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Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies MA

Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Photography Philosophy

Course type


Course Summary

This course is rooted in the idea that photography has no self-limiting identity or essence. In creating work that is visually exciting and intellectually compelling you’ll develop as an artist with photography at the core of your practice, defining, or redefining photography as the art form of the 21st century. The opportunity to explore photography as an interlacing of fine art, technology, aesthetics and new media; Extensive visiting lecturer programme by leading artists, philosophers and curators; State of the art scanning, large format digital color and chemical B/W printing; Open environment encouraging collaborations across other post-graduate programmes (MA Fine Art, MA Art and Science); Emphasis on research as practice and on practice as research.

MA Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies enable you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities. You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies; you’re taught input will normally be scheduled over a maximum of two to three days per week during term time. Our postgraduate Art Programme offers valuable opportunities to build transferable professional knowledge and skills. The exchange of perspectives with others through shared units, reading groups and debates helps establish stimulating and productive networks. The focus on proposing and developing a major independent programme of study is supported by a shared professional practice lecture series featuring guest speakers plus opportunities to attend symposia and critique work in progress across subject areas.

The Postgraduate Art Programme has wide-ranging links with professional organizations, collections and galleries, and includes opportunities for interaction and networking according to your personal career direction. MA Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies explore photography as a visual language feeding into a wide range of professional arenas and related disciplines. MA Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies graduates are equipped to work in the gallery world, fine art publishing, book publishing and advertising, in London and beyond. They may also progress academically to research (PhD study) and teaching. Equipped with industry and cultural knowledge, you'll leave us knowing your worth in the art and business worlds, at home in international gallery or commercial contexts and able to initiate substantial cultural projects.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



Research and Practice is the second and final unit of the course. In this unit you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your own mastery of photography through developing an independent project as a fusion of your analytical study and practice. The first 15 weeks focus on your developing practice according to questions raised in your project proposal and the aims of your research paper. Weekly seminars will help you to clarify your research interests and to formulate the key questions for the Research Paper. Experimental installs and crits will provide a space for re-negotiation of practice and for developing a proposal for the final exhibition.

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 honours degree OR An equivalent EU / international qualification.

University information

With impressive alumni including famous fashion designers, artists and musicians, University of the Arts London (UAL) is a leading creative university. There are six Colleges around the city across 14 sites which offer an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. The Colleges are: Camberwell College of Arts Central Saint Martins Chelsea College of Arts London College of...more