Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MA
Push your own boundaries, delve deeper into your craft and create a world-class portfolio.
"I did my master's at the University of Gloucestershire because I'd previously spent a semester there as an international exchange student. I was so impressed I wanted to come back!
The tutors were my favourite part of the course. They're so knowledgeable and that really helped me develop my understanding of photographic narratives. The course pushed me to go beyond what I was comfortable shooting and this enabled me to develop a much stronger portfolio, which ultimately helped me land the amazing job I have today.
After I graduated, I moved to New York and joined a company called WeWork. I've been there for two years and the job has taken me all over the world - from LA to London."
Utilise our industry connections and get a much bigger picture.
Study at home or abroad for your six-month final project.
Be inspired by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, such as the NME's Chalkie Davies.
Work with exciting, research-active staff, such as Tony Clancy, whose interests include historical processes.
Find everything you need under one roof - from traditional darkrooms, to cutting-edge editing facilities.
Our centre for art and photography at Hardwick is equipped with everything you need to develop your skills and establish your own creative style.
In addition to traditional darkrooms and professional studios, you will also be able to make use of an extensive range of cameras, lighting and our industry-standard computers, complete with software for image manipulation, film, video and sound.
Showcase your work in our range of exhibition spaces, including our very own Hardwick Gallery.
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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MA Photography student Sian uses cutting-edge facilities to try out a rare printing processes.
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.
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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.
Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.
Centre for Art and Photography, Cheltenham
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