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What is Photography MA?

This postgraduate course supports and challenges your ideas, creativity and ambitions. Whatever your previous experience, you’ll explore in depth your way of seeing the world and to think through how to use the language of photography to build a portfolio that has excitement and depth.

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.

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.

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.

A final extended major project gives scope to fully develop your own ideas, informed by previous experimentation and investigation in the earlier modules.


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






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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.2 honours degree equivalent in this subject area.

    • Applicants will be considered on an individual basis

    • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview

    • A portfolio of work is essential

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Hardwick, Cheltenham £7,000 £14,700
Sep 2022 Hardwick, Cheltenham

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Photographer
  • Teacher
  • Videographer
  • Exhibition Curator
  • Picture Editor
  • Publisher.

You'll have access to 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.

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Become part of 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.

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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.

A man looking through a magnifying glass in a darkroom with redlight

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.

Professor Richard Billingham, Professor of Arts

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