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Documentary Photography

Full-time, Online study

Photographs can change history, and our perception of contemporary issues. The course 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.

Professor Stuart Franklin, who heads up the documentary photography programme at Volda University College (VUC), is a Magnum photographer best known for his picture of the man trying to stop a long line of tanks, following the Tiananmen Square protests and massacre in Beijing during 1989. Franklin is a practicing, award-winning documentary photographer, who has worked over many years for the world’s leading magazines, such as National Geographic and Time Magazine and published 10 books of photographs. He is also an internationally published author and writer on photography. Recently, he has worked as a Pulitzer grant recipient on women’s land rights issues in Borneo and on the Covid-19 pandemic in London.


Application code(s) : 4304

Info and deadlines

Duration 1 semester

Credits 30

Start Spring

Deadline 01.12.2020

Study content

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.

Learn more about the course.

Admission requirements

Bachelor (BA) degree (in Arts or Humanities) 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 12-15 recent photographs by the applicant relevant to the course framework.

Still students, 28 years of age (minimum), and without a relevant bachelor degree can apply. As long as the applicant can provide documentation with a minimum of five years of education/work-experience. At least three of these five years must be relevant to this program. Also a minimum of 60 ects.from university level must be presented- along with the rest.  

Admission papers and photographs need to be uploaded into Søknadsweb, in folder "Documents" when applying, or by deadline December 1st. 2020, at the latest.

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.

Teaching methods and assessment schemes

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


For questions about admission:
Student service, tlf. +47 70 07 50 18
or e-mail

Academic questions:
Stuart Franklin