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New online Master’s degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

New online Master’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 p.lowe@lcc.arts.ac.uk, 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

Course description

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 students’ 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.

FAQs

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: z.beig@lcc.arts.ac.uk

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.
Email: v.gavulic@lcc.arts.ac.uk

How long is the course?
90 weeks.

When does the course start?
January.

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 world’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 School’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 industry’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 “why”. 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. "

Morag Livingstone

“This course was so fast paced and so ‘skin of your teeth’, that getting out into the real world felt natural and familiar. The focus is squarely on the things that really make great photographers – what’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.“
Julian Camilleri

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.
Mauro Botttaro

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. Edward’s views on photography sum up the ethos of the course. He says: “For me, photography is used in the pursuit of understanding and enlightenment … 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.”

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 p.lowe@lcc.arts.ac.uk

For additional information call the Information Centre on 020 7514 6569. Or visit the website at www.lcc.arts.ac.uk

by paul lowe at 2007-09-26 17:56:25 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) london , United Kingdom | Bookmark | | Report spam→

The course fees for 2008 will be approx £3,240 for UK/EU students and approx £10,095 for international students, paid in 2 installments one each year of study

by paul lowe | 26 Sep 2007 18:09 | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Excuse me, just a curiosity: why this huge difference on the fee between UK/EU and international students if it’s all done online?

by Dana De Luca | 26 Sep 2007 18:09 | Rome, Italy | | Report spam→
It’s to do with the way the college is funded, we get subsidies for uk/eu students ie their governments pay towards the general costs of university education, whereas non eu/uk govnts dont

by paul lowe | 26 Sep 2007 18:09 | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
So we are talking nearly $20,000 for U.S. students?

by Brian C Frank | 26 Sep 2007 19:09 | Des Moines, IA, United States | | Report spam→
I am a former student who did the Master in Photojournalism,and I must say I was really impressed by the level of lectures given by Paul and his colleagues. They really are up to date with what the market is asking;stimulating to use new devices like sound;to be able to take the best out of the work.Also learn how to work with concepts,and end up with a good body of work; telling stories that do work. While I was doing this MA; I had different assignments abroad at the same time, and they were always supportive and giving me good advices. I feel my photography has gone much further than before, and I do understand better what does and what does not work. Had a good time with Jocelyn Bain Hogg, who not only was a good tutor and pushing me to go out of the box; but also very human oriented.Totally recommend to those who are thinking about doing it.

cheers;

Jan-Joseph Stok
www.janjosephstok.com

by Jan-Joseph Stok | 26 Sep 2007 19:09 | amsterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→
close, brian, it’s 20k per year and it’s a 2 year programme, so it is more like 40k

by Aaron Lee Fineman | 26 Sep 2007 19:09 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
no, its $20k for the whole programme, ie approx $10k per year

by paul lowe | 26 Sep 2007 19:09 | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
thanks, my bad, i am not that good at math and conversions.

by Aaron Lee Fineman | 26 Sep 2007 19:09 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Maybe you should do a Masters in Maths Aaron? Probably much cheaper too. :)

A lot of money that.. especially for an industry hiring and paying at record lows?

by Wade Laube | 26 Sep 2007 21:09 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
if we can try to keep this thread directly relevant to the course i would appreciate it, thanks

by paul lowe | 26 Sep 2007 21:09 | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Paul,

Thanks for posting this, I am very curious about this program.

by Brian C Frank | 26 Sep 2007 21:09 | Des Moines, IA, United States | | Report spam→
I really would like to consider this one…

I was considering apply for the full time but had no time to do it… Like this it might work much better, now i just need to get the funding for it…

When do we need to get the application through?

Many cheers,

Armando

by Armando Ribeiro | 26 Sep 2007 22:09 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Not wanting to high-jack Paul’s thread but those of you interesting in online Photojournalism/Documentary MA courses should take a look at the Bolton University course which is only one year, cheaper and offers an option of studying the course in China, UK or online.

