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Photography MA/PG Dip/PG Cert

About the course

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This well established and practice based Photography MA provides you with an innovative, supportive and stimulating environment. You will focus on the creation of original photographic work, through traditional, experimental or electronic means.

We encourage you to develop a critical and contextual understanding of photographic image making, and seek to extend your visual and intellectual awareness and independent thinking, and promote your conceptual and creative originality.

The course is modular in structure, and builds towards the completion of a major body of photographic work, through a series of self-defined practical assignments, supported by in-depth written commentaries.

You will have opportunities to develop key subject specific and transferable skills, which can be utilised across a range of professional and personal contexts, and for further postgraduate study at MPhil or PhD level.

Key facts

Duration:  One year full-time, two years part-time

Location: Portland Building, De Montfort University

Start date: September 2015

Entry and admission criteria

  • You should have the equivalent of a 2:2 or above UK Bachelor’s Honours degree in photography or a related subject
  • You will need to submit a portfolio of photographic work
  • If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis



UK applicants with relevant qualifications should submit a portfolio of work.

Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. For further details check our Portfolio advice for international students.|

International Students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition|, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Teaching and assessment

The programme attracts students from a range of academic and professional backgrounds and experiences, and part of the teaching and learning strategy therefore seeks to use this diversity to enrich the learning experience for you; facilitating collaboration amongst the practitioners on the programme and maximising the potential for peer learning at an advanced level.

Full-time students attend taught sessions twice a week in the first term, one session per week in term two, and occasional contact sessions in the third term.

Part-time students attend taught sessions, once a week on a Tuesday across three terms in the first year, and every other week on a Wednesday, across three terms in the second year. Taught sessions consist of lectures, seminars, critiques, workshops and tutorials.

There are assessments at the end of each term. A pass grade for each module must be achieved to proceed through the course. 

Course modules

Research Methods
Research is central to the creative process and the development of your ideas. Designed to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the critical nature and scope of research, we will introduce you to a range of methods appropriate to a detailed study of photographic image making, within a contextual framework of contemporary arts practice and debate.

Photographic Context and Analysis
This module will introduce you to a rigorous and structured approach to writing critically about your own practice. You will build through a number of stages to enable the creation of written work that is informed, meaningful and relevant.

Practical Perspectives
Designed to challenge your existing knowledge and experience of photographic image making, this module concentrates on the ways in which meaning can be shaped and communicated through photography. The module runs as a thirty-credit module in term one for full-time students, and as two fifteen-credit modules in terms one and two for part-time students.

Negotiated Photographic
This photographic production-centered module forms the preliminary investigation for the Major Project. You will be required to continue to develop your own practice within an environment of critical debate, by extending your photographic imaging skills, independent judgement, visual sensibility and aesthetic and technical self-sufficiency.

Professional Practice
Designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop key professional presentation skills, this module has a particular emphasis on the way your work and ideas can be developed and promoted through a range of opportunities within the creative industries.

Major Project
This final module runs over one term for full-time students, and over two terms for part-time students. It represents the resolution stage of your Photography MA; where you will demonstrate initiative, personal responsibility, complex decision-making, planning and implementation, the essential skills for employment, and for continuing professional and personal development.

Academic expertise

The course team comprises experienced practitioners and researchers, who draw on their extensive professional skill and expertise in education, research, exhibiting and publishing. 

Visiting lectures by internationally acknowledged photographers, artists, curators, publishers and critics provide valuable insights into aspects of professional practice. Our visiting lecture programme has been video recorded since the course began in 1995, and forms a unique and comprehensive archive for you.

Graduate careers

The Photography MA enables you to develop a significant body of work that can be exploited in a range of external contexts. Our graduates have an exceptionally strong record of achievement including exhibitions at leading national and international venues, publications, commissions, residencies and PhD research. The course content hones skills in criticism and analysis, which are invaluable in professions such as publishing, broadcasting, journalism, public relations and related areas. 

Those interested in pursuing further study for a research degree, at either MPhil or PhD level, will benefit from the expertise offered by De Montfort University’s Photography and Video Arts Practice Research Group, who teach on the programme.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding options for 2015/16 entry

Fees (Full time) £4,500
Fees (Part time) £2250 per year
Postgraduate courses fees £12,200

For more information please take a look at our Funding 2015 section.|

Fees and funding are subject to change.


 Learn more about postgraduate funding and finance


The course is based in well-equipped accommodation with excellent technical support and includes photographic and video studios and equipment hire, traditional darkrooms, computer suits with flat bed and film scanners and large format inkjet printing.

How to apply

Students can apply directly to study this postgraduate taught course at DMU by using our online applications portal|.

You should give full details of your qualifications, relevant work experience and evidence of design work in a digital/portfolio format.

Contact details

For more information please contact:

Online enquiry form|
UK Study enquiries: 0116 250 6070
International study enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

For course-specific details please contact:

Mike Simmons
T: +44 (0)116 257 7671 or 7679

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