Photography (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MA)


Postgraduate Certificate,Postgraduate Diploma,MA

Reflect. Develop. Excel.

Push your own boundaries, delve deeper into your craft and create a world-class portfolio.

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Global exposure

Utilise our industry connections and get a much bigger picture.

A student taking photographs near the coast.

Study at home or abroad for your six-month final project.

The NME's Chalkie Davies.

Be inspired by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, such as the NME's Chalkie Davies.

Tony Clancy

Work with exciting, research-active staff, such as Tony Clancy, whose interests include historical processes.

A specialist centre

Find everything you need under one roof - from traditional darkrooms, to cutting-edge editing facilities.

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Hone your skills with a Turner Prize-nominated artist

Professor Richard Billingham

Professor Richard Billingham

Professor Richard Billingham shot to fame while he was still at art school, with a body of work called 'Ray's a Laugh'.

In 1997, he won the prestigious City Bank Photography Prize, later to become known as the Deutsche Börse. He was then in the Sensations exhibition, which launched the work of the Young British Artists - or YBAs.

In 2001, Richard was nominated for the Turner Prize, for his solo show at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.

His work is held in public collections, which include The Met, SFMOMA, V&A and Tate Galleries.

Richard is currently working on a feature film entitled Liz and Ray, which has been part-funded by the University of Gloucestershire.

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Course Details

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Course outline

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

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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.


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

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Centre for Art and Photography, Cheltenham

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 - 2019/20 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6500
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14250

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.