Taught course


Arts University Bournemouth

Entry requirements

To discuss an application or to apply for this course, please email admissions or call +44 1202 363228

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

The MA Commercial Photography course offers you the opportunity to enhance your practice with the aim of becoming a photographer at the forefront of the industry. This course is founded on the assertion that commercial photography is a powerful form of mass communication that can connect with an audience of millions.

This course allows you to undertake advanced study in a wide range of areas including advertising, documentary, editorial, fashion and fine art photography. Through originality in the application of contemporary academic research and professional practices to the production of new complex work, you will challenge the accepted conventions of the genres.

The course enables you to develop an in-depth and critically informed understanding of the commercial photography industry. You will engage with key themes in emerging and established critical analyses that underpin each professional genre. This will equip you with the theoretical understanding to progress your practice and effectively articulate your concepts through the production of advanced outcomes to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

You are encouraged to make industrial links across a broad range of organisations relevant to your chosen professional specialism and work on live projects as part of your MA study. Using these links, you will learn to manage and exceed client expectations through the application of your new academic understanding to the production of inventive commercial work.

Information for international students

For further information, email the International Office or call 01202 363233.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The course is also eligible for a Postgraduate Loan from Student Finance England for UK and EU nationals meeting the residency requirements.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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