Taught course

Photography Arts

University of Westminster · PG Creative Practice and Art Theory

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1) or a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in photography or fine art, art history, cultural and media studies. Applicants with a good professional experience of photography or related practices in television, film and the wider visual arts are also welcome.

Applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirements may be accepted in exceptional circumstances, provided the applicant can demonstrate their ability to meet the demands of the course. An interview is normally held and a portfolio of practical work, which demonstrates the applicant’s skills, passion and ambition for developing their own photographic work is essential. Evidence of written skills and research knowledge may also be requested. Selected applicants are interviewed.

Months of entry


Course content

The Photography Arts MA offers a dynamic mix of photography practice and research to support your development as an artist. Students learn to navigate the rapidly changing field of contemporary photography, while preparing themselves for diverse career paths. Each student develops two distinct bodies of work to exhibition and/or publication standard, as well as deepening their research and writing. Your progress through the course is supported with one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, as well as lectures, seminars, tutorials and critique sessions. You will be empowered with visual, critical and practical skills that culminate in the Masters Project, exhibited in a central London degree show.

Students are fully supported by our internationally renowned photography staff and inspired by an exciting range of prominent visiting photographic artists and thinkers. Situated in Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, you will have access to extensive photographic facilities and a wealth of inter-disciplinary expertise. You will be part of a world-famous centre for photography research. The Photography Arts MA builds on the former Photographic Studies MA (1996–2016) and champions a long, proud tradition of cutting-edge photography pioneered at the University.

The research components of the course are tailored for the needs of the contemporary artist photographer, allowing you to focus on the most productive lines of inquiry for your own development. Students write three short research essays during the course, each aimed at broadening knowledge of photography, contemporary art and related histories, theories and criticism. You will choose from the indicative option modules outlined on this page, acquiring 180 credits to complete the course, choosing from either the Masters Project or Dissertation as your final module.

This is the right course if you are highly motivated and excited to develop your independent practice alongside critical research within a rapidly changing field. Working with our experienced staff and a group of peers drawn from all over the world, you can discover your own future working with the most contemporary approaches to photography.

Westminster is a leading provider in this academic discipline and is ranked 1st in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2022 for Research Quality in Art and Design.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing and speaking.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page. As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

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 Team
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