Photography (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.

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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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A 100 year old process

MA Photography student Sian uses cutting-edge facilities to try out a rare printing processes.

Course details

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Course outline

This postgraduate course supports and challenges your ideas, creativity and ambitions. Whatever your previous experience, the course gets you to 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. We want you to produce high-quality work that will aid both your personal development and 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 and scholarship – previous students, whatever their background or confidence with academic aspects of postgraduate study, have found this a rich and rewarding part of the course that has greatly expanded their thinking and approach to image making.


  • 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 content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this 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

Meet the Lecturer

Discover more about your course by visiting the university to speak with one of our lecturers. Learn about the modules, teaching style and the modes of assessment by speaking to our experts, and get a feel for the facilities you'll be using. Visit our Meet the Lecturer page to find out more and book your place.

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 - 2020/21 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6700
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14700

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study; see also the details of potential extra costs. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.

School of Arts

Our School of Arts provides specialist studios with the latest industry technology so you can develop your creative talent. You will collaborate with other artists and designers and be inspired by practising professionals to refine your own authentic voice.

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