MC270 - Master of Photography

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Plan: MC270 - Master of Photography
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

Learning in this program is a balance between practical studio-based activities and theoretical reflections upon contemporary photographic art and culture. A strong emphasis is placed on self-directed learning and independent research to develop your individual photographic practice and locate your work within an appropriate theoretical context. Your individual projects are developed in consultation with an academic advisor. Regular engagement with academic staff and your peers in cross disciplinary group tutorials and critique sessions employ group-based discussion and reflective learning techniques to assist you in refining your photographic practice and clarifying appropriate concepts, materials and methodologies to produce resolved works. Lectures, seminars, presentations, and field trips to public, commercial and artists-run galleries and culture resources will expand your understanding of contemporary photographic practice and complement the studio-based learning within this program.

Assessment in this program ranges from the presention of photographic folios, reflective reports, evaluations of individual projects, work integrated learning reports, curating and critiquing exhibitions, essay writing to contextualise and locate your work within the cultural and creative industries, oral/written/visual presentations, documentation of work-flows/methods/processes, development of an Appropriate Durable Record and literature reviews.

If you have a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition or are the primary carer of individuals with a disability it is possible to have adjustments arranged and negotiated to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. We call this work integrated learning (WIL). As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn;
  • apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations.

These interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning. Any or all of these aspects of a WIL experience may be simulated in a workplace environment. The designated WIL courses in this program are:

VART 3620 Professional Creative Practice (12cps): Drawing on expertise from arts industry professionals including practicing artists, curators, gallerists (including public, commercial and artist-run initiatives), theorists, critics and gallery administrators, this course experience may consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials, student presentations, studio visits and field trips.You will also begin to incorporate your research into your field of practice identifying thinkers and makers that constellate the world of your creative practice. You wil develop a proposal for an arts industry body that will be assessed by an expert with extensive indusrtry experience in govenment and non-governemnt galleries, funding bodies and publishers. The arts industry expert will provide feedback on your proposal that you will then have an opportunity to incorporate into your final submission.

VART 3637 Photography Studio 4 (24cps): This studio focuses upon the resolution of your photographic work for the capstone event of your program  - the professional presentation of your work to an industry assessor.  The industry assessor will be unfamiliar with your work prior to the event; much in the way a reviewer, funder, agent, or curator would be in a professional context. This experience therefore provides a real-world arts industry context where feedback from industry is integral to your learning.

When available, some optional courses also offer WIL opportunities.

 

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Program Structure

To graduate you must be complete the following: All courses listed may not be available each semester.
 

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Year One of Program

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Photography Studio 1 24 VART3634 City Campus
Photography Studio 2 24 VART3635 City Campus
Critical Frameworks A 12 VART3615 City Campus
Strategies for Creative Research 12 VART3613 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete Twenty-Four (24) credit points from the Program Options list at the end of this program structure
 
AND

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Year Two of Program

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Photography Studio 3 24 VART3636 City Campus
Photography Studio 4 24 VART3637 City Campus
Language of Creative Practice 12 VART3621 City Campus
Professional Creative Practice 12 VART3620 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete Twenty-Four (24) credit points from the Program Options list at the end of this program structure:
 
AND

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Program Options List

List of Program Option Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Art Global Intensive 1 12 HUSO2398 City Campus
Art Global Intensive 2 12 VART3675 City Campus
Photography Global Intensive 1 12 VART3703 City Campus
Photography Global Intensive 2 12 VART3705 City Campus
Internship 12 VART3640 City Campus
Arts Management Fundamentals 12 OART1066 City Campus
Introduction to Curating Contemporary Art 12 OART1067 City Campus
Digital Imaging Strategies 12 VART3638 City Campus
Critical Frameworks B 12 VART3616 City Campus
Critical Frameworks C 12 VART3617 City Campus
Masters Symposium 12 VART3614 City Campus
Applied Industry Engagement 12 VART3707 City Campus
Fieldwork 12 VART3709 City Campus
Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice A 12 VART3711 City Campus
Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice B 12 VART3713 City Campus
Practicing on Country / with Country 12 VART3715 City Campus
Cultural Planning and Evaluation 12 VART3717 City Campus
Industry Partnered Studio 12 VART3739 City Campus
Studio Skills Specialisation 12 VART3741 City Campus
 

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Program transition plan

In 2021 the Master of Photography  MC070 program structure was updated. The following table shows how courses in the old program structure map into course in the new program structure. 

Old Courses New Equivalent Courses

VART3634

Masters Photography Studio 1

VART3634

Photography Stuido 1 

VART3635

Masters Photography Studio 2

VART3635

Photography Studio 2

VART 3636

Masters Photography Studio 3

VART 3636

Photography Studio 3

VART 3637

Masters Photography Studio 4

VART 3637

Photography Studio 4

 

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