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Photography and Urban Cultures MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Photography Urban Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course explores the creative interplay between urban theory and the visual representation of urban cultures and places. The degree encourages creative interplay between practice and theory - you’ll develop your practical photography skills and examine key ideas and debates in the representation and evocation of contemporary city life. You'll have the chance to consider cutting-edge debates in cultural and social theory in a research setting that actively encourages the development of photographic practice. If you are already a working photographer, visual artist or media practitioner, this programme gives you space to reflect critically on your practice. The programme aims to link directly to professional research outcomes, and many graduates have secured employment within urban research, ethnography, teaching, curatorial and arts practice, human rights, and architectural research. This MA develops skills in urban photography, visual ethnography and urban research, communications for urban planning, community arts and visual arts practice. Graduates of the programme have progressed to the following areas and careers: Doctoral studies; curating; public relations; urban planning; advertising; community artseducation; social research; journalism.

Different course options

Full time | Goldsmiths, University of London | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module is based on a weekly critique seminar focusing on students’ visual work over the term. Students are given a photographic and textual assignment focusing on an aspect of urban space, this could be landscape, architectural, object or place based; resulting in a visual outcome that will form the basis of a group presentation and discussion of the work in relation to the accompanying written sociological analysis. The core aims of this module are to encourage the development of critical visual research skills, the ability to communicate visual images clearly and concisely, and to be able to relate and locate such image-making to the context of sociological and visual urbanism.

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

Students need to have an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. Students will also need to demonstrate proficiency in photographic practice, including familiarity with a 35mm camera and photographic printing. Students might also be considered for some programmes if they aren’t a graduate or their degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that students have the ability to work at postgraduate level.