Taught course


University of Bolton · Faculty of Arts and Media Technologies

Entry requirements

Students will be required to present a portfolio of photography and examples of written work to be discussed/assessed at interview, demonstrating suitability and aptitude for the course. A first or upper second BA (Hons) Photography; or BA (Hons) in any subject and two years professional experience in the industry; or A first or upper second BA (Hons) in a related subject with a major project in photography. Special consideration is given to mature applicants, over 25 years of age, without the above qualifications, but with relevant work/research experience. Applicants are encouraged to contact the University to arrange an interview.


Months of entry


Course content

The MA Photography course focuses on the fields of international photojournalism, documentary and travel photography, and is designed in particular for postgraduate students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills to pursue a career in these areas.

You will explore issues of photographic culture, image economies and visual representation, and develop an understanding of how the practice of making photographic images is affected by these issues in terms of both your approach to the subject and the style of your photographs. You will apply your learning through a series of practical assignments.

The course is designed to be accessible to professional photographers and photo educators studying part-time as well as those wishing to study full-time and complete in a single year.

The type of issues you will study include image libraries and the commercialisation of the photo market, the changing nature of picture news gathering and photojournalism, issues of ethics and social responsibility in photography and the importance of meaning and context in photo images. The insight you gain from this study will inform your approach to taking photographs.

You will study the work of contemporary practitioners in these areas of photography and the relationship between their work and the markets they supply.
In addition, you will develop an appreciation of the practical requirements of planning, research and preparation for photography assignments.

Entry to the course is based on the assumption that you are a technically proficient photographer. It is important to note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the technical skills to complete the practical work.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

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