Master of Culture and Arts, Photography

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Degree: Master of Culture and Arts
Field of study: Arts and Humanities
Extent: 1,5 years 60 credits
Location: Pietarsaari
Application period: 7-20 January 2021

New Degree Programme 2021!

Master of Culture and Arts, Photography is carried out in close cooperation with established actors in the international art world. The focus of the programme is on creating the possibility for you to build the international network that is relevant for your photographic work. Only 15 students will be admitted.

The degree programme consists of 60 ECTS, 4-6 blocks of intense studies on location with periods of self-directed long distance studies in between these blocks.

  • Two of the blocks, a total of 10-14 days, will be held at Campus Allegro, Jakobstad/Pietarsaari, Finland
  • 2-4 of the blocks of on-location studies will consist of trips to various centres in the art world, in different cities around the world. We prioritize slow travel and avoid flying. The focus for the trips will therefore be on the European art scene, the networking with the rest of the world (eg. USA, Japan) will be realized through virtual channels.

The long distance studies will consist of extensive individual work and self-directed literature studies. The individual work will be focused on working on your own portfolio, written assignments, presentations, and projects. The long-distance studies can be done from anywhere in the world.

Study objectives

This degree programme offers you a unique opportunity to upgrade your entrepreneurial skills as well as ways of communicating your photographic practice. The programme gives you the chance to establish international contacts in order to expand your field of professional activity. The studies are aimed for professional artists and photographers with a bachelor or master degree and at least two years’ work experience in the field of visual culture and contemporary art.

The programme is carried out in close cooperation with established actors in the international art world. The focus of the program is on creating the possibility for you to build the international network that is relevant for your work. Only 15 students will be admitted so it will be possible to adjust the content of the programme to the individual needs of the students. Your own work and how to present it will be one of the cornerstones of the programme.

Through mentorship, workshops, field trips and individual studies, the program will allow you to:

  • Improve your capacity to work professionally both on a national and an international level.
  • Deepen your artistic and photographic practice.
  • Develop your ability to plan and direct your own work to adapt to local, national and international conditions.
  • Deepen your professional networks.
  • Develop your ability to communicate and present your artistic work.
  • Develop your portfolio and other presentation tools.
  • Get a close look at the structure of the international art scenes and markets.
  • Learn about advanced techniques, the business, agencies, galleries, international art fairs, biennials and other established events in the art world, and get the chance to visit a selection of these events.

The language of instruction

The programme is offered in English.

Study contents

The focus is to equip students so that they can communicate their skills and establish international contacts in order to expand their field of professional activity. Students acquire in-depth knowledge of their professional area and a readiness for international cooperation.

Key words for the programme:

  • Visibility
  • Ambition and strategic planning
  • Structures and methods
  • Cooperation and relationships
  • Identity
  • International perspectives

The programme has an international profile and will feature experts from various fields within the art world. They will give lectures and also work as supervisors and mentors for you during your individual work process throughout the programme.

Choosing a main subject or field of specialization

The artistic and photographic skills of the individual student have a great impact of the content of the studies.
The programme focuses on specific competences relating to a strategic mastery of creative processes along with individual artistic profile marketing.

Structure of studies

For students who have an earlier Bachelor’s Degree in Culture and Arts (240 ECTS) the studies consist of 60 ECTS:

  • Advanced studies 20 ECTS
  • Elective advanced studies 10 ECTS
  • Master’s thesis 30 ECTS

The programme comprises both contact studies and distance learning. Contact studies consist of four to six blocks - two at Campus Allegro in Jakobstad (two weeks in the autumn term and two weeks in the spring term) plus two to four intensive excursions to various organisations, companies, art exhibitions, biennales and art centres throughout Europe. The studies have a personal emphasis highlighting the artistic practise of each individual student. Distance learning includes literature studies, written assignments (statements and analyses), artistic and published works.

Final project

The thesis accounts for 30 ECTS, of which 15 ECTS comprise study presentations. This component involves an individual project and communication methods which clearly show the original artistic and/or photographic skills of the individual student. The thesis contains preliminary work (research methods and widespread research), development of the individual’s professional profile, supervision and follow-up.

Qualification

Under the Finnish legislation, a person who has taken the Master’s degree is qualified for posts or positions for which the qualification requirement is a second-cycle higher education degree. In some cases, the qualification requirement also includes the completion of studies in certain specified fields of study. The degree falls under the Article 11 of the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications, level e.

Career opportunities

The programme enables students to establish themselves and consolidate their place in the international field of photography, visual culture and contemporary art.

Internationalization

The degree programme Master of Culture and Arts, Photography, is based on international principles and the creation of a network in the world of international art. A significant part of contact learning will take place abroad. Persons active in the world of international art will act as senior lecturers and supervisors.

Co-operation with other parties

The degree programme is established in close cooperation with various art institutions and representatives in the international world of art and photography.

Postgraduate study opportunities

With a master’s degree, students can continue to university post-graduate studies. Under the Finnish legislation, a person who has taken the master’s degree is qualified for posts or positions for which the qualification requirement is a second-cycle higher education degree. In some cases, the qualification requirement also includes the completion of studies in certain specified fields of study. The degree falls under the Article 11 of the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications, levels.

Read more about applying to Novia UAS here.