Photography (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MA)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Centre for Fashion, Art and Photography, Cheltenham

Challenge your ideas and creativity to expand your portfolio 

This highly vocational postgraduate course is aimed at supporting and challenging your ideas, creativity and ambitions, in order to build and expand your portfolio.

We welcome photographers from a wide range of backgrounds, as well as those who have studied photography at undergraduate level. We are looking for passion and a commitment to exploring and questioning the medium of photography. We want you to produce high-quality work that will aid either your personal development or your career ambitions within the creative industries.

Our modules guide students towards recognising potential themes and exploring them using an extended range of approaches and techniques. In addition, an extensive range of workshops will cover such disciplines as high-level digital studio work, moving image and video editing, book production, black and white darkroom work and alternative process techniques.

The process of developing and realising a major portfolio of work is key during your time on the course. A final extended major project gives scope to fully develop your own ideas, informed by previous experimentation and investigation in the earlier modules. Underpinning your practice will be the application of research skills, scholarship and the ability to engage with different markets and audiences to enhance your employability and ability to work as a photographer.


  • Establishing Practice
  • Research and Context
  • Interrogating Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Major Project: Photography

Study style

Lectures, group critiques, one-to-one tutorials, field trips and gallery visits make up the core of the teaching practice. All classes are delivered on a single day per week, thus allowing for work, travel and other commitments. Assessment is 100% by coursework.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course. Some modules are compulsory, but in some cases you can also choose modules which interest you from outside your core area of study.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent industry experience
  • Applicant will considered on an individual basis
  • You will be invited to attend an interview
  • A portfolio of work is essential
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent


Fees - 2018/19 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6300
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £13840

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


  • Photographer including, art, fashion, documentary, portrait
  • Education, teaching in FE and HE
  • Videographer
  • Exhibition curator
  • Picture editor
  • Publishing

specialist facilities

Specialist facilities

Our Hardwick Centre for Fashion, Art and Photography is equipped with everything you need to develop your skills. Showcase your work in our range of exhibition spaces, including our very own Hardwick Gallery.

Creative community

A thriving creative community

This course is part of a well-established portfolio of photography courses; you will be joining a thriving creative community where you will be able to share and develop your ideas.

resources and staff

Extensive resources

You will have access to our extensive range of professional resources, as well as staff with excellent track records in education and industry. Their experience includes publishing, art, documentary, advertising and commercial photography.

Contact us

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