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MA Photography

Course Description


MA Photography is an international fine art photography course that explores the possibilities of both visual and conceptual expression, merging research deeply with practice. The course is rooted in the idea that photography has no self-limiting identity or essence. In creating work that is visually exciting and intellectually compelling you’ll develop as an artist with photography at the core of your practice, defining, or redefining photography as the art form of 21st Century. The course is led by Daniel Rubinstein, recipient of a 2014 UAL Teaching Award. 2014 award nominations: Sina Michalskaja, Nova Award winner and finalist for the Celeste Prize; Daniel Silva shortlisted for Saatchi 2014 Sensations Prize.


MA Photography is a course for those who want to explore photography as fine art and to benefit from studying in an environment driven by curiosity, experimentation and play underpinned by practices and methodologies of fine art research. Our understanding of photography is not bound to either photojournalism or media studies, instead we believe that the recent transformation of photography's technical and cultural form is deeply significant not only for those who want to understand the present and to anticipate the future but also for those who want to explore photography's pre-digital past.

Students are encouraged to find out for themselves what photography means as an art practice. Taking on board such broad and diverse notions as digital aesthetics, practice as research, screen cultures, the document, still and moving image, philosophy, performance, sound, writing and electronic arts this course offers the ideal environment within which to explore photography as visual art in the 21st century.


MA Photography lasts 60 weeks structured as two consecutive periods of 30 weeks each (i.e. two academic years) in its 'extended full-time mode.'

MA Photography is credit rated at 180 credits, and comprises 3 units:

Unit 1 (40 credits) and Unit 2 (20 credits) run concurrently and last 15 weeks.
Unit 3 (120 credits) follows after the completion of Units 1 and 2 and runs for 45 weeks.

Students successfully achieving Units 1 and 2 may exit at this point with the award of Postgraduate Certificate.

In year one we expect you to commit an average of 40 hours per week. In year two your study is predominantly self-managed but we expect you to commit an average of 20 hours per week. Across the two years, therefore, you're expected to commit an average of 30 hours per week.

Visit the MA Photography page on the University of the Arts London website for more details!

Student Profiles

UAL Postgraduate Funding and Scholarships Schemes - 20+ Awards

University of the Arts London is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to those wishing to study at postgraduate level.
These awards are funded by generous private donations, company donations, philanthropic charities and University funds. The scholarships range from fee waivers to full support for a year or more.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £25,000


To see whether you are eligible for one of our postgraduate scholarships, visit the UAL website by following the link below.

Application Procedure

To find out whether you are eligible for one of our postgraduate scholarships, or to see details of application procedures and application forms, visit the UAL website by following the link below.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Honours degree or an equivalent academic qualification; OR an equivalent professional qualification; OR prior equivalent experiential learning; OR a combination of equivalent formal qualifications and experiential learning. You must submit a portfolio with your application. All classes are conducted in English. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent.

Course Fees

Home/EU: £4,500 per year. International: £11,510 per year. Home/EU alumni receive a £500 per year discount.

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