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Master of Documentary Photography

There is no new intake in this course for 2012.

Course structure and requirements

Master of Documentary Photography students present a proposed area of investigation at the beginning of the course to develop as a project major. In the first semester of study they are introduced to the conceptual and technical means required to plan and develop the project. In the following semester, the program consolidates and expands on the conceptual, aesthetic and technical methodologies of documentary photography to equip students to work at an advanced level of practice to complete their project. An academic adviser supervises the students' progress, and a panel of academic staff members assesses the completed project.

The practice seminars provide students with proficiency in using digital still equipment including medium format cameras, digital file preparation including establishing a digital image workflow, film scanning, large format inkjet printing, and the use of electronic flash in the studio and on location.

The unit of study, History of Documentary Image Making, considers the work of critics, theorists and selected historical and contemporary practitioners central to the development of documentary photography. This unit includes discussion and analysis of issues relating to contemporary practice and documentary photography's place in contemporary culture. Students deliver short presentations and write essays on areas related to documentary image making and their practice.

The History of Documentary Image Making and Documentary Photo Practice units are delivered in lectures and/or seminars and tutorials, while project major units are delivered in group sessions and face-to-face consultations in the SCA studios.

Students have individual and group access to studio facilities to develop their projects outside class hours.

Students are supervised by the Course Coordinator, Steven Lojewski.


Master of Documentary Photography

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Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course title


Master of Documentary Photography

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

4 Admission to candidature

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants according to the following admissions criteria.
Admission to candidature requires:
the Bachelor of Visual Arts degree or an equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline, from the University of Sydney or equivalent institution; and
the presentation of a portfolio of creative work demonstrating the ability to undertake advanced art practise and coursework.
In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications but whose evidence of experience and achievement is deemed to be equivalent and sufficient to undertake the award.
An applicant may be required to undertake preliminary or qualifying studies, and complete such preliminary examinations as the faculty may prescribe, before admission to candidature.

5 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in Table A: Postgraduate core units of study.
To qualify for the award of the Master of Documentary Photography a candidate must complete 48 credit points of core units as prescribed in the table.
Candidates may apply to the course coordinator to substitute 12 credit points of electives from any postgraduate coursework units in the University in place of the Documentary Photo Practice Seminar units. Permission may also be required from the coordinator of the elective unit.

6 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2011 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2011 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2011 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2016. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.