Check out the course at www.photoma.org or the blog at www.photoma.org/blog or PM me if you have any questions about it as I completed it last year.

by sam machpherson | 27 Sep 2007 01:09 | london, Afghanistan | | Report spam→
if we could keep this thread only for discussion of the lcc course i would appreciate it, feel free to start another thread on other postgraduate courses

by paul lowe | 27 Sep 2007 08:09 | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
armando- applications are taken until the middle of december, but the sooner you apply the better

by paul lowe | 27 Sep 2007 08:09 | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
We see the 2 year programme as a major advantage for this course as we expect students to be able to work on a really substantial major project that will take them the best part of a year to produce, or even to bring a project that they have already been working on and bring it to conclusion eg book dummy or exhibition etc

by paul lowe | 27 Sep 2007 08:09 | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Paul is there a web design/html/flash/component in the course curriculum? Somewhere in the intuitive place in my brain, I am envisioning vintage methods in photography married to newer technologies, such as lets say, creating a series of albumen prints, then creating motion from the series of stills. Something similar to the first motion pictures. I yearn for the antiquated and would like to honor this. ( I just did not get enough during the undergrad study.)
I also wish to communicate historical reference to a particular story idea. Sometimes purely digital makes me feel absent of the qualities film renders.
Which leads me to another question regarding history of photography. Would this be pursued as independent study within the MAPJD program?
This program really is answer to the times.
Thanks!

by Ana Elisa Fuentes | 21 Oct 2007 09:10 (ed. Oct 21 2007) | Bavaria, Germany | | Report spam→
hi ana
our focus on the course is on the ideas and concepts behind projects rather than on software skills etc, so although we dont teach flash/html as such we do discuss the philosophy of multimedia and actively encourage students to experiment with sound, slideshows, quicktime etc, as we see this as one of the most important developments of the digital age

there is a significant element of historical/contemporary iscussion of photography on the course

also note that although the course is delivered digitally, we do expec some students to still be working on film and then scanning etc for upload, eg those working with medium or large format film

by paul lowe | 22 Oct 2007 09:10 | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I hope this is a huge success. It’s about time the various technologies available were used together for something like this. I’m a graduate of the Photojournalism Program at ICP and would have seriously considered an online option had it been available. I had just gotten married and left my wife behind in London 3 weeks after our honeymoon to attend in NYC. It was a tough first year of marriage for sure but a great year of study and professional development. I hope this endeavour can be equally as meaningful to potential candidates.

by Paul Treacy | 22 Oct 2007 17:10 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
THANK YOU PAUL
YOU ARE SO SWEET FOR WRITING SUCH!
I HOPE THIS COMES BACK TO YOU AND FAMILY A THOUSAND FOLD!

by Ana Elisa Fuentes | 22 Oct 2007 18:10 | Bavaria, Germany | | Report spam→
Just to make it clear this course is delivered entirely online via webconferencing, blogging, digital railroad etc, there is no requirement to attend any classes in london, and everything will be done remotely including interviews and applications

it is aimed at working photographers who want to combine studying and refining their practice with continuing to work, and as far as possible the course team will endeavour to help students fit their assignments for the course into their ‘real world’ work

by paul lowe | 22 Oct 2007 20:10 | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Paul,
Because this is a London based school am I correct in guessing that U.S. students would not be eligible for US federally funded aid? Is there any UK equivalent that would be available to international students?

-micah

by Micah Walter | 23 Oct 2007 13:10 | Portsmouth, Dominica | | Report spam→
Micah, US federal aid is available for schools outside the US, but you have to check if Sallie Mae recognizes its accreditation.

http://www.salliemae.com/international/us_students/us_students_FAQ.htm

by [former member] | 23 Oct 2007 14:10 | Philadelphia, Pa., United States | | Report spam→
unfortunately having a full time job and little money – bad combination – i cannot do such an intensive kind of course. but i’m very interested if you also offer any shorter (online or live) workshops on documentary and photojournalism?

by [former member] | 23 Oct 2007 16:10 | Berlin, Germany | | Report spam→
micah – unfortunately we dont have any funding from the college, there are som grants available from individual countries but you need to check in the us

barbara – we plan to extend the programme in the future to offer short courses too, but this will not be until 2009 at the earliest

by paul lowe | 23 Oct 2007 16:10 | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
What is the application deadline if the program begins in January?

by Lindsey Ross | 23 Oct 2007 20:10 | Bondurant, WY, United States | | Report spam→
Never mind – I found my answer

by Lindsey Ross | 24 Oct 2007 14:10 | Bondurant, WY, United States | | Report spam→
I advise you to apply as soon as possible, ideally by the end of november
good luck, paul

by paul lowe | 24 Oct 2007 16:10 | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Is there a program begining jan 2010? or do you have to wate until 2011 to aply? how have the first batch of students been getting on? how has the DRR problem been solved?

