New online Masterâ€™s degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography
The London College of Communication is launching a new online, part time 2 year masters programme in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, based on the very successful one year full time residential programme based in London.
It will run from January 2008 and will be delivered entirely online using Digital Railroad as the main image management software, and will make use of web conferencing , blogs, discussion boards etc as well as regular tutorials online with established industry figures.
For more information please contact me, paul lowe, on firstname.lastname@example.org, or post any questions here and I will endeavour to answer them.
here is more information about the course
MA/Postgraduate Diploma Photojournalism and Documentary Photography by distance learning
Level: MA/Postgraduate Diploma
Study mode: Part Time
Duration: Two years
Start date: January
Application: Direct through the College
This course is designed for postgraduate students who wish to pursue a career in photojournalism or documentary photography. The central aim of the programme is to equip them with a thorough grounding in the methodologies of film and digitally-based photojournalism and documentary photography, as well as the creative and analytical tools and knowledge to establish and develop individual vision and practice.
The course will provide students with a framework in which to locate, analyse and reflect on their own practice within a critical and historical context. This will encourage a more deeply involved, informed, critically aware and challenging approach to the medium. The theory element will also enable students to articulate their personal practice within the various marketplaces and contexts they choose to operate in.
The course also encourages students to develop a wider vision of the practice and potential of the medium of documentary and reportage photography – of its uses and outlets from the classic editorial/magazine spread, to published portfolios, digital portfolios, gallery exhibitions, books, web or CD-based productions, television and other media. The main concerns of photojournalists and documentary photographers are with the real world – exploring and recording the wide range of human experience. Therefore, students may decide to take a journalistically-focused approach. They may also look at other strategies for dissemination, including galleries, books and multimedia presentations.
The MA/Pg Dip course is delivered as an intensive programme, with considerable emphasis placed on rigorous and demanding one-to-one tutorials and group seminars in which studentsâ€™ personal vision will be challenged and developed. Tutorials will be accompanied by a series of online lectures, podcasts and seminars, delivered by course staff and visiting industry professionals. During the course there will also be a rigorous programme of photographic assignments.
The distance learning part time MAPJD builds on the success of the existing full time MAPJD, allowing students who want a more flexible approach to their studies to participate in the programme. It is aimed at those who are either already practising photographers who cannot commit to a FT mode of study, as well as those looking to convert from another area of practice or experience. It will also be suitable for those who do not wish to live and study in London and will, in consequence, attract overseas applicants.
The course will be delivered entirely through online tutorial support and review, and online seminars and discussion groups using video conferencing, chat sessions both in groups and one to one, and regular VOIP discussions. The course will be supported by a dedicated industry standard digital content management system (digital railroad) that will allow students to upload their images onto the server, and then review them with other students and tutors. Each student will be required to keep a blog of their studies as part of their E- portfolio. There is no requirement to visit the college itself during the course as it is delivered entirely online.
We believe that practical experience is a key part of the training. An important part of the course is work experience with a national newspaper, magazine or picture agency.
How do I apply?
Contact Zoheir Beig, Administrator, School of Media, LCC, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6BS for an application form. Tel: 020 7514 3022. Email: email@example.com
What are the entry requirements?
A first degree is desirable but not essential. Candidates without a first degree can be accepted onto the course if they can demonstrate past professional or life experience equivalent to a first degree. Relevant professional experience or work experience in the industry is increasingly important. In addition, you must be socially aware, inquisitive, self-motivated and passionate about a career in photojournalism or documentary photography.
Do I need to produce a portfolio? If so, what should it contain?
At interview you will required to present a photographic portfolio and two story proposals. You will need about 20 to 30 photographs of a documentary or journalistic nature, ideally on a related theme or themes that show evidence of an ability to work on a project over a sustained period of time and in an intimate and involved way.
I am an overseas student. Are the requirements different?
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their competence in English to IELTS Level of 6.5.
Students from overseas should contact Vicky Gavulic in the International Office. Tel: +44 (0)207 514 8138.
How long is the course?
When does the course start?
What kind of students should I expect to work with on the course?
An essential feature is the group dynamic of the enrolled community of students. This has become a flourishing element of the course, providing mutual support, criticism and networking, as well as skill and information sharing. This process continues after the end of the course through group emails, informal meetings and group exhibitions. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work with fellow students in the planning and curating of your final project work in an end of course degree show, which is an important springboard to help develop your career profile.
Who teaches on the course?
