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DMU: Wilson Fellowship in Photographic History available for 2012/13

De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Wilson Fellowship for its MA in Photographic History and Practice. The Fellowship offers £5,000 toward the defrayal of tuition and other costs related to the MA, and is open to all students UK, EU and International.

To apply for the Wilson Fellowship, please submit your CV and a piece of recent writing on photographic history no longer than 10,000 words, in English, to the Programme Leader by August 15. For applications to the MA, please contact Student Recruitment at the Faculty of Art and Design at or apply online at For questions about the MA programme or the Wilson Fellowship please contact Programme Leader, Dr Kelley Wilder at

The MA in Photographic History and Practice is the first course of its kind in the UK. It lays the foundations for understanding the social and cultural scope of photographic history and provides the tools to carry out the independent research in this larger context, working in particular from primary source material. We work with the collections of the National Media Museum, Bradford, the Central Library, Birmingham, the British Library and private collections throughout Britain. Students handle photographic material, learn analogue photographic processes, write history from objects in collections, compare historical photographic movements, and debate the canon of photographic history. They also learn about digital preservation and access issues through practical design projects involving Website and database design.

Research Methods are a core component, providing students with essential handling, writing, critical thinking, digitizing and presentation skills needed for MA and Research level work. Modules encourage independent critical thinking in history writing, introduce students to methodologies commonly encountered in photographic history, and set the students on a course for finding their own MA dissertation topic. Students receive expert advice on the thesis topic of their choosing, which is written in the summer months and submitted in September, one year after the course begins, in the case of full time study, or two years in the case of part‐time.

For further details on the course and application process, please download a course brochure from the web site.

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