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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Course type


Course Summary

Are you a photographer who wants to further develop and broaden your knowledge and skills? Our Photography Master’s degree focuses on contemporary photographic practices across a diverse range of genres. You’ll be given the opportunity to explore and deepen your understanding of photographic practice and culture.

Course Details

Our popular MA Photography course has achieved success through the production of student work of the highest standard. Some of the most important photo festivals and exhibitions, both national and international, have included University of Bolton photography students’ work. Their work has also been acquired/collected by local and national galleries and other collections.

We’ll encourage and guide you to develop a critical understanding of the key issues in contemporary photographic culture. You’ll look at ethics, social responsibility, meaning and context in photographs, and see how they are influenced and informed by these issues through a series of research-informed practical assignments. You’ll also explore the work of contemporary practitioners and the relationship between their work and the photographic market.

Our highly skilled and experienced teaching team will encourage you to develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of knowledge relevant to advanced photographic practice. We also offer opportunities to engage with external creative industry professionals across the full range of photographic cultures. Successful graduates have experienced career progression across a number of creative industry sub-sectors, as freelancers and curators, working for charities, and in broadcasting. Others have chosen to teach in higher and further education.

Career Opportunities

For both aspiring and practicing photographers, our MA Photography will enable you to understand and interact with international image markets. The degree is specifically aimed at equipping you to work in different cultures and publish your work in a range of domestic and international galleries, and online.

The course is designed to be accessible to a wide constituency from graduates to working professionals. Studying this course will also help you to develop a number of career-enhancing skills in addition to your subject specific knowledge and understanding. These include interpersonal skills, research skills, oral and written communication, independent working, and time and project management skills.

What Can I Do With This Qualification?

Many photography graduates choose to put their creative skills to good use in related areas such as marketing, advertising, web design and digital marketing. Other career prospects include travel photography, photojournalism, studio management, teaching, fashion and press photography, medical illustration, graphic design and visual media, camera operation, commercial/product photography, and teaching.

Typical employers include newspapers, film and television, social photography, health, the public sector, the travel industry, universities and media organisations such as advertising. A large number of photography graduates are self-employed and work on a freelance basis.

Our graduates find employment in a wide range of visual media. Former students have gone on to find careers, both employed and self-employed, in editorial, documentary and social photography, commercial and fashion studios, plus other arts-related sectors such as the media, galleries, museums and commercial environments.

Our Master’s degree is also a springboard for further research, either within academia or the private sector. You could also undertake further research and study for a PhD.

Different course options

Full time | University of Bolton | 1 year | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Critical Analysis and Reflection
Advanced Practice 3
Advanced Practice 1
Advanced Research and Study Skills
Advanced Practice 2
Critical Thinking in Practice

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

You should have one of the following: at least an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree in Photography; at least an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree in any subject and significant professional experience in the industry; or at least an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree in a related subject with a major project in photography. If you don’t have these qualifications but do have significant experience in the field of photography and are able to present a strong portfolio, then we’ll be happy to consider your application.

University information

The University of Bolton dates back to 1825 and has a long and distinguished history of providing a quality education. Situated on a modern friendly campus near the centre of Bolton, the University is home to 11,000 students who have ranked the University as No.1 for student satisfaction in the North West, Complete University Guide 2020. Many of our Postgraduate courses are professionally accredited. Postgraduate study is challenging,...more