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Photography MA (Online)

Falmouth University
Program overview
14 months-2 years
Part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
January 2022

May 2022

January 2023

May 2023
Falmouth University

Program description

Photography MA (Online)

Our masters degree will equip you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills to meaningfully engage with a technologically- and socially-evolving medium. It will help you succeed within the increasingly complex and competitive creative industries.

The course brings together talented practitioners on an international scale who have the ambition to succeed, innovate, and lead. It allows for the dynamic cross-pollination of approaches in photography and the exploration of critical perspectives.

You will also have an individual, or group of, sophisticated projects of a publishable standard. You can use these as the foundation to take you to the next stage in your career and sustain your practice beyond.

On successful completion of this course, you will have an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification.

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Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Language requirements

If your first language is not English, you'll need to take one of the following tests to verify your proficiency:

  • IELTS - minimum overall score of IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  • TOEFL iBT (online test) - minimum of 80 overall and at least 19 in all 4 components
  • LanguageCert (online test) - a High Pass from the ESOL B2 Communicator test in reading, writing, speaking and listening (2 parts)

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Module one

Positions and Practice

This module enables you to locate your practice within the broad contexts of professional contemporary photography.

You will consider the importance of research as a fundamental aspect of contemporary photography in both academic and industry contexts, and critically reflect on core themes in contemporary visual culture.

Through discursive activities with faculty staff and peers, as well as self-directed research and personal reflection, you will analyse your practice in relation to specific themes, and articulate your practical and conceptual motivations and intentions as an image-maker.

Module two

Informing Contexts

'Informing Contexts' aims to increase your understanding of how contemporary practice is enriched through critical and theoretical contextualisation, helping you develop an informed and sophisticated photographic practice.

The module will introduce you to a number of themes and debates that are fundamental to the study of the image, such as debates around looking and subjectivity.

You will also consider your own practice in relation to historical, philosophical, and ethical perspectives around photography and visual culture.

Module three

Sustainable Strategies

This module considers the different contexts in which the photography is published, and how its form influences how it is received and understood by audiences.

You will explore the many creative strategies involved in the production, resolution, and publication of photographic work, and consider the possibility of interdisciplinary approaches in the making and presentation of your own creative output.

As you study, you’ll also devise strategies and workflows that are conscious of material consumption and work towards professional, and ecological and environmental sustainability.

You’ll be encouraged to experiment with new materials, processes, and creative strategies as appropriate to your specialism.

Module four

Collaboration and Professional Locations

‘Collaboration and Professional Locations’ strives to increase your understanding and appreciation of the roles, relationships, and responsibilities that can play a major part in progressing and sustaining your professional practice.

As part of this, you will be encouraged to undertake commissions and work placements during this module, and to devise or engage in photography and visual arts initiatives relevant to your work.

You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate on a live brief with a small group of peers. These briefs will be set by clients and allow you to gain experience with real world, industry challenges.

Final Major Project 

This module provides you with the chance to produce a critically and professionally informed research project and deliver it to a public audience.

Initially, you will submit a proposal outlining a scheme of work and the critical contexts surrounding your project. You’ll then work continuously on the module over the course of two study blocks.

The project will be your opportunity to demonstrate increasing autonomy in respect of your research capabilities, alongside support from your supervisor.

You will also continue to benefit from the programme’s ongoing series of guest lectures by leading contemporary practitioners and industry experts.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships and funding are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery


  • MA: 2 years
  • PGDip: 14 months

Tuition fees

Total course fee: £11,300 (including £250 acceptance fee)

Payment options 

  • One-off payment
  • Six equal instalments spread over a two-year period

Payment methods 

Payments can be made online or by phone, using a credit or debit card, or by bank transfer.


You will:

  • Gain valuable insights which you can immediately apply to your work by sharing your approaches to photography and collaboratively exploring critical perspectives
  • Become an inquisitive, innovative, and outward-looking professional practitioner
  • Be able to embrace multi-disciplined approaches to your work
  • Confidently collaborate with other professional practitioners on a global scale
  • Inspire others and take leading roles within the arts sector and creative industries on an international level

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Falmouth University

For more than 100 years, Falmouth University has been a hub of creative thinking and design innovation. Today, our portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, from art, design and fashion, to gaming, music...

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Treliever Road
TR10 9FE Penryn Cornwall

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