The course director, Paul Lowe, is an internationally respected photojournalist and documentary photographer, who has worked for many of the worldâ€™s most prestigious magazines in a 20 year career during which he has covered news and current affairs stories all over the world, notably the fall of the Berlin Wall, the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, the Middle East and famines in Africa.
Patrick Sutherland is well known for his extensive long term documentation of social issues, especially his unique exploration of the Tibetan community of Spiti, in which he has combined photographs and sound recordings of traditional music practices.
Other tutors on the course have included Homer Sykes, Judah Passow, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Tom Hunter, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Felicia Webb and Brigitte Lardinois.
What kind of projects does the course involve?
The major project should be an extended series of images, but the subject matter is up to you in conjunction with the advice of the course team.
What are the distinctive features of the course?
The course is a uniquely intensive experience that aims to mirror real world practices as realistically as possible. The course places particular emphasis on responding to the new challenges and opportunities offered by multimedia and digital technologies, and encourages students to make use of blogs and online distribution in their practice. You will benefit from the Schoolâ€™s excellent links with the photographic industries, including an active programme of visiting speakers which will be delivered via podcasts. The course will equip you to enter the market place with a professional portfolio, a clear understanding of the industryâ€™s needs and a network of contacts established during the year.
What do students do when they leave?
The track record for the full time mode of this course is excellent. For many years, graduates have dominated the UK student documentary photography prizes. Former students of the course are working around the world for leading photographic agencies, freelancing for the worlds leading editorial publications and exhibiting internationally. At least 12 books have been published by ex-students.
What do current and former students say about the course?
We need two attributable case studies with quotes.
“Every day on the course I learnt something new either
about myself or about photojournalism that I apply
practically today and everyday: when contacting
editors or NGOs, when editing my work quickly and
appropriately or when working in the field.
The course challenged me to explore the type of
photography and subjects that I care about and guided
me to think through the question â€œwhyâ€. Initially
the course taught me how to look at a photograph, how
to deconstruct and reconstruct a story then they
taught me to develop my individual approach and come
up with answers that are appropriate on how to use the
visual language of photography to truly influence
decision makers and government policy.
Guided and inspired to find my individual photographic
voice in tutorials and group sessions with industry
and photographic experts, I began to realise that in
this highly competitive environment anything less than
the best is disappointing. Ultimately I believe the
course works with you to achieve this. "
â€œThis course was so fast paced and so â€˜skin of your teethâ€™, that getting out into the real world felt natural and familiar. The focus is squarely on the things that really make great photographers – whatâ€™s going on in your mind, how you see things, developing ideas for stories, gaining access to situations and places, critical sessions with expert mentors, editing your own work and a heavy amount of practical, on-the-job picture making. The challenge was formidable, always forcing me to fight to stay two steps ahead of what I thought I could achieve. As a result, I achieved more than I thought I would, both during the course and since. Within a short while of finishing the course, I worked on a three-week, major international news story for Virgin Atlantic and was surprised by my own ability to take it in my stride – something which I put down to the real-world training I received from some of the best people in the industry.â€œ
The course gave me the opportunity to receive feedback and guidance from professionals coming from very different photographic backgrounds, therefore stimulating me to evolve the aesthetics and structure of my photography. I learned to consciously organize a storyboard for my features and give them a new personal angle in order for them to gain interest and impact for the audience.
Edward Thompson (26) is a current student on the course. The skills he
learned were put to good effect in April 2007 when an earthquake hit his home
town of Folkestone. Edward immediately leapt out of bed, grabbed his camera
and set off in his car to the east of town where he photographed the damage,
including a headline-winning picture of an old lady with a policeman. He sold
the picture to Getty Images and it subsequently appeared on the BBC News
website and in most of the national press, on the front pages. Being able to
react quickly and think on his feet were of paramount importance. Edwardâ€™s
views on photography sum up the ethos of the course. He says: â€œFor me,
photography is used in the pursuit of understanding and enlightenment â€¦
Photography takes confidence, compassion and skill. But it allows me to
experience so many different lives, learn about the world and people
through every changing situation and capture them with my camera.â€
How much does it cost?
For information about fees visit the University website at www.arts.ac.uk/fees_money.htm or call the School office on 020 7514 3022. Please note that there will be a darkroom fee and additional costs for materials.
Where can I get more information?
Contact the course director Paul Lowe. Tel: 020 7514 6894. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information call the Information Centre on 020 7514 6569. Or visit the website at www.lcc.arts.ac.uk
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