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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Overview

If you've got a passion for photography and a relevant undergraduate qualification, or equivalent industry experience, this MA Photography course is your perfect way to take your creative career further.

On this course, you'll extend your photographic work to postgraduate level and hone your authorial voice and engage with the debates that inform and underpin photographic practice. You'll have many opportunities to network, publicise and market your work outside of the University too, so once you graduate, you'll be better prepared for life in the creative sector.

You'll also have gained the knowledge and skills required to work effectively in the photographic industry or in a number of broader creative roles – such as writing, curating, picture editing and education.

What you'll experience

On this Photography degree course you'll:

  • Engage with internationally-renowned visiting speakers and practitioners – recent speakers have included photographers Anna Fox, Oliver Chanarin, Maisie Cousins, Faisal Abdu Allah, Eric Kessels, Laura Pannack, Tom Hunter, Eva Stenram, Bettina von Zwehl and Sunil Gupta
  • Take part in study visits to galleries and photography festivals
  • Make use of our extensive photographic studio facilities, including: flash and tungsten lighting set ups, digital and traditional darkrooms supporting colour and black and white photography, high-end negative scanners, ink jet printers and projection facilities
  • Optimise and fine tune your portfolio with our powerful PCs and Macs, loaded with the software used by professionals, high-spec printers, and film, video and photography editing facilities
  • Get hands-on with the latest production techniques and equipment, including: 3D printing, CNC milling machines, digital fabric printing, as well as printing workshops with screen printing, letterpress, laser cutting, dye sublimation and digital fabric printing facilities
  • Get best practice tips and practical support from academic staff and technicians on all elements of photographic work
  • Have access to our comprehensively equipped library facilities, including over 400,000 books, DVDs, maps, and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers, as well as electronic resources that are available anywhere, 24/7

Careers and opportunities

The course may lead to opportunities in freelance photography, curating, exhibiting, assisting in a commercial photographic environment, visual content provision, picture editing, or PhD research / research-related careers.

Through seminars, project work, training and work experience, the MA Photography course will help you to engage with the creative industries of photography and its ancillary industries to be better equipped for employment and further career progression.

What can you do with a Photography degree?

The MA course may lead to opportunities in:

  • Freelance photography
  • Curating
  • Exhibiting
  • Assisting in a commercial photographic environment
  • Visual content provider
  • Picture editing
  • PhD research / Research related careers

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Portsmouth

  • University League Table

    74th

  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

Around 5,200 of the university's 29,000 students come from 150 countries around the world. The Global Community networking scheme helps them to meet.
The University of Portsmouth Global team is dedicated to supporting international students from enquiry, through application and arrival, to graduation.
International students can get specialist advice on matters including visas and immigration, settling in to the UK and adjusting to a new culture.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    85th out of 103 33

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    118 62%

    62nd

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54.0 54%

    47th

    42
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.18 84%

    27th

    20

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