The MA Photography course promotes innovation and experimentation. Through an examination of contemporary photographic practices you will learn to contextualise cultural and ethical uses of photography within a range of different photographic genres.

The course will examine strategies to resolve projects into different outputs such as publications, exhibitions and digital platforms, as well as emphasising the need to find an audience as being integral to a sustained and successful practice.

There will be opportunities for external visits and the chance to attend events such as the Unseen in Amsterdam, Photo Paris and Photo London in order to enable engagement with the wider photographic community and industry. You will be able to attend talks by visiting professionals to the University, with examples of previous speakers including: Martin Parr, Erik Kessels, Cristina de Middel, Guy Martin, Bruno Cescel, Anouk Kruithof, Ewen Spencer and Elaine Constantine.

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Specialist Resources

MA Photography students are able to access professional standard digital print facilities (including film scanning) and fully rigged lighting studios by arrangement on one evening per week and on Saturdays during the standard academic year.

Based in our postgraduate hub, students will have access to a range of resources to support their learning. These include open access to our library and general computer suites which are equipped with up to date industry standard software related to creative practices. Our digital printing facility also allows large scale, professional quality output up to A0. Further specialist facilities that are available according to course disciplines are outlined on the following pages where applicable.

We embrace a post studio culture in our postgraduate teaching. This encourages our graduates to sustain a practice. We therefore expect postgraduate students to have access to their own studios or workspaces.

Entry Requirements

At enrolment you should normally have achieved:

  • An undergraduate UK honours degree or international equivalent in a subject related to your proposed course of study or;
  • A degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma /professional qualification

You will also need:

  • one reference to support your application from an academic or a creative practitioner
  • a proposal outlining your intentions for postgraduate study

Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline or have experiential learning in lieu of a degree that can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills may also be considered for entry, subject to an interview and the submission of a satisfactory portfolio related work in support of their application.

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Applying

The course is about developing a mastery of the skills and practices that you already possess. You are helped to extend and deepen your own skills, experience and ideas, so a research proposal is a key part of the application process. Your proposal must outline the project you will embark on and must indicate how it will be sustained throughout the course with a firm outcome at the end. Interviews will play a crucial role in selection.

Please complete our application form, which you can find at: www.leeds-art.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/postgraduate

If you have questions about applying please contact our Admissions Team at admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk or 0113 202 8000.

Fees, Funding and Other Costs

Our current fees are available on our website: www.leeds-art.ac.uk/fees

Discounts are available to graduates of BA (Hons) or the Access to HE courses at Leeds Arts University directly progressing to a postgraduate course at the University.

Postgraduate loans up to a maximum value of £10,609 are available. These loans are available for all taught and research Masters courses in all subjects for both full-time and part-time students who meet the funding criteria. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living costs and other study expenses as you see fit.

For further information visit:
www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study
www.FindAMasters.com


Other Costs

Other costs that need to be considered are those associated with the student’s project. A MA Photography student must consider the costs of materials, space, processing services and equipment that are required to fulfil their pro posed objectives.

The course leader asked previous students about their spend ing on their resources and they suggested a sum of £250-300. However, some students may spend less or more depending on their actual project. Financial planning is an important aspect of being a creative practitioner.

Leeds Arts University Postgraduate Scholarships

Home/EU Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Scholarship

A scholarship of £2,000 will be awarded to one home/EU student for one year. The scholarship will be awarded by a panel of staff and comprises of a reduction in tuition fees for the year.

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Studio Space Scholarship

The University recognises the challenges that graduates face in finding appropriate studio space in the first few years of their career.  The studio space scholarship will provide suitable working studio space for one home/EU student for the period of their studies.

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International Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Scholarship

Two £3,000 scholarships are available for one year.

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International Studio Space Scholarship

All international students will get a dedicated studio space in order to provide a creative space away from home.

Terms & Conditions

Our Terms & Conditions are here.

Open Days

We understand deciding to continue your studies to postgraduate level is a significant step in your academic and career development. We aim to give you all the information you need to make the right choice.

How to book

If you are interested in attending an open day for our MA Photography, you can find out more and book your place on our Postgraduate Open Days page.

Duration
1 Year Full Time, Two Years Part Time
Institution Name
Leeds Arts University
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“The MA Photography encourages experimentation for innovation, with an emphasis on producing multiple outcomes to enable the promotion of your work."
Adrian Davies
MA Photography