Course summary

The Photography Arts MA offers a dynamic mix of photography practice and research to support your development as an artist. In an open-minded educational environment, you will expand the boundaries of your photography, advancing your own distinct visual and conceptual approach. Students are fully supported by our internationally renowned photography staff and inspired by an exciting range of prominent visiting photographic artists and thinkers.

Situated in Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, you will have access to extensive photographic facilities and a wealth of inter-disciplinary expertise. You will be part of a world-famous centre for photography research.

The Photography Arts MA is a recently revalidated course, which builds on the former Photographic Studies MA (1996-2016). The course champions a long, proud tradition of cutting-edge photography pioneered at the University.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

  • Photography Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation or Masters Project

Option modules

  • Contemporary Debates
  • Photography and Aesthetics
  • Theories of the Image

Option modules from Documentary Photography and Photojournalism MA

  • History and Theory of the Published Page
  • Writing Photography

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants usually will have a good BA or BFA degree in photography or fine art, art history, cultural and media studies. Applicants with a good professional experience of photography or related practices in television, film and the wider visual arts are also welcome. Applicants without these may be accepted in exceptional circumstances, provided the applicant can demonstrate their ability to meet the demands of the course. An interview is normally held and a portfolio of practical work, which demonstrates the applicant’s skills, passion and ambition for developing their own photographic work is essential. Evidence of written skills and research knowledge may also be requested. If English is your second language you will need IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in each element.

Careers

Career path

An MA in Photography Arts is an unusually versatile qualification that prepares you to be an artist/photographer working at the highest level of ambitious contemporary art, and also gives you a range of transferable skills vital to twenty-first-century creative industries.

Graduates of the course work as independent artist/photographers and also as writers, educators, critics, publishers, curators, gallerists, picture editors and researchers. A number of graduates go on to pursue their research at the doctoral level.

Alumni from the course (under the former title Photographic Studies MA) now work all over the world in a range of careers requiring creativity, research skills and critical analysis of visual images

Career development centre

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year
Program taught in:
English

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Last updated April 10, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
Duration
1 year
Full-time
Price
16,500 GBP
international - UK/EU: £8,000 (fees per academic year)
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