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Postgraduate (full-time, part-time)

Photography MA

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge (England)

£ 6,100 - (Rs 5,04,731)

Important information

  • Master
  • Cambridge (England)
  • Duration:
    12 Months
  • When:
    September 2017

Discover, research and experiment with different photographic processes and disciplines using our industry-standard facilities. Supported by a team of photographers, visual artists and theorists, you’ll develop your critical understanding of this art form, and prepare for a career in today's global photography industry.

Our course will help you define your photography practice and become a critical practitioner.

You’ll learn to experiment, to carry out research and disseminate your work. The course focuses on the relationship of practice to research and research to practice, the role of sequence and series in developing your visual language, the relationship between text and image, and the latest important issues in photographic theory and practice.

Important information
What are the course objectives?

Our course will prepare you for many roles in the photographic industry and beyond: photographer, yes, but also picture researcher, assistant, lecturer, curator or art critic. You might choose a 'portfolio career' and combine your photography work with other activities. Either way, you’ll have developed the skills to use a comprehensive range of approaches and technologies which, combined with projects such as symposium and exhibition organisation, will prove invaluable in many roles.

With our focus on international practice, you'll be able to develop new contacts and networks, and seek out international employment opportunities. If you’re from a country where the visual media has untapped potential, you’ll be in a position to contribute to its development.

Requirements: A good honours degree (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. Applicants to this course will be required to attend interview and display a portfolio of work for assessment. Applicants resident outside of mainland UK only may submit a portfolio electronically.


Where and when

Starts Location
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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What you'll learn on the course

Digital Photography
Landscape Photography
Portrait Photography
Team Training
Art Photography
Dark Room
Nature Photography
Photo Editing
Photography Basics
Photography Lighting
Photography Studio
Professional Photography
Studio Photography

Course programme

Core modules
  • Process and Practice as ResearchYou will engage with the relationship between research and production. In particular you will explore the process of designing a research project for Art and Design students at Masters level. Lectures and seminars will introduce you to methodology, ethics and exemplars of research methods from a broad range of art and design disciplines. 
  • Photography: Experimental PracticeThis module will provide you with an opportunity to engage in a sustained body of self-initiated practice-based research. You’ll explore new approaches and deepen existing areas of technical expertise. 
  • Photography: International PerspectivesDemonstrating creative judgement when applying the techniques, tools, and methods appropriate to your practice, you’ll be encouraged to create work based on a concept that is both contemporary and topical. 
  • Master's Dissertation Art and DesignThis module forms the major written element of the MA programme. On it, you will be invited to choose a topic related to your area of study, as the basis for a research essay of up to 8,000 words.
  • Master's Project: Art and DesignThe Masters Project represents the culmination of your learning on the programme, and giving you the opportunity to develop and resolve a major area of enquiry. This is a self-directed visual project negotiated with the staff team and peers. 

You’ll show your progress through a combination of methods that reflect the learning outcomes of each module. These include portfolios of practical and written work, reflective commentaries, symposium contributions, and a 6,000-work dissertation.

Additional information

Course duration: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.
Teaching times: 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm Wednesdays (full-time); 10am-1pm or 2pm - 5pm Wednesdays (part-time).

Course feesUK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year) £6,100

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time) £3,050

International students, 2016/17 (per year) £11,700