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Program presentation

Regent’s University London and Spéos have partnered to create a unique MA in Photography. The first session will take place in September 2022, for the duration of one year. This intensive program takes place in London, in English only, and is jointly delivered by partner organisations Regent’s University London and Spéos.

Objectives

This programme focuses on bridging the gap between art and commerce in the fast-moving, future-focused, image-making discipline of photography. Learning a broad range of approaches, you’ll be encouraged to develop your own individual viewpoint: your signature style, personal brand and business niche. Become an innovative and entrepreneurial photography professional with an understanding of how to apply your creative and technical skills in commercial contexts.

Advancing your technical knowledge and skills, as well as your entrepreneurial and business practices (building your brand, collaborating with others, promoting and presenting your work globally) will be fundamental to your studies. Learn from academics, professional photographers, production experts and prominent industry leaders to ensure your classes are shaped by the most current industry practices.

Both Regent’s University London and Spéos give you exposure to valuable industry contacts and the opportunity to study within a truly international student body.

Take part in a study trip to a European cultural centre. You’ll get the chance to showcase your work in exhibitions and learn how to confidently present to different audiences.

Upon graduation, you’ll have become a confident, creative and critical photographer with an understanding of your audience and environment. You’ll have built a brand and developed an individual photographic approach – ready to show your professional portfolio to clients, consumers and industry leaders.

Expected careers

This course will equip you with the skills you need for a career as a photographer, and you’ll also gain the knowledge to undertake a range of other creative roles, including:

  • Freelance photographers – the majority of photography graduates intend to become freelance photographers or entrepreneurs (working in editorial, commercial, fine art, portrait, news or documentary), with the aim of starting a photography enterprise.
  • Salaried positions – if you have previous training and experience in graphic design, cinematography, motion design, communications, journalism, marketing, PR or other creative professions, you could be well-placed for a salaried position that combines your skillsets. These include social media, graphic design, post-production, etc. If you have previous experience in sales, you could also move into creative management – for example, as a model booker or marketing manager.
  • Art direction, set design or image styling – if you’re also skilled in art direction, set design, image styling or creative direction, you could use your skills in larger agencies, publishing houses or magazines. You could even move into cinema or TV production.

Or, if you’d like to continue your education, you could take a further course in art, design, fashion, communications, marketing, PR, film or CGI, to expand your skillset. Occasionally graduates elect to pursue a career in education.

Minimum entry requirements for Level 7 students
One of the following qualifications:

  • Minimum second class UK undergraduate degree
  • Equivalent international qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University
  • Exceptional entry will be assessed on case by case basis by academic referral only based on:
    – An undergraduate degree lower than 2:2 plus one year of relevant work experience
    – No undergraduate degree but three years of relevant work experience

Documents to submit
All applicants should provide a 1000-word personal statement outlining their reasons for applying, and how their previous experience is relevant to the programme they are applying for. Applicants should also be prepared to provide their CV and portfolio for review.

Exceptional entry
We also welcome applications from candidates who do not meet the essential entry criteria outlined above. In order to be accepted for exceptional entry, you must:

  • Hold a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • Provide a 1000-word personal statement outlining your reasons for applying, and how your previous experience is of relevance to the programme you are applying for
  • Be prepared to attend an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Panel

English Language requirements
English is our language of instruction and we require proof of your English proficiency.
You can demonstrate your English proficiency with:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with 5.5 or above in all 4 component parts
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80 (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 in A1 or A2 English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.
For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see Regent’s English language courses.

Regent’s English Proficiency Test (REPT)
We provide an online English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Proficiency Test (REPT). This test must be booked in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. The REPT test is currently free of charge.

This course will equip you with the skills you need for a career as a photographer, and you’ll also gain the knowledge to undertake a range of other creative roles, including:

  • Freelance photographers – the majority of photography graduates intend to become freelance photographers or entrepreneurs (working in editorial, commercial, fine art, portrait, news or documentary), with the aim of starting a photography enterprise.
  • Salaried positions – if you have previous training and experience in graphic design, cinematography, motion design, communications, journalism, marketing, PR or other creative professions, you could be well-placed for a salaried position that combines your skillsets. These include social media, graphic design, post-production, etc. If you have previous experience in sales, you could also move into creative management – for example, as a model booker or marketing manager.
  • Art direction, set design or image styling – if you’re also skilled in art direction, set design, image styling or creative direction, you could use your skills in larger agencies, publishing houses or magazines. You could even move into cinema or TV production.

Or, if you’d like to continue your education, you could take a further course in art, design, fashion, communications, marketing, PR, film or CGI, to expand your skillset. Occasionally graduates elect to pursue a career in education.

Next session: September 2022-July 2023
Campus: Regent’s University London and Spéos London in Camberwell
Language of instruction: English
Tuitions:
– France, European Union nationals: £25,000
– International students: £25,000

Diploma: MA in Photography by Regent’s University London in collaboration with Spéos.

Scholarships: Regent’s University London offers a variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies. For more information, please visit Regent’s University London scholarships and funding page.

Disability Support: We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism, mobility difficulties and temporary or chronic health conditions. Please speak with our Disability team as early as you can, to enable us to support you. Find out more about Regent’s University London disability support.

