Masters Photojournalism graduates’ exhibition, University of Westminster

MAPJ celebrates its graduates with an end of year exhibition at the prestigious Ambika P3 Gallery at the university’s Marylebone Campus in September, and has become a calendar date for industry professionals to check out the new talent.

The Course

The emphasis of the course is on contemporary approaches to editorial and documentary photography. You will receive tuition in the history and theory of the published page, creating photo essays and single images for publication, picture editing, critical and journalistic writing, the production and design of a magazine, and conceiving and executing a successful major project. On this journey, you will gain a critical understanding of images, as well as image/text relations, which will serve you well in your future careers as the country’s foremost visual thinkers and practitioners.

Graduates from MAPJ are eminently employable, and regularly achieve success, awards and acclaim as photographers, picture researchers, picture editors, writers, lecturers, designers, art buyers and festival organisers (see Alumni section of this website for further details).

Semester one

The course is designed so that students progress quickly and fluently from one semester to the next, building skills and experience to achieve the best possible photographic portfolio, which will become their ‘passport’ to a successful career. Taught modules run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in term time.

History and Theory of the Published Page
This module aims to provide students with the historical and theo-retical contexts that inform the practice and deployment of photo-journalism in the contemporary media sphere. Through a series of close readings of published photographs, students will develop a critical awareness about a range of political, ethical and moral is-sues that confront practitioners within the media.

Photography for Publication
You will focus on how to produce successful news or feature images for the press. The module will cover pre-production and postproduction of digital images in Photoshop.

The Picture Story
This module concentrates on the structure, form and content of the picture essay. You will produce a professional-quality photo story by the end of the mo-dule, along with a written critical assessment.

Semester two

Magazine Editorial Production
During this module you will work in groups with fellow course members to produce a finished magazine to a professional standard. Each group will devise a magazine concept, produce the photographs and text, design the pages and see the project through to print stage. Specialist design tuition and weekly editorial meetings throughout the module will monitor progress of the publication. The resulting magazine will be an important part of your final portfolio.

Writing Photography
This module will reinforce the skills of researching and introduce the practice of writing to different models. You will develop critical tools with which to appraise the work of other writers and photo-graphers, and engage in a through exploration of the relationship between words and pictures.

Semester three

Major Project or Dissertation
You will negotiate your project with your tutors, taking into account your expected career path. Projects can range from a substantial photographic portfolio on a major theme to a book dummy or website. The work produced on this module should be used as a significant career asset when you enter the world.

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