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Photography - MFA

Course Description

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.

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.

Industry Partners

Our course has a number of connections with similar institutions worldwide, including art and design institutes and universities in India, Pakistan, USA, Sweden, France and Spain.

Professional contacts and regular industry lectures are integral to this course, and enable you to learn from photographers and artists talking about their professional practice.

Recent guest lecturers include:
-Martin Parr
-Val Williams
-Iain Sinclair
-Sarah Pickering
-Helen Sear
-Joy Gregory
-David Dibosa
-Jeremy Akerman
-Joan Fontcuberta
-Joachim Schmid
-Susan Lipper
-Ewan Spencer
-Marius Hannsen
-Robert Wyatt
-Simon Watney


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

Visit the Photography - MFA page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Helen Goodin

"The environment at UCA was really nurturing and supportive which gave me the confidence to explore my ideas, no matter how abstract they were. The tutors were great and the course structure was very useful in making sure that I was progressing at a good rate but also devoting enough time and energy into developing each specific aspects"

(Student Profile)

Charan Singh

"The course was an extraordinary experience for a student like me, who did not come from a photography background. I achieved a distinction in my MFA, which was unbelievable to me, all credit goes to my tutors and mentors, they were wonderful."


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline and/or relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

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