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MA Photography overview

MA Photography provides an intensive environment for the advanced study of commercial photographic practice. The programme is practice-based and students are encouraged to develop both an individual approach to image making, and a deep understanding of appropriate professional contexts.

Photography at NUA has gained a strong reputation in the field of advertising, fashion and editorial photography and is strongly linked to industry and professional bodies including the Association of Photographers. Under expert tuition you will consider the relationship between your individual practice and its potential dissemination in a commercial context. MA students benefit from the opportunity to reflect and share practice with the wider postgraduate community.

Lectures, seminars and workshops will encourage you to explore the complex relationship between individual approaches to practice and client-led work. A series of workshops will consider contextual and theoretical aspects of photography including collaboration, aesthetic/ anti-aesthetic, technological determinism and the impact of emerging technologies.

With access to outstanding studios and digital darkrooms – housed in a converted 12th century monastery – you will develop your visual practice. Tutors, technicians and industry guests will also enable you to explore the possibilities of moving image within the context of contemporary photography.

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We are at the forefront of commercial creativity with strong industry backing for the course.

James Smith
MA Photography Unit Tutor

Visiting Lecturers

International photographer and Visiting Professor at NUA Andy Earl discusses finding a unique way of seeing the world.


NUA has a reputation for challenging students to broaden their practice within a supportive and professionally focused environment.

Erin Patel

Our students are our greatest advocates. Read about their opinions on their course.

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Postgraduate Applications

Applications to all postgraduate courses should be made directly to the Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form. Find more about entry requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Visit the Prospects website. International students check here if you are looking to fund an MA in the UK.

For further information email studentrecruitment@nua.ac.uk.


Teaching Staff

Read about the achievements of the practitioners who teach on this course.

Postgraduate student seminar

MA Community

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