Vidareutdanning (bachelornivå)

Documentary Photography


Photographs can change history, and our perception of contemporary issues. 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. Currently, he is working as a Pulitzer grant recipient on women’s land rights issues in Borneo.

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Varigheit 1 semester

Studiepoeng 30

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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.

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.

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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.

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, 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. 


  • Monday 8 Jan. (from 2 p.m.) - Thursday 11 Jan.
  • Monday 5 Feb. (from 2 p.m.) - Thursday 8 Feb.
  • Monday 3 March (from 2 p.m.) - Thursday 8 March
  • Monday 9 April (from 2 p.m.) - Thursday 12 April
  • Tuesday 22 May (from 2 p.m.) - Friday 25 May


Questions about admission:
Studentsørvis, tlf. 70 07 50 18
or e-mail 

Academic questions:
Paul Bjerke

Stuart Franklin