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Norwich University of the Arts · Norwich University of the Arts

Entry requirements

The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award. Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons)/BSc Degree of 2:1 or above, or other qualifications (including non-UK) that the University considers equivalent, in a subject related to your proposed course of study. Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application.

Months of entry


Course content

NUA’s MA Photography provides an intensive environment for the advanced study of commercial photographic practice. The programme is practice-based and students are encouraged to develop both an individual approach to image making, and a deep understanding of appropriate professional contexts. Photography at NUA has gained a strong reputation in the field of advertising, fashion and editorial photography and is strongly linked to industry and professional bodies including the Association of Photographers. Under expert tuition you will consider the relationship between your individual practice and its potential dissemination in a commercial context.

MA students benefit from the opportunity to reflect and share practice with the wider postgraduate community. We encourage our students to engage in critical discourse through course specific seminars, lectures and critiques; larger NUA symposia and attendance at national and international exhibitions and conferences. Lectures, seminars and workshops will encourage students to explore the complex relationship between individual approaches to practice and client-led work. A series of workshops will consider contextual and theoretical aspects of photography including collaboration, aesthetic/ anti-aesthetic, technological determinism and the impact of emerging technologies.

With access to outstanding studios and digital darkrooms housed in a converted 12th century monastery, students will develop their visual practice. Tutors, technicians and industry guests will also enable students to explore the possibilities of moving image within the context of contemporary photography. Students and graduates will also have access to NUA’s Library, the largest specialist art, design and media collection in the East of England including 32,000 books, 1,300 journal subscriptions and 3,000 DVDs.

Subject Leader James Cant is a lecturer across both the MA and BA in Photography. He has been a professional photographer since 1995 producing national and international campaigns for some of the UK’s top advertising agencies. His portraits have appeared in numerous UK and overseas magazine titles. His work has been shown by the Photographers Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery as well as being widely exhibited elsewhere in the UK and abroad. In 2009 he graduated from LCC with an MA in photography.

Scholarship and funding information is available. See NUA website for details: http://www.nua.ac.uk

Information for international students

NUA has earned an international reputation for excellence over the course of its 170 years training leaders in the creative industries. The University’s international community are genuinely valued for their contribution to student and academic life. International student scholarships are available. Applicants typically submit digital portfolios and interview via Skype.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Students are eligible to apply for the student awards from the AHRC, subject to the support of the University.

For more information on funding, please go the NUA website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Team
+44 (0)1603 610561