Taught course

Photography: History, Theory, Practice

University of Sussex · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop your photography practice while exploring the history and theory of photography. The opportunity to combine practice, history and theory makes our MA unique in the UK.

Studying across disciplines including art history, film, American studies, history, English and media, you’ll push the frontiers of photographic knowledge. You’ll have the opportunity to work with a rich variety of material that reflects the diversity of photography. Our partnerships with the Getty Images Gallery and the Archive of Modern Conflict give you access to two of Britain’s most significant collections of photography. The Keep is a world-class centre for archives on our doorstep housing important resources such as the Mass Observation Archive.

Our Centre for Photography and Visual Culture also organises regular events. These include master classes allowing you to engage with Brighton’s rich photographic culture, such as the Brighton Photo Biennial.

You’ll learn from our faculty who are internationally distinguished scholars as well as photographers, artists, writers and curators. They work with institutions such as Tate, the V&A, PhotoEspaña and The Photographers’ Gallery.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course enquiries
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