Taught course

MA Photography

University of the Arts London - London College of Communication · Faculty of Media

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to demonstrate sufficient prior knowledge of and / or potential in, photography to be able to successfully complete the programme of study and/ or have an academic or professional background in a relevant subject. MA Photography does not include technical teaching (although it does include technical advice and support) and if there are specific programmes or techniques that you need to acquire in order to realise your creative ideas on MA Photography then we suggest that you acquire these before joining the course. Language requirements (International/EU) IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required for this course. If your first language is not English, you can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page. For further details regarding international admissions and advice please visit the International Applications page. PORTFOLIO AND PROJECT PROPOSAL All applicants will be expected to submit a portfolio and study proposal with their application. Portfolio: 10-20 images, either print or digital, with prints no larger than A4 in size. Your portfolio should indicate an understanding of project-based visual inquiry. It is preferable to show projects rather than individual images. Applicants from a commercial background are encouraged to develop personal projects before they apply. Your portfolio may be accompanied by an explanatory statement about the projects of no more than 300 words. Your portfolio should indicate that you have an understanding of project-based visual inquiry. Project proposal: Your project proposal should be no more than 300 words indicating your intended practice project. You should include accompanying research for a specific project that you plan to be developed on the course and how the MA is going to further your understanding of conceptual photographic practice. Your proposal should be a feasible, researched outline of a specific project that you are going to photograph and reasons why. Try to elaborate on your ideas for the project to give us a sense of subject, style, approach, concept, research, and how much you know about contemporary fine art photography. Portfolio surgeries For help and advice about what to include in your portfolio or project proposal we offer MA Photography portfolio surgeries. Dates are available to book when available on the course page under the Open Days aside.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Photography is a fine art photography programme aimed at developing a personal, distinctive and conceptually strong practice, grounded in research and critical thinking. While based in the still image it embraces cross-media and cross-genre practice.

MA Photography at London College of Communication is renowned for producing some of the most successful contemporary emerging photographers and artists. Part of the School of Media, the course offers a unique opportunity for photographers to develop a major body of research-based practice in the context of a critical understanding of contemporary photographic culture.

The course encourages students to work experimentally and produce work that tests the boundaries of the medium, encompassing the still image, video, installation, performance and digital media, and culminating in a public exhibition. The School of Media offers a longstanding tradition of photography education with a highly regarded research culture, and the course has close ties with the Photography and the Archive Research Centre and the Kubrick Archive, both based at LCC. Located close to central London, the course has excellent links with galleries, museums and archives.

MA Photography attracts a broad range of practitioners, from backgrounds in fine art photography, documentary photography, commercial photography and other areas of media practice. They are united by a desire to develop a distinctive personal practice with a high level of conceptual resolution. Graduates of the course go on to be successful fine artists as well as documentary and commercial photographers, gallerists, curators and writers, academics and teachers, and arts organisers of various kinds. Many prefer to find ways of supporting their art practice through combining it with teaching, commercial photography or other related activities. Students who may wish to progress to practice-led PhD are encouraged to develop their practice as research.

There are both analogue and digital photography facilities at LCC, including colour and black-and-white darkrooms, photographic studios and a Mac-based digital suite including Imacon scanners, as well as medium and large format analogue cameras, digital cameras, HD video cameras and lighting equipment. Students also have access to other technical facilities such as a 3D workshop or screenprinting.

The course runs for 45 weeks from September to December (15 months full time, across a four-term model) and attendance is 2 days per week, plus access to the facilities. The course is demanding of time and commitment in addition to attendance, and you will need considerable capacity for self-directed study to fulfill the aims of the programme.

NB The course assumes that you are technically proficient and able to research and develop any further skills you require. Technical tuition is restricted to the tutorial support of individual projects. If you need to acquire a significant skill base, then you are advised to do so before you apply for the course.

Staff, current students and alumni frequently post updates on the LCC MA Photography Facebook group.

Information for international students

Please contact international@lcc.arts.ac.uk or Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 8138

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,500 (Full Time) £4,250 (Part Time)
International students
£17,920 (Full Time) £8,960 (Part Time)

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Information Assistant
+44 (0)20 7514 6599