Documentary Photography

He has taken photos that has made its mark in world history. Now Stuart Franklin will share his knowledge with students at Volda University College. Documentary Photography is designed for Master level students who wish to develop their skills as professional photographers, as well as students who wish to develop their academic understanding of documentary photography.


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Documentary Photography is offered as a full term course in the Spring semester of the first year of the VUC Master programme, and is also open for students following Master programmes at other universities.

Main elements of the course will be:

  • Learning through experience – the oppor­tunity to work on in-depth documentary projects within the boundaries of set assign­ments and self-directed work.
  • Learning through peer-reviewed and tut­or-assessed critique within a supported aca­demic environment.
  • The opportunity to undergo in-depth res­e­arch and practice within documentary photography.

Teaching is based on five four-day gatherings each month. The taught element will include a combination of seminars, lectures and assigned projects with subsequent collective and tutorial-based evaluation. Students will be expected to engage in self-directed work and focus on the set assignments during the time between each gathering.

Examination in the first year  will be based on photographs produced during the assignments and include an extended essay.


Bachelor (BA) degree (in Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences) or equivalent sufficient to follow a Master’s degree level of study. Verifiable practical skills in photography, and mastery of the English language sufficient to participate in dialogue lecturing. Admission will be based on study programmes and a letter of application to include reasons for applying, as well as an academic CV (all to be submitted in English), together with a portfolio of 10 recent photographs by the applicant relevant to the course framework. The photographs should be submitted as one PDF-file not exceeding 5 MB. Applications are to be handed in to the VUC Student Support Office by email: Please mark the application DJM311. Students following relevant master programs will be given priority.

Required personal equipment: Personal equipment fit for documentary photography plus access to digital photographic post-production software.

Undervisningsmåtar og vurderingsordningar

Teaching is organized as a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials to take place during five gatherings, held over four days. Students will complete a series of coursework requirements between the gatherings, to be handed in electronically at set deadlines. Submitted photographic work will be discussed both in plenary sessions and in tutorials during the gatherings, as a part of the course.