Taught course

Film and Photography

University of Derby · College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (at least second class) in a relevant subject, or equivalent. After you have submitted your application we will ask you for a digital portfolio and a written statement describing your practice and ambitions. You may also meet with the programme leader to discuss your portfolio application.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This new MA course has a dynamic individual student focus that adjusts to you and your project proposal. The course provides a unique and exciting opportunity for those who wish to specialise in still and moving imagery, and work creatively across disciplines. Derby has a long tradition of both photography and film, and staff represent a wide range of visual arts practices, to give you expert knowledge and support.

We are looking for applicants who are strongly motivated, reflective and independently minded. The course supports projects that enable you to focus on a specialist aspect of film or photographic practice, along with proposals that combine or explore the relationship between the two disciplines. We value interdisciplinary debate that utilises the collective knowledge and experience of students and staff. We also offer bridging studies, if necessary, in the Autumn semester for those seeking a January start.

You will become part of the our lively research culture with access to see visiting speakers on all College of Art courses and staff research seminar series where colleagues present their research.

The MA enjoys the provocation of a rich programme of specialist visiting practitioners such as Jem Southam, Peter Kennard, Rachel Maclean, Calum Colvin, Wendy McMurdo, Hannah Collins, Lei Cox, Brian Griffin, Paul Rooney, Karen Knorr, but also the wider context offered by visitors such as philosopher Jonathan Rea, artist/ curator/ commentator Alfredo Cramerotti, curator and social historian Anna Douglas, exhibition designer Calum Storrie and Fred Mann, gallery director/artist/record producer.

Our academic team comes from a wide range of backgrounds with expertise in analogue photography and digital imaging, filmmaking and scriptwriting, fine art, applied arts, history and theory, museum education, critical writing and curating. They have extensive experience of working and exhibiting internationally, including the Museum of Fine Art Boston USA, SOFA New York and Chicago, FLICAM China, Saatchi Gallery London. The National Art School Sydney and RMIT Australia as well as residencies in Japan, Denmark, Korea, Malaysia and Italy.

University of Derby students have made a major contribution to the city’s vibrant arts culture. Many have taken advantage of the area’s rural and industrial heritage as inspiration and to establish studios, start-up businesses or exhibit work. The College of Art has strong community links such as Derby Theatre, Déda, and QUAD. Film and Photography students have the opportunity to be involved with international exhibition and conference FORMAT - as participants, exhibiters and interns for some of the world’s most influential contemporary artists. The University also has a close relationship with the Malta Film Commission through which past students have gained experience working on location with Directors such as Michael Bay and Luc Besson.

Our media store offers both digital and analogue equipment to the highest specifications. The University is a member of D&AD (Design and Art Direction association) and within undergraduate courses is a member of the Association of Photographers(AOP), The British Institute of Professional Photography and MAGNUM Photographer's agency. Also, we are a member of NAHEMI - National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image.

Fees and funding

UK students
£580 per 20 credits
International students
£12,000 for the full programme

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Philip Harris
+44 (0)1332 590500