Application deadline: You can apply throughout the year
Tuition fee:
  • £ 4,230 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 11,290 / Year (International)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This MA course approaches photography as an expanded visual discipline. You are encouraged to produce professional work as well as engage with experimental and speculative approaches to making.

Our facilities and course ethos help you develop flexible modes of practice that respond to the diverse field of contemporary photography.

The course addresses the creative process of developing & realising a major body of work, paying attention to research, exhibition & publication.

Key study topics include:

* Defining your research project through practical visual exploration, encountering a number of theoretical paradigms and learning different research methods.
* Experimenting with different approaches and developing your major project to a professional level supported by discussion, seminars and tutorials. This MA course covers practical and theoretical territory including: contemporary photography, photography as technology defined by social practice, the status of the photographic image in new media, the time of the photograph, the archive, documentary and story-telling, the portrait as a social scene, landscape as place and space, critiques of realism, the language of objectivity, photography as bearing witness, legacies of postmodernism; chance, appropriation, performance, tableau.
* Defining the specialist nature of your project whilst also becoming critically aware of the contexts and histories you work within.
* Realising your project, with support from a range of professionals who help you identify modes of dissemination and relevant audiences and arenas for publication.

Get in touch

The Course Leader would be happy to discuss any questions you have about the course. Face-to-face appointments and Skype chats can be arranged to help you you explore your area of interest in detail.


This course offers a considered balance of support that develops practical skills and fosters a high standard of diverse critical approaches.

Your studies will be supported by internationally renowned staff in a department that encourages experimentation. This balance enables you to establish yourself as a rounded professional who can formulate ideas in a sophisticated framework whilst also being able to communicate to others, both visually and verbally. Strong emphasis is placed on publication, enabling you to find creative ways to disseminate your work beyond the academic context and into the public arena.

For details of the teaching staff on this course please see the staff profiles.

How this course is taught

You are taught through a series of lectures, one-to-one tutorials, group tutorials, specialist seminars, visiting lecturers and technical workshops. Presentations of your work in progress is a crucial part of learning on this course and happens throughout the year as group critiques and through an annual interim exhibition which is open to the public.

Full-time students have scheduled teaching and/or activities for up to two days a week and have access to workshops and studios for a further three days as agreed with their subject specialist tutor.

Part-time students have scheduled teaching and/or activities for up to two days a week and have access to workshops and studios for a further day as agreed with their subject specialist tutor.

All students have access to the library resources as per published opening hours.

How this course is assessed

You are assessed throughout the course on your practical work, written essays and presentations. Your final project is submitted as a portfolio (or equivalent) and exhibition, supplemented by a critical paper describing your work trajectory throughout the course. You also submit a publication folder that demonstrates creative strategies for the dissemination of your project.


Entry requirements

* A good Honours degree (normally 2:1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline, and/or;
* Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English a certificate is required as evidence that you have an average IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. If you are applying as an international student from a country outside the EU and require a visa to study in the UK, you will also need a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component.

You may be offered a place on a course on the condition that you improve your English language and study skills. We offer pre-sessional English language courses which can improve your IELTS score by a maximum of 1.0 and 0.5, or equivalent.

For further information on our English language requirements click here.


For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you have applied.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


UK Students:The University has a range of scholarships and bursaries available for UK students. The most up to date information can be found on the financial support pages of the UCA website.You can also speak with the Student Advice Manager at your campus for individual advice and guidance.
International Students:UCA operates a fixed fee policy which means that once you enrol on your course, your fees will remain at the same level for each year of study until you graduate.This means that if you start a pre-degree course and continue onto an undergraduate course and then an MA, your fees will remain unchanged over the course of your studies.For more information visit the International finance and fees page.
All Students:We have a range of UCA Creative Scholarships funded by alumni and friends of UCA available to all students. For details of these visit the UCA Creative Scholarships pages on the UCA website.

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