeks to analyse and account for the ways in which the visual now permeates all spheres of everyday human experience. This MA in the Photographic Image is unique in the UK.

It focuses on the intersections of photography and photographic discourses and constructions of the national. Photography has always played an important role in the science of the national - from the coded and highly conventional snapshots of the family that is the nation's basic unit, to the images that document and thereby commemorate the events, rituals and ceremonies in the nation's history.
The MA in the Photographic Image has been developed by a team of researchers based in the departments of French, German and Hispanic Studies at Durham University who share an interest and are actively involved in publishing and advancing photography studies.
Students of this programme will study three core modules (Research Methods and Resources, Theorising History/Historicising Theory: An Introduction to Photography Studies and Critical Readings in Photography) in addition to submitting a dissertation and choosing one further elective module.


International Student Requirements:

Students for who are non-native speakers of English are required to demonstrate that they have proficiency in the language (IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with a score of no less than 6 in each component).
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