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MA Photography

Course Description

For individuals who already have a significant level of achievement, this programme enables students to explore the practice of photography and digital imaging either as separate or combined disciplines at the highest level.

Sunderland’s academic team includes staff with world-class reputations whose research interests fall within the areas of landscape, documentary and diaristic photography, experimental and alternative photographic methods, and span a variety of themes, from representations of femininity, subcultures, curating and exhibiting art photography with a specialism in new photographic technologies and the networked image.

Students will be encouraged to develop their own skills as they address technological, practical and theoretical questions.

The development of new ideas, conceptual strategies and an understanding of the broader debates surrounding photographic practice are all a very important part of the programme. A diversity of approach within photography in recognition of the changing nature of the discipline is encouraged.


The University has invested in modern facilities in the recently refurbished Northern Centre of Photography that include:
Chemical darkrooms for colour and black and white printing. You can print from 35mm to 5x4 with a large horizontal enlarger to create extra large prints
Separate chemical darkroom for alternative printing methods
Digital darkrooms with state-of-the-art scanners and digital production and printing
Photography studios equipped with tungsten and flash lighting equipment
Cameras ranging from 35mm to 5x4 Pentax, Nikon, Mamiya, Hasselblad, Fuji 6x7, Toyo, Sinar and Linhoff. We provide Digital Nikons and Leaf backs for high-end digital studio work as well as HD video cameras
Digital suites with open-access Apple Macs for editing video and digital images
Digital studio with video, sound editing and screening facilities
Project spaces
Large wall screen with HD projection for film and video screenings
Art gallery

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

(Student Profile)

Juliet Chenery-Robson

3406.jpg “I trained originally as a photojournalist and I have worked for newspapers and magazines including the Northamptonshire Evening Chronicle and Sunderland Echo. I decided to develop my photography practice further by applying for MA Photography at Sunderland as it has an excellent reputation.
“I enjoyed everything about the course even though I found it hard at first to get to grips with academic language and different ways of approaching my writing and photography. It pushed my boundaries and made me think much more about what I wanted to achieve and how to go about it.
“There are excellent darkroom facilities for both black and white and colour photography (one of the few remaining in the country) and there is a large range of studio and camera equipment, modern digital facilities and helpful technicians.
“I also enjoyed the city. Sunderland has a beautiful coastline with amazing golden beaches and is only a short train ride to many other places of interest. The National Glass Centre, Museum and Winter Gardens and the Stadium of Light are right on the doorstep.
“All the staff are extremely supportive and encourage you to explore new ways of seeing, both theoretically and practically. I was always able to approach them for help or even just a friendly chat. There were also lots of interesting and informative visiting speakers such as well known photographers, curators and artists.
“I really enjoyed the final module, which included preparing a body of work to show at the MA exhibition in the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. It was exciting and challenging to be able to present my work for exhibition and also because I was able, in a small way, to realise my intentions of visualising certain aspects of the illness M.E. and make more people aware of the limitations it imposes upon sufferers and their families.
“I am now in my final year of a PhD Photography at Sunderland where I have continued to focus on the visual representation of M.E. It has been an amazing and rewarding experience, despite all the hard work! But, I could not have got this far without the support and belief of some amazing staff at the University, so I would encourage anyone thinking about studying photography here to apply as they will not be disappointed.”


Entry Requirements

Applications are invited from holders of a good honours degree in photography or other lens based media.

Course Fees

£4,500 if you are from the UK / EU or £10,500 if you are an International student

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