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Welcome to MA Photographic History and Practice

Welcome to the MA in Photographic History and Practice.

We're very happy to welcome you on this pioneering MA, where you will learn not just theory and history of photography, but curatorial skills, research practice and writing abilities that we hope will help you fulfil your personal and professional goals in photographic history.

The MA has been developed by a number of staff members in the department including Professor Emeritus Roger Taylor, Dr Kelley Wilder and Professor Stephen Brown and will be taught by the programme team of Kelley Wilder, Kris Juncker, and Stephen Brown and a variety of guest lecturers occasionally including (in no particular order) Elizabeth Lambourn, Elizabeth Edwards, Michael Pritchard, Colin Harding, Anne Hammond, Hope Kingsley, Howard Freeman, Martin Richardson, Kris Juncker and many more. In addition the programme will make use of the participation from our partners who include Birmingham City Library, The British Library, The Wilson Centre for Photography Studies, London and The National Media Museum, Bradford.

As a postgraduate student you are encouraged to combine a high degree of autonomy with an engagement in the research culture at De Montfort University. There are various opportunities to become involved with the wealth of research, both in the department and across the university, and especially in the Photographic History Research Centre. We will keep you up to date on the availability of research seminars throughout the year, and opportunities for participating in postgraduate research in the form of online newsletters, museum and archive internships and conferences.

This wiki is here for your use, to give you quick and easy access to the information you need throughout the course. The primary purpose of these pages of the wiki handbook is to provide students registered on the MA in Photographic History and Practice with more detail about the degree, its structure and organisation, and the modules currently available. It also offers guidelines to the presentation of written work and includes a site for student feedback that we will utilize throughout the programme. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the guidelines and that you follow them when submitting work for assessment. This is still a new programme of study, and your input will have a great deal of influence on the future programme delivery and organisation. We will be asking you to evaluate each module and the programme as a whole, and your responses will be considered in the module and programme development. If you feel there is information missing from these wiki pages, please let us know, and we will add it to the appropriate pages.

To orient you as far as the structure of the department is concerned, the MA Photographic History and Practice is part of the School of Media and Communication. The School runs undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree programmes and has an international reputation for its creative and research outputs, which in recent years have included graduates and staff receiving accolades for their work on the national and international stage, across the breadth and diversity of the School's activity. You are encouraged to find out what your colleagues are up to, to go to events, and to keep yourself abreast of the work that is going on here on your doorstep.

The MA Photographic History and Practice has a variety of subject specific facilities in addition to the University and faculty graduate facilities available. Portland Building 1.24 is a dedicated Graduate study room for Photographic History. We have recently become the holder of a large donation of photographic journals from the former Kodak Research Library, which will offer you access to published resources in photographic history equal to the best libraries in Britain. These are available at the Special Collections Study area for you to use. We want to encourage you to make use of the resources that are available here in the University, and you will find they are quite considerable.

The Head of the School of Media and Communication is Stephen Brown. Appointments to see him can be made through Mandy Stuart (+44 (0)116 257 7671) or he can be emailed direct at sbrown@dmu.ac.uk. Claire Scott is your contact point for all School-related questions, and her office is on the top floor of Portland Building, 2.1. She is there most afternoons during term time.

Dr Kelley Wilder (kwilder@dmu.ac.uk - (+44 (0)116 207 8865) is Programme Leader and Professor Stephen Brown (sbrown@dmu.ac.uk - (+44 (0)116 257 7173) and Dr Kris Juncker (kjuncker@dmu.ac.uk) are module leaders for the MA in Photographic History and Practice. All of them are based in the School of Media and Communication, in the Portland Building.

Our entire postgraduate teaching staff is here to help and should you experience any difficulties with your studies or otherwise, please do not hesitate to contact your programme leader, or any member of the programme team.

We look forward to working with you in this and the coming years.


Kelley Wilder, Kris Juncker and Stephen Brown

Welcome to the Faculty of Art and Design

Welcome to De Montfort University and the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities

The Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities consists of six Schools: Architecture, Arts, Design, Fashion and Textiles, Humanities and Media and Communication.

We are delighted that you have chosen DMU to study for a postgraduate qualification and hope that your studies and final award enable you to pursue your chosen career or further your academic studies by embarking upon a research degree.

The Faculty specialises in innovation and creativity. The result is that our students win prestigious international and UK awards, gain excellent placements and sponsorships and go on to exciting careers in the creative arena. We will do all we can to ensure that you have an enjoyable and stimulating experience as a postgraduate student.

We encourage all postgraduate students to make use, where possible, of the facilities at DMU. The University has dedicated facilities and learning support centred at the Kimberlin Library which offers a range of support and services from essay writing to laptop loans and printing. This handbook is an important source of information for you but you will also need a copy of the Taught Postgraduate Programmes Handbook and Regulations

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