Taught course


University of Plymouth · School of Architecture and Design

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Entry requirements

For entry to postgraduate level, you will normally need a 2:1 degree or above and evidence of a sustained engagement with fields such as photography, writing or curating. We will consider students below 2:1 if they can demonstrate a strong portfolio or a record of professional experience.

The University also has substantial experience in supporting mature students and welcomes applicants in this category. Applicants with Accredited Prior Learning (APL) will be considered on an individual basis according to the University Regulations Framework. Students interested in transferring postgraduate credits will be considered on merit and current University regulations regarding transfer of credits from other institutions will apply.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview, showing a portfolio of work and a 750-word proposal clearly describing the project that they will complete as part of one of their MA Photography modules. The proposal should contain subject of focus, creative approach, contextual research, scope and ambition.

Months of entry


Course content

Key features
  • A contemporary and transdisciplinary programme of study that engages with contemporary practices in image-making, curating and writing through eco-critical and posthumanist perspectives and prepares postgraduates for the rigours and challenges of a career in a dynamic, fluid and complex world.
  • Rigorous training in innovative art methodologies, such as Diffractive and Affective, which encourage experimentation, openness, originality and risk-taking, and encourages new conceptual and theoretical articulations that respond to our complex social and cultural world.
  • A learning and teaching ethos that has evolved from student-centred and student-led initiatives to promote participation, creation and imagination in discovering solutions to real-world challenges. Intensive periods of studio-based workshops, symposia, lectures, online tutorials, fieldtrips and visits to studios, galleries and research centres provide the basis of the vital and varied learning experience.
  • Engagement with theoretical perspectives on photography, both contemporary and historical, and their integration with practice, with particular focus on environment and ecology and identity and global mobility.
  • A supportive student experience that combines practical competences from workshops and online support, entrepreneurship from seminars and visiting speakers, with creative exploration from project-based individual and collaborative modes of practice.
  • The University Smart Hub, an online for booking system for inductions as well as equipment, studio space, darkrooms, print facilities and the Charles Seale-Hayne Library, providing access to physical and electronic resources, actively support the teaching, learning and research of the university.
  • An outward-facing programme that connects with other international centres of photography and extensive networks of individuals and organisations around Europe and globally to provide professional opportunities in the fields of exhibition, curation, teaching and publication.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5.
If you are an overseas applicant you will be required to attend an interview with a portfolio – a Skype interview and electronic portfolio are possible.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

01752 585858