Middlesex University London - Photography MA

Middlesex University London

Photography MA

Our practice and research-based course will challenge you to explore, question and evolve as a photographer. The course provides you with a creative and energetic working environment in which to produce a major photographic project using some of the best traditional and state-of-the-art facilities in the UK, encouraged and supported by world-class academic and technical staff.

Why study MA Photography* at Middlesex University?

At Middlesex, our practice-led approach to photography ensures you spend your postgraduate studies fully immersed in both making work and thinking about its connections with wider photographic discourse. Through a series of photographic projects, or a single large project, you will experiment with both new and traditional photography and whether behind a camera, in post-production or reflecting critically on your practice, you will be thoroughly supported by a staff team of research-active, photography practitioners. Access to diverse range of professional photographers, guest lecturers and technical advisers, will further enhance both your knowledge and skills of photography, as well as your exposure to the wider industry.

Online delivery and technical support will allow you to continue to produce industry-standard digital work in addition to the hands-on experience that you will gain through access to high quality resources in our dedicated art and design building. With Apple Macintosh Pro workstations, A2 Epson printers, Hasselblad film scanners, studios, as well as a range of darkrooms including colour, black and white, and digital, you'll have everything you need to push yourself to your full potential and take the next step towards a stimulating and successful career.

Course highlights

  • Masterclasses and workshops from high-profile speakers such as Rhiannon Adam, Adrian Bradshaw, Rachael Burns, Julian Calder, Brian Harris, Cheryl Newman, Martin Parr, Kate Peters, Ingrid Pollard, Simon Roberts, Nicola Shipley and Jem Southam
  • Access to some of London's best photography resources, including the V&A Print and Drawing Study Room.
  • Explore subjects through photography (and possibly video), with development of skills across Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Strong focus on professional presentation skills, in both digital and print form
  • Access to networking opportunities and world-leading research and expertise.

Entry Requirements

  • We normally require a good honours degree 2:1 or above, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject
  • We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications
  • Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate three years' relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.
  • The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components).


Career Prospects

MA Photography prepares students for various creative and photographic industries, including commercial organizations, photojournalism, and the arts. With strong links to UK and international employers, the course supports individual ambitions. Graduates are recognized worldwide for their high-quality work, with some achieving remarkable success, such as winning entries in the British Journal of Photography's Portrait of Britain competition, finalists in the National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, and a winner of the Sony WPO Student Focus Award.

Course Details

The MA Photography program combines practical and theoretical work to study technical, contextual, and historical aspects of photography, as well as equipment and techniques used in the industry. Students will develop skills in professional photography, communication, and conceptualizing projects for commercial and artistic purposes. They will be prepared to use industry-standard equipment, tools, cameras, and software in creative industries worldwide. Optional modules are available at levels 5 and 6, but may not be offered on every course. Students will be asked to choose their preferred module during the previous academic year. If an optional module is not offered, the program will advise students after the selection period or at the earliest time the program decides not to run the module and help them choose an alternative module.

Course Modules

Explore: Ethics and Aesthetics (30 credits)
Advanced Research Skills (15 credits)
Contexts: Critical Review (15 credits)
Contexts: Materials and Methods (15 credits)
Positioning your Research (15 credits)
Collaborate: Strategies for Change (30 credits)
Realise: Reaching your Audience (60 credits)

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