The MA Photography & Design course at ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona is a taught, practice-based programme, which attracts students from around the world and approaches photography as an open visual discipline in where you are encouraged to confidently produce complex and extended photographic projects as well as engage with contemporary, critical, experimental and speculative approaches to photography.
The course places an emphasis on innovation, experimentation, and intellectual and practical enquiry in where students are encouraged to actively engage with contemporary photographic art practice through publication, exhibition and participation in live projects.
The course offers a dynamic and exciting environment for studying the practice of photography enabling students to acquire advanced photographic skills and apply them to complex, self-generated projects, and engaging with different technical and theoretical practices about the image. This characterises our committed study at postgraduate level, bringing photographic education up to date with contemporary photographic practice. It also pays attention to the dissemination of photographic work, exhibition & publication and focuses on the reasons by which the meaning of an image is shaped by its use and contextualization.
Drawing on the expertise of a diverse range of professional photographers, guest lecturers and technical advisers, you will enhance your knowledge and skills through a series of photographic projects using practice-led research and supportive written work. By the end of the MA you should be able to produce challenging cutting edge contemporary work that uses photography effectively, exploring beyond the medium specific boundaries in order to produce innovative solutions to new arenas and methods of display and delivery.
The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award. Applicants are normally expected to possess an BA degree in fine arts, applied arts or design, or have equivalent experience.
Provide a flexible but structured interdisciplinary context in which students can rigorously pursue a self-directed research project whose outcomes are embodied within the systematic production of a specific and original body of work within the field of photography.
To encourage the development of each student’s own critical reflection as the basis for developing as independent learners capable of advancing their own skills, knowledge and professional and research practice.
Provide students with the means for establishing and understanding the place of their own work within the context of relevant and contemporary academic and professional situations and debates.
Provide students with professional photography technical skills.
To encourage the development of research strategies that reflect the contemporary context in theoretical discourse and creative practice and form the basis for informed speculation about future directions.
I. FUNDAMENTALS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Principles of photography composition.
Image and visual perception.
Narrative and text.
II. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Digital zone photometry.
Building light with a flash.
III. PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT
Image processing by area.
Camera and lenses.
Lighting and exteriors.
Lighting and the environment.
IV. PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTEXT AND PROCESS
a. Visual thought
Image and text.
Image and aesthetics.
Image and context.
Photography and culture.
Photography and identity.
b. Uses of photography
Non-conventional tools and contexts.
Photographic technique as an aesthetic resource.
Advertising and communication.
Editing a story.
Digital editing, tools.
Representation of space
Multidisciplinary approach to photography.
V. DIGITAL DESIGN
Photography for design.
Design for photography.
Magazine design and editing.
Retouching and management
VI. USES OF PHOTOGRAPHY
The professional photography market.
Photography in the art market
Uses and trends in contemporary photography.
Marketing for photographers
Statements for photographers.
Multimedia for photographers
VII. PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT
Project management and dynamics.
Project analysis and evaluation.
Tutorials and seminars.
Public presentation and exhibition of the final project.
This course will provide students with an excellent opportunity to expand their photography-based art practice, extend their portfolio and develop focused contextual projects. The MA also will prepare students for a diverse range of careers within the creative and photographic industries, from commercial organisations to photojournalism and the arts. Completing the course will also enhance your employability, offering you a broad range of skills form writing funding applications, to managing projects and creating personal and promotional strategies.
On successful completion of the course students will have:
Initiated and implemented an individual self-directed research project using research methods, materials, techniques and processes appropriate to design practice.
Demonstrated a thorough understanding of, and critical engagement with, the relevant practical, theoretical and professional contexts of their project and be able to situate and interpret their own work within this context.
Demonstrated an ability to employ analysis, synthesis and evaluation to a range of external sources and to their own practice to inspire and inform the generation, development and application of original ideas.
Demonstrated a reflective and evaluative approach to their own work which allows them to act independently in identifying, implementing and sustaining individual research and practice at a professional level.
Demonstrated an ability to communicate complex and speculative concepts, methods and proposals effectively in spoken, written and visual forms.
Identified the potential for their work within specific professional contexts and developed appropriate communication skills for engagement with this audience.
Demonstrated an ability to use photography as a tool for communicating effectively concepts and ideas
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