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MA Freelance Photography

Course Description

This course is developed with leading industry professionals, producing graduates with the technical knowledge and entrepreneurial skills that the diverse, challenging photographic industry needs.

Students will explore areas of professional practice, including the use of DSLRs and high-end medium format cameras, creative lighting strategies in both the studio and on location, and ways to conceptualise and direct a shoot. Students will also look at post-processing and retouching.


• Professional Photography Skills
• Enterprise
• Creative Freelance Strategies
• Production Lab
• MA by Practice


Assessments usually emphasise scholarly or professional practice through which the key learning objectives are tested. Three weeks are set aside for assessment work.


The MA has a strong thread of individual personal development planning, supporting your studies and enhancing your career ambitions. To this end you will undertake a placement with either professional freelance photographers or work with your own client-base to a publishable outcome.

The Birmingham School of Media has a number of close contacts in the creative and cultural sector, regionally, nationally and internationally, which will aid in finding appropriate placements and exploring work in these industries.

Employment Opportunities:

Upon successfully completing the MA Freelance Photography, you will have the technical and professional skills to work as a freelance photographer, and to effectively market your brand identity in this competitive market sector.

You will have a focused portfolio of work, and a considered identity and visual brand as a freelance photographer. You will also have a deeper understanding of the practical and theoretical frameworks guiding the setting up, marketing and running of your creative enterprise.

Successful students will be self-motivated independent practitioners who will have advanced photographic and transferable skills in enterprise, marketing and promotion.

You will have made a number of contacts and joined a number of networks, photographic organisations and professional bodies while on the course and be ready to take your skills into the marketplace. You will be able to further develop a role you already have in the creative industries, or embark on a new career in the creative visual industries.

Visit the MA Freelance Photography page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess at least an upper second class first degree (or equivalent) in photography or have considerable experience in this field and be able to demonstrate evidence of ability appropriate to the course. Good spoken and written English are vital. IELTS level 6.5 is a minimum. Applicants must have proven experience in photography, an inquiring mind and a self-motivated creative vision.

Course Fees

Please visit the Birmingham School of Media website for up to date tuition fee information

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