Masters | Postgraduate Course - Photography MFA Course Details within University for the Creative Arts

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Photography MFA

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2yrs Full Time

MFA Photography offers you a rare opportunity for extended study and practice over two years at Masters level.

A distinctive feature of our course is the development of a high level of professional and research-based knowledge on the subject of photography. This gives you a unique perspective to enable you to be successful in this internationally expanding field.

You'll study units which provide inter-connected 'streams' of study, that serve to integrate theoretical and research methodologies with practice-based work. And you'll either take a visual or written approach to your studies, or a combination of both.

Course overview:

You're encouraged to explore the medium of photography and its related theoretical fields in an experimental manner and with an open mind. You should develop excellent technical skills, creative vision and academic understanding on our course.

As part of the MFA, you'll be introduced to a wide range of global photographic disciplines and will benefit from our unique relationship with the National Institute of Design in India, which you can visit as part of our exchange/work placement programme. The opportunity for work placements both in the UK and abroad will help you to develop a good understanding of the working world of photography.

Module details

Year 1, Stage 1

- Critical Contexts
- Exploratory Practice (Photography)

Year 1, Stage 2

- Reflection and Development
- International Exchange (optional)

Year 2, Stage 1

- Advanced Practice (Photography)
- International Exchange (optional)

Year 2, Stage 2

- Final Project (Photography) 

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline


Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on 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've applied.

Student Destinations

Graduates from this course work in a wide variety of related careers, including:

Editorial, fashion, documentary and fine art photography
Editing and curatorial posts
Gallery and project management
Technical support.