MA/MFA / by Robert Darch

I have spent the last three years studying at Plymouth University, first completing a Masters in Photography & The Book and then an MFA in Photographic Arts. This time has been invaluable for me to re-engage with a photographic practice which stopped almost before it started over a decade earlier. I just missed out on achieving a distinction for my degree in Documentary Photography at Newport, which I struggled with for the last couple of years due to ill health. So psychologically for purposes of closure, I felt it was important to achieve a distinction for my Masters at Plymouth. It was a bonus that I then achieved a distinction for the MFA as well. Also my girlfriend got a distinction for her masters, so of course I had to do the same! In the scheme of things I don’t actually think grades and marks are that important, but just due to a particular set of circumstances it was important for me.