Masters | Postgraduate Course - Photography Portfolio Development PG Dip Course Details within University of the Arts London

Course Fees
Home/EU Fees: £5,500 (2016/17 fees); International Fee £11,490 (2016/17 fees)
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London College of Communication
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Photography Portfolio Development PG Dip

Study Details

Postgraduate Diploma - 30 weeks - Full Time

Geared towards practising and experienced photographers, the Postgraduate Diploma Photography Portfolio Development at LCC will help you explore and enhance your range of technical skills from analogue to the latest hybrid technologies, and develop your practice through set course and personal projects. You will learn how to build a strong conceptual approach to further define your practice and complete the course with advanced professional skills to either work at the cutting edge of contemporary practice or to continue in education at a higher level.

Building on the rich heritage of photography teaching at LCC, the Postgraduate Diploma in Photography Portfolio Development is a challenging course that will give you the skills to establish a career as a professional photographer.

The emphasis of the course is on the acquisition of a high level of technical and professional skills together with the development of an individual, distinctive and conceptually strong practice. You will explore both traditional and digital image capture skills and the development of new hybrid technologies. In addition, the course highlights the expansive areas of new media surrounding professional photography. 

Through talks, seminars and workshops it will enable you to contextualise your practice within contemporary photography, and to develop a range of intellectual, analytical and professional skills. You will work on set and self-initiated projects which promote learning through discovery, interaction and response to change.

During your studies, you will have the opportunity to develop a high quality portfolio suitable for presentation when approaching clients for employment or commissions, or curators for those who wish to be an exhibiting photographer. For those wishing to continue their study, the theory and research elements of the course will prepare you for further learning at a higher level.

This course is taught within the School of Media at LCC. You will benefit from being part of a thriving photography and research culture, with many talks, exhibitions and events. Students also have access to events across the University and our extensive library services.

Module details


Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma course structure involves five units, totalling 120 credits. 


During the first two weeks, there will be an induction programme in which you will:

  • Get an overview of the structure of the course and the structure of each unit.
  • Get an overview of the facilities on offer to you at course, College and University level including those provided by the Learning Resources department, Library and open access, Student Services and the Students' Union. 
  • Discover the ethos of the course; learn the difference between working at postgraduate and undergraduate levels.

Autumn, Term One

Unit summary:

  • Photographic Research (20 credits) – This unit is designed to develop your approach to research, promoting a personal style or stance to engagement with photography image capture problems and decisions.
  • Photographic Futures (20 credits) – This unit assesses the impact of the visual image on new global consumer markets, dominated by media and challenged by an increasingly visually literate and demanding audience.

Spring, Term Two

Unit summary:

  • Photographic Research (continued)
  • Photographic Futures (continued)
  • Commercial Applications (20 credits) – This unit is project based and offers you the opportunity to determine in which area of photography you wish to pursue and to develop high level skills and competencies in professional practice.
  • Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
  • Major Project (40 credits) – To create a self-initiated research project. This will be a substantial piece of focused work

Summer, Term Three

Unit summary:

  • Commercial Applications (continued)
  • Major Project (continued)

The process for all units will involve you in original applications of knowledge, together with a practical ability to use and critically assess existing photographic techniques and formats. You will also, in the process of the critical evaluation of your own and others' work, develop innovative solutions to creative challenges.

If you are unable to continue or decide to exit the course, there is one possible exit award: A Postgraduate Certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the first 60 credits.

Entry Requirements

Recruitment and admissions

An Honours degree or equivalent experience is necessary to be considered for this course. We are looking for applicants who are progressing from an undergraduate course (or equivalent) and who already have a portfolio that demonstrates a high level of practice. Alternatively, you could be working as a self-employed practitioner or considering entering the profession. In this case you will have the intention of expanding your subject knowledge and understanding.

Any application you submit must be supported by a portfolio of work to be considered at interview.

Language requirements (International/EU)

  • In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill is required.

  • International Applicants, please visit our International Applications page for further details regarding Admissions.

Portfolio advice

Your portfolio should be in the form of up to 20 images of your work on CD (4MB limit per image). Please label your work carefully with your name, plus titles if appropriate. The total amount of work you submit must fit in a posting bag measuring a maximum of 30cm x 48cm. Although we treat all work with the greatest care and respect, we cannot accept responsibility for any loss of, or damage to, the work you submit.

References and interviews help determine whether your personal and professional aspirations are compatible with the aims and philosophy of the course. The interview also gives you an opportunity to demonstrate an objective, critical and reflective relationship to your work. If possible, it's a good idea to bring examples of current work (e.g. since application).