Apply on the website of Regent’s University London

Course description

Personal Photographic Practice (20 credits)
This module starts off your individual journey of photography studies at postgraduate level. It sharpens your focus by teaching you how to critically reflect on your work and improve your contextual understanding and industry analysis. You’ll collaborate with peers from a range of photographic disciplines to improve your teamwork, optimise your approach to image creation by exploring new technology and digital programmes, and you’ll broaden your skills at a Masters level.

Evolution of Photography (10 credits)
You’ll explore a variety of historic periods in this module, gaining an understanding of how the photographic medium has developed since its inception and how key cultural and societal changes have shaped its existence and evolution. Based on analysis, you’ll apply your views to your own practical work, redefining your emerging signature style.

Advancing Photographic Skills (10 credits)
In this module, you’ll learn to advance your photographic and IT skills across a broad range of applications. You’ll gain a comprehensive overview of programmes and skills, while learning to refine, master cutting-edge techniques and enrich your portfolio with industry-standard production values – expanding your possibilities.

Building Your Personal Brand (10 credits)
This module will further your understanding of building your brand and promoting your photographic work to relevant audiences and clients around the world. Explore both online and offline channels as you learn how to shape your product and bring it to market.

Process, Production and Presentation (20 credits)
In this module, you’ll experience all aspects of producing and presenting your photographic work for a public showcase. Collectively – and in collaboration with others – you’ll create a collection of images for a previously defined publication and audience. You’ll also engage in the mastery of printmaking.

Contemporary Issues (10 credits)
This module looks at today’s critical discussion of photography in an academic context. You’ll research contemporary transformations and adaptations and explore how photographers push boundaries, critically analysing as you go. The knowledge you explore will challenge and inform your practical work.

Specialist Photographic Skills (20 credits)
This module develops your photographic and IT skills with a clear focus on your personal specialisms and interests – teaching you how to apply new, cutting-edge technology to your workflow. Collaborative projects and applied industry briefs will also help you to refine your confident handling of a range of projects.

Photographic Enterprise (20 credits)
In this module, you’ll learn how to understand and master the art of financial enterprise and success in your chosen discipline. You’ll refine your brand, USPs and portfolio – and build a business proposal around it, creating a plan that outlines your strategy and your path to financial success.

Major Project (40 credits)
The Major Project is the culmination of your Masters studies. This is the moment when you demonstrate your developed approach to photography in the context of industry application. Your refined conceptual thinking and advanced skills will allow you to finalise a series of photographic works confidently for public showcase – expressing artistic value as well as commercial maturity. You’ll aim to get public recognition, helping you to seamlessly transition into a work environment.

Expanded Photography (10)
The discovery of innovative and progressive approaches to photography forms the core of this module. You’ll be actively challenging the status quo of what we know and understand about photography, and how it’s applied to a range of media and publication channels. The expanded understanding of the photographic practice will question your personal approach to image-making and how it is perceived by different audiences.

Regent’s Connect (10-12 credits)
Regent’s Connect is a portfolio of language and cross-cultural elective modules available to all students at Regent’s. It’s designed to broaden your education and enhance your global career prospects. You’ll gain valuable life skills such as confidence, resilience, self-awareness and cultural sensitivity, as well as the ability to communicate across borders – a skill that’s extremely useful in an increasingly interconnected world.

Teaching & Assessment

We offer a high level of practical learning, both on and off campus, where you’ll engage in exciting learning experiences that encourage collaboration and self-expression through studio practice, workshops, laboratory work, guest lectures, seminars and personal tutorials.

You’ll have the opportunity to attend events and exhibitions – both on and off campus – and meet with industry players (Canon, Nikon, Leica), to build your professional network. Plus, you’ll have the chance to travel to galleries in both the UK and France (for example, the Nicéphore Niépce House Museum in Burgundy, owned by Spéos).

Living in London, you’ll be able to take advantage of some of the world’s most renowned galleries, libraries, museums and photo festivals. Working in such a culturally rich city, you’ll grow both personally and professionally.

Contact hours:
10/12 credit modules – 36h
20 credit modules – 60h
40 credit modules – 120h

You’ll be taught by academics, working photographers and production experts – ensuring your classes are shaped by the most current industry practices. These include Jochen Braun, Yaron Lapid, Deborah Schultz, Mark Chilvers, and Juliana Manara.

You’ll also benefit from regular guest lectures by professional photographers – from news and documentary to fashion and film. Plus, we have opportunities with prestigious photography partnerships such as Magnum Photos (Paris and London) and Polka (in France) – both of which hold workshops and lectures on campus. We also have links with Profoto, Elinchrom, Manfrotto and Vitec PLV, Canon Europe, XP distribution, ARRI and Sony.

Our small, interactive classes ensure you’ll have a high level of contact with your teachers – enabling you to develop your own personal style and find your niche within a highly competitive market.

Your skills and knowledge will be assessed through coursework alone, with no exams. You’ll complete practical and group work, pitches, production plans and written analyses on aspects of the industry.

Enrollment and Contact

Registrations for this course are managed directly by Regent’s University London.
Do not hesitate to consult the description of this Master’s course on the website of Regent’s University London.
You can also contact Spéos if you have any questions about this photography program.

Apply on the website of Regent’s University London