Greg

by Greg Rødland Buick | 12 Aug 2009 18:08 | Dakar, Senegal | | Report spam→
“if we can try to keep this thread directly relevant to the course i would appreciate it, thanks”

Paul, just because you started this thread as an advertisement for your course it does not mean that no other courses, programs or colleges should be mentioned. It would be to the benefit of the readers of this thread to be made aware of the alternatives.

by Barry Milyovsky | 13 Aug 2009 15:08 | lost in the, United States | | Report spam→
Does it still on?
I tried the links and they’re not working…

Anyone?

by Fred P. Alves | 13 Aug 2009 18:08 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | | Report spam→
My guess is it probably tanked. For any students considering doing a course like this, please remember that almost no publication or client is ever going to pay much attention to your CV or where you went to school, they are only going to look at your portfolio and perhaps ask about some of your other clients. You’d get a hell of a lot more out of your £3,000 or £10,000 if you chose to use that money to fund some of your own projects. Your time shooting real projects will be twenty times more valuable than your time spent ‘studying’ in a classroom, let alone in an online setting.

by [former member] | 14 Aug 2009 03:08 | Kabul, Afghanistan | | Report spam→
No, it hasn’t tanked, not by a long shot. The course is still on and going strong. There have been two intakes so far, both going very well and, though I can’t speak for the college because I’m just one of the students, I see no reason why there shouldn’t be another program starting Jan 2010. Greg, re the problem posed by DRR, we use Photoshelter now.
cheers

by Darrin Zammit Lupi | 14 Aug 2009 07:08 | Valletta, Malta | | Report spam→
Sound great

by Sheikh Rajibul Islam | 14 Aug 2009 14:08 | Dhaka, Bangladesh | | Report spam→

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Participants

paul lowe, photographer/lecturer paul lowe
photographer/lecturer
Sarajevo , Bosnia & Herzegovina
Dana De Luca, Photographer Dana De Luca
Photographer
Milan , Italy
Brian C Frank, Photographer Brian C Frank
Photographer
Des Moines, Iowa , United States
Jan-Joseph Stok, Photojournalist Jan-Joseph Stok
Photojournalist
Amsterdam , Netherlands ( AMS )
Aaron Lee Fineman, Photographer Aaron Lee Fineman
Photographer
New York City , United States
Wade Laube, Wade Laube
Sydney , Australia
Armando Ribeiro, Freelance Photographer Armando Ribeiro
Freelance Photographer
London , United Kingdom ( GTW )
sam machpherson, sam machpherson
London , Afghanistan
Ana Elisa Fuentes, Photographer Ana Elisa Fuentes
Photographer
(relentless)
[undisclosed location].
Paul  Treacy, Photographer Paul Treacy
Photographer
(Photohumourist)
London , United Kingdom ( LGW )
Micah Walter, Artist Micah Walter
Artist
Brooklyn, Ny , United States
Lindsey Ross, Photographer Lindsey Ross
Photographer
(Photographer)
Santa Barbara , United States ( LAX )
Greg Rødland Buick, photographer Greg Rødland Buick
photographer
(Freelance photographer)
Oslo , Norway
Barry Milyovsky, totally unprofessional Barry Milyovsky
totally unprofessional
(emperor of ice cream )
New York , United States
Fred P. Alves, Photojournalist, Fixer Fred P. Alves
Photojournalist, Fixer
(photojournalist,producer/fixer)
Rio De Janeiro , Brazil
Darrin Zammit Lupi, Photojournalist Darrin Zammit Lupi
Photojournalist
London , United Kingdom
Sheikh Rajibul Islam, Photographer/Videographer Sheikh Rajibul Islam
Photographer/Videographer
(Rajib)
Calgary , Canada


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