Master of Visual Arts in Photography

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Master of Visual Arts in Photography

VUT Research offers students within the Human Sciences Faculty the opportunity to complete a Master of Visual Arts in Photography. This level of study is aimed at making postgraduate students masters in their field as well as preparing them for the highest academic level of engagement, which would be to complete a Doctorate. In order to become masters of their craft students will need to interrogate their practice through a process of critically identifying, questioning and investigating advanced theoretical and production related issues surrounding their field of interest within photography. The duration of the course is two years and it consists of either a written dissertation or a practical body of work accompanied by a written research report investigating a proposed field of study within photographic related fields.

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Master of Visual Arts in Photography Course Requirements

In order for students to gain admission to complete a Master of Visual Arts in Photography, they need to have achieved a B-Tech: Photography or equivalent qualification with a minimum average of 65%. They also need to have successfully completed a Research Methodology course that has been approved by VUT Research.

In addition to the academic qualifications stated above, the following admission criteria also need to be satisfied before a recommendation for admission to complete a Master of Visual Arts in Photography can be made:

  • The proposed topic must be appropriate for higher degree research and it must be consistent with the academic aims and objectives of the student.

  • The student must have access to the necessary resources, facilities and the necessary budget in order to complete the degree within the timeframe.

  • There must be a qualified staff member holding confirmed, continuous or fixed-term appointments of sufficient length for the purposes of supervision of the proposed research and student.

  • The proposed program of work must be able to be completed within the maximum period of submission for the degree.

  • A suitable level of contact with the university supervisors must be maintained.

  • Where the applicant is currently employed, capacity to meet the timelines and other requirements must be considered.

  • The proposed research cannot reproduce research that has previously been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma.

  • Where the intellectual property rights of the applicant may be a consideration, a suitable agreement protecting the rights of the student needs to be signed. If the student is unwilling to sign an agreement, the research proposal may not be approved and the student may be required to choose another topic in an area that is not commercially sensitive.

  • The applicant should have no outstanding financial obligation with the University and in the case of international applicants, they should be able to verify the necessary financial capacity to undertake the program.

  • The applicant must possess sufficient English language proficiency.

Photography Career Opportunities

Students who have completed a Master of Visual Arts in Photography are well on their way to becoming masters of their craft within the industry. There are many opportunities within the media, marketing and advertising industries as well as displaying work in galleries. Graduates will also be able to open and run their own successful photography businesses where they can choose which areas of photography they would like to focus on. Graduates will also be able to engage in further research into their chosen focus in the Doctor of Visual Arts in Photography, and thereby also access academic career opportunities and further opportunities to contribute to their field.

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