Do you see the world differently? Our MA Photography course promotes innovation and experimentation, supporting you to develop your own distinctive creative vision as a photographic practitioner. 

The course examines strategies to resolve projects into substantial outputs such as publications, exhibitions and digital platforms, and emphasises the need to find an audience as being integral to a sustained and successful practice.

Through an investigation of contemporary photography, you’ll consider the cultural and ethical uses of the medium within a range of genres and approaches. You will develop skills for research and critical evaluation, as well as professional know-how to engage with the wider photographic community and industry.

You’ll be able to attend talks by a diverse range of international visiting professionals, with recent guests including Joy Gregory, Mariela Sancari, Amani Willett, Bolade Banjo and Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi.


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Please apply direct to the University for our MA Photography course using the links below.

Home applicants

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International applicants

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If you need any assistance completing the form please contact the Admissions team at admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk.

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Specialist Resources

MA Photography students can access photographic equipment, professional standard digital print facilities (including film scanning), a chemical darkroom, and fully rigged lighting studios by arrangement.

Course Specification

When You'll Study

The course is flexible and is designed to meet the needs of a variety of artists and designers.

The academic year runs from September to August and the course gives you many study options.

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 personal statement 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 using our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

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Fees, Funding and Other Costs

Tuition Fees

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Discounts are available to graduates of BA (Hons) or the Access to HE Diploma courses at Leeds Arts University directly progressing to a postgraduate course at the University. Visit our Postgraduate Finance page for more information.

Postgraduate loans are available for all taught and research Masters courses in all subjects for students who meet the funding criteria. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living costs and other study expenses as you see fit. Find out more at www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study.

Other Costs

Other costs that need to be considered are those associated with the student’s project. An MA Photography student must consider the costs of materials, processing services and equipment. The additional production
costs for student’s individual projects will vary depending on the type of work produced and costs may occur from travelling to locations, sourcing props, models, for example. Financial planning needs to be a crucial part of projects proposed and completed for the MA Photography.

There may be opportunities to participate in educational visits during the course that will be optional. The costs of these visits will depend upon the activity and destination.

Leeds Arts University Postgraduate Scholarships

Home Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Scholarship

A scholarship of £2,000 will be awarded to one home 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 student for the period of their studies.

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International Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Scholarship

Five £3,000 scholarships are available as a tuition fee reduction.

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Terms & Conditions and Key Information

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.

Download a Postgraduate Prospectus

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Duration
One year full-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."
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