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The Master of Photography is a postgraduate professional practice degree specialising in photography.
The Master of Photography is designed to meet the needs of professional photographers, artists and creative industry professionals to advance their conceptual and creative skills and enliven their photographic practice. It is the only Master of Photography program in Australia.
The role of the photographer within the arts and creative industries is evolving, particularly in relation to imaging technologies and emerging media devices, their impact on society and use in photography.
In this program you will explore photography through studio based learning and independent research, offering a rigorous and dynamic environment through which to realise your creative ambitions.
You will have access to a creative environment facilitated by hands-on practical experience, one-on-one academic guidance, and the support of a community of peers.
Through the development of an autonomous practice, you will demonstrate expert judgment in analysing and applying specific photographic theories, traditional practices and new technologies. The capstone experience of this program is a self-initiated, major photographic project that is publically presented for critical review.
Graduates will be prepared for a career in photography as adaptable expert practitioners and scholars who are able to provide insight and leadership to research, produce and transmit photographic images and knowledge to a globalised media economy.
You will have access to a range of specialised photographic facilities to support your area of practice; including shooting studios, professional capture equipment, post production editing facilities, computer labs and fine art large format printing technologies.
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 guided, 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 will 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 models professional practice in the creative fields, ranging from the presentation of photographic folios, reflective reports, curating and critiquing exhibitions, essay writing to contextualise and locate your work within the cultural and creative industries, documentation of processes and the development of an Appropriate Durable Record.
RMIT has many close links with photographic and aligned creative industries which take a variety of forms. Academics are professional photographers, photo-journalists, artists, editors, writers and curators maintaining strong linkages within national and global photographic practice and the community.
External industry experts and speakers are regularly engaged to speak to students through a number of forums, and international study tours are available.
RMIT holds existing and longstanding partnerships and connections with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Centre for Contemporary Photography, the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and many other institutions.
Work integrated learning
You’ll draw on expertise from photography industry professionals through weekly forums that examine various issues, opportunities and perspectives of the industry and models of contemporary art practice.
Through a professional practice seminar series, you will develop a proposal for an arts industry body that will be assessed by an expert with extensive experience in government and non-government galleries, funding bodies and publishers. The arts industry expert will provide feedback that you’ll have the opportunity to incorporate into your final proposal.
The Master of Photography will prepare you for work or further research in the diverse global photographic industry.
Graduates will have advanced and specialised knowledge and skills in photographic communication and practice. You will be able to independently create photographic works for professional presentation and communicate your ideas effectively in a range of professionalcontexts.
Postgraduate qualifications are desired in the global market. Graduate will be more competitive in securing roles in museums, galleries, government institutes, education, community organisations and private sector organisations throughout Asia and Europe.
RMIT’s School of Art has a long tradition in and focus on international engagement. The awards available assist graduates to build international experiences into their practice and emerging careers.
SITUATE is a residency program in the School for artists, curators and researchers, and honours students (along with postgraduate students) may apply for this program. SITUATE connects people through art by creating onsite real-time opportunities for creative experimentation, cross-cultural dialogue and global mobility. SITUATE manages a series of Reciprocal Residencies where we send RMIT affiliated and Australian artists overseas and receive artists from the partner organisations. Exchanges include:
• The Austrian Arts Residency Exchange
• The Canadian Indigenous Arts Residency Exchange
• The Taiwanese Arts Residency Exchange
• The Japanese Arts Residency Exchange
The School of Art has a longstanding global focus provided through many activities, but particularly the International Artists in Residence program iAIR Program, which provides students with access to international artists and academics who often feature as guest lecturers throughout the year.
You’ll have the opportunity to apply for overseas art residencies, which have placed previous students in East China Normal University in Shanghai, China; Krems, Austria; Tokyo Wondersite, Japan; and the University of Lethbridge, Canada.
RMIT’s Global Mobility also supports students to develop and undertake an exchange or a short-term mobility activity during their Honours study through our network of 165 partner universities worldwide.
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Transform your photographic practice
Draw on the expertise of RMIT's industry professionals to advance your conceptual and creative skills.