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Full time | Edinburgh Napier University | 2 years | SEP

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Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MFA - Master of Fine Art

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

Develop your creative knowledge and skills as a photographer or photo-video creator, and create a professional portfolio of work


The MFA in Photography is designed to help you explore a full range of artistic and commercial photographic practices alongside current global critical and theoretical debates.

The programme recognises the possibilities of new and converging lens-based media and offers the broadest practical base in which to develop your skills; from traditional analogue black and white wet processes to advanced digital image capture and computer assisted post-production control.

The course provides a contemporary understanding of the vast possibilities that are now available to the professional photographer, and offers considerable scope to tailor elements of the programme to your interests and the needs of your project(s), which will form a central context your learning.

Course details

In this programme, you will:

Explore and apply new and convergent technical and practical principles of filmmaking and moving image with photo-video equipment
Engage with current critical practice and techniques in contemporary still photography
Respond to set briefs whilst promoting critical reflection and autonomy
Apply rigorous debate and thoroughly investigate contemporary international theory and practice to develop research skills and articulate knowledge
Engage in entrepreneurial and research-based live or simulated projects
Develop advanced skills in contemporary art direction using computer generated imaging and special effects to enhance photographic styling, set design, and pitch ideas to real or fictional clients
Develop professional portfolios of work informed by artistic, commercial, photographic and video-graphic research, ready for employment or further doctoral study.


We take a common approach to learning, teaching and assessment in studio modules where practice-based student work is collated as a portfolio presentation.


Graduates from this programme pathway can pursue careers in:

  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Documentary Photographer
  • Commercial Photographer.


Production and Art Direction
Creative Narratives
Entrepreneurial and Research Projects
Research as Critical Practice
Contemporary Debates in Photography Theory and Practice
Research Portfolio in Creative Practice
Photo-video Imaging
MFA Professional Practice
MFA Major Project

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above in an art & design or related discipline (architecture, creative computing & engineering design). We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry. All candidates are interviewed with a portfolio of creative work or technical/business projects. Applicants from overseas can be interviewed by teleconference with an online portfolio.