Entry requirements

You will need a good honours degree (minimum 2.1) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or relevant experience, and examples of your work. If English is not your first language you will need to meet our requirements. Please see the NTU website for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

This practice-based course is designed to help you develop the commercial, technical and conceptual skills demanded by the commercial photographic industry. With a focus on employability and entrepreneurship you'll undertake either a work placement or a live project with industry, in the UK or overseas.

Your coursework is based upon your own research question, from which you will develop your own photographic project. This can either be self-initiated or chosen from live briefs which reflect real-life, future facing, photographic challenges and opportunities.

To facilitate this project you will produce your own plan, a Learning Agreement, showing how you wish to develop as a commercial photographer within one of three specialist areas: portraiture and fashion; applied studio; and documentary photography.

Key features:
    • Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations.
    • Choose to specialise in one of three areas: portraiture and fashion, applied studio, or documentary photography.
    • Undertake an industry work placement or live project, in the UK or overseas.
    • Take part in production workshops to help develop your existing skills.
    • Have the opportunity to exhibit your work publicly.
    • Go on a study visit to at least one photographic archive.
    • Benefit from our staff’s international links and contacts across Europe.
    • Take advantage of our excellent industry links, including companies such as Phase One, Genesis Imaging, Profoto, Wex Photographic, and Calumet.
    • Join the 75 years’ worth of NTU graduates who have achieved success, won awards, or otherwise distinguished themselves in the field of photography.

Find out more about our MA Commercial Photography on our website.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will need to meet our requirements. Please see the NTU website for more information.

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,000 per year
International students
£12,600 per year

Find out more about postgraduate funding on our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
11 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

School of Art & Design Postgraduate Office
+44 (0) 115 848 8434