Photography

Learning outcomes

Content Outcomes:
  • The student strengthens his/her earlier expression skills, artistic vision and vocational competence
  • The student gains a general understanding of the field of photography and can relate his/her activities to it
  • Graduates of the Master’s Degree Programme in Photography understand the many different uses and special characteristics of a photograph and can work with them in a professional manner.
Skill Outcomes:
  • The student produces photographic expression of high content and technical quality
  • The student can use different photography publication processes and platforms
  • The student is able to network nationally and internationally and present his/her competence to actors in the photography field
Academic Skills:
  • The student knows the basics of photography theory
  • He/she can write investigative text and use information sources
  • He/she knows the trends and methods in photography research and, more broadly, in visual culture research and the related knowledge theory backgrounds.

After completing a master’s degree, the student can apply for doctoral studies in photography.

Education content

The programme’s studies consist of 90 ECTS of major studies and 30 ECTS of elective studies. The major studies consist of joint compulsory studies of the Department of Media (14 ECTS) and the major’s compulsory studies (76 ECTS).

The studies emphasize photography as a means of independent and multidisciplinary arts expression and the development of conceptual thinking and research skills.

The languages of instruction in the master’s programme are Finnish and English. Students may write their Master’s thesis in Finnish, Swedish or English.

The staff and students in the Master’s Degree Programme in Photography form an academic and creative community. International artistic activities and the various photograph publication processes and platforms are core areas of the degree programme. The most visible results of the activities are domestic and international exhibitions, photography publications, Helsinki Photomedia Conference and Helsinki School activities.

The studies include vocational, artistic and research courses. The teaching methods are workshops, study projects, theoretical studies, lectures, seminars and personal guidance. Studies in international student exchange programmes are recommended as part of the degree programme. Based on his/her orientation, the student can supplement intermediate studies with courses in the humanities, business or technology offered by other Aalto University schools and other universities. The student also has the opportunity to learn about current international activities in photography research at the Helsinki Photomedia Conference that is held in even years.

The studies require personal motivation and an interest in the working methods of photographic expression as well as the ability to independently solve problems and complete tasks related to the work processes in the professional field of photography. The studies are full-time and mainly completed independently. The studies enable the development of advanced professional competence, expressive skills and theoretical thinking. A strong artistic vision and the ability to think conceptually are key objectives of the studies.

Major in Photography 90 ECTS

Code

Title

ECTS Credits

Photography Major Studies

90

Compulsory joint studies for a master’s degree in the department of media

14

DOM-E0000

Understanding Media, Art and Design

4

DOM-E0002

Professional Legislation Practices for MA-students

3

DOM-E0001

Research Skills/Tutkimustaidot

4

In addition student chooses one of the following courses:

LC-ARTS.1021

Writing for Master´s Students

3

LC-ARTS.1020

ARTS Academic Communication for Master´s Students

3

LC-ARTS.7001

Academic Writing

3

Compulsory studies for the major in Photography

76

DOM-E3000

Personal Study Plan

1

DOM-E3001

Photography Workshops

12

DOM-E3002

Student’s own Projects

8

DOM-E3003

From Theme to Analysis I

6

DOM-E3004

Presentation Skills

3

DOM-E3005

Introduction to Helsinki School

2

DOM-E3006

History of Photography

3

DOM-E3007

Theory of Photography

6

DOM-E3028

Master’s Thesis Seminar

5

DOM.thes 

Master’s Thesis

30

 

Elective Studies 30 ECTS

In addition, students choose 30 ECTS of elective studies. As elective studies, students can complete minor studies and/or take individual courses from other programmes at Aalto University or other Finnish universities, participate in an international student exchange programme, do an internship in Finland or abroad, or take elective courses offered by Master’s Degree Programme in Photography. The offering of a major’s elective studies may vary depending on the academic year.

Elective Studies in Photography

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

Professional elective courses

 

DOM-E3008

Fashion Photography

3

DOM-E3009

Architectural Photography

3

DOM-E3010

Theatre Photography

3–5

DOM-E3011

Self Promotion

6

DOM-E3012

Photojournalism

3

DOM-E3013

Studio Workshop

3

DOM-E3014

Multimedia Storytelling

4

DOM.trai

Practical Training

5–15 *

DOM-E3015

Projects

4–16 *

DOM-E0003

Common Advanced Workshop/Project at the Department of Media

3–20 *

Artistic elective courses

 

DOM-E3001

Photography Workshops

8

DOM-E3016

Photobook Design and Production

4–20 *

DOM-E3017

New Platforms for Photographic Art

3

DOM-E3018

Moving Image

4

DOM-E3019

Meet the Critics

3–8

DOM-E3020

Artistic Portfolio

3

DOM-E3021

Criticism as Positive Tool

3

DOM-E3022

Helsinki School Exhibition Activities

3–15 *

DOM-E3002

Student’s Own Projects

3–24 *

DOM-E3023

From Theme to Analysis II

3

Research-oriented elective courses

 

DOM-E3024

Basic Issues in Media Aesthetics

2–4

DOM-E3025

Lecture Pass

2

DOM-E3026

Textbook Exam

2–6

DOM-E3027

Creative Academic Writing

3

* ) Students have the right to be credited with components of courses from courses over 12 ECTS.

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