Course length: Full-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years
All courses starting in September 2021 will run as a blend of on-campus and digital teaching and learning and will follow UK government safety advice. We may need to adjust course delivery if advice changes. We will notify applicants and students of any changes directly.
Innovation of your practice and the development of critically-informed perspectives are the guiding principles of our MA Photography Masters degree course.
State-of-the-art studios and digital darkrooms will give you freedom to develop a distinctive authorial voice through advanced study of photographic practice.
Theory and practice
While our postgraduate photography course is practice-led, taught components consider contextual and theoretical aspects of photography. From collaboration, aesthetic/anti-aesthetic and technological determinism, to the impact of emerging technologies, you’ll tackle a wide range of topics related to your practice.
You’ll also be encouraged to develop a deep understanding of the professional and commercial contexts for your work, as well as exploring the possibilities for moving image in contemporary photography.
Gain valuable exposure to industry
You’ll be encouraged to develop a strong individual voice within your visual practice throughout the course. Seminars and workshops will encourage you to examine the complex relationship between individual practice and client-led work.
NUA’s reputation in advertising, fashion and editorial photography, and the University’s links to industry and professional bodies – including the Association of Photographers – present unique opportunities to explore this topic in detail.
MA Degree Show
Discover the work of some of our our postgraduate students in their MA Degree Show at Norwich University of the Arts.
Graduates work in a broad range of careers including
- Freelance Photographer
- Art Director
- Picture Librarian
- Image Producer
- Picture Editor
- Visual Arts
Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons) / BSc Degree of 2:1 or above (or its equivalent), in a subject related to your proposed course of study.
Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application.
The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award.
2021/22 Tuition Fees for new entrants
|Home||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£8,500|
|Home||Postgraduate degree (part-time)||£5,310|
|Home||MArch Architecture (full-time, over 2 years)||£9,250 per year. £18,500 in total.|
|Home||MArch Architecture (part-time, over 3 years)||£6,167 per year. £18,500 in total.|
|Overseas||MArch Architecture (full-time, over 2 years)||£15,900 per year. £31,800 in total.|
|Overseas||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£15,900.|
Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £11,570
For 2021, UK nationals and EU nationals who have ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status may be eligible for a government loan towards course fees or living costs. Both full and part-time Masters degree students can apply for the Masters loan. Find out more on the UK Government website.
How to apply
Applications to our postgraduate courses should be made directly to Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form.
Applications should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org
Terms and conditions
If you’re invited to interview we’ll ask you to bring a portfolio of recent work. You’ll be interviewed by one or more members of the MA course team, who will ask you about your work, your applicant’s statement and your preparedness for postgraduate study.
Interviews normally last around thirty minutes and you’ll have a chance to ask the course team questions. We will endeavour to let you know if you have been successful within ten days of your interview.
When should I apply for an MA course?
There is no official deadline for applying for a postgraduate course. We would recommend you apply by 25 August (at the very latest) of the autumn you wish to start. This will allow time for your interview to take place and the necessary paper work to be processed if you are successful in achieving a place. International students requiring a visa should apply as soon as possible in the year they wish to start. Email our International Team for more information.
Emily Jane Morgan
"The MA structure and the tight-knit community here has encouraged me to consider the ways in which my practice can be innovative in the broader context of the industry."
Jeanette Bolton Martin
"As an MA student, there’s a focus on students being able to follow their own path to develop their practice."
Andy EarlVisiting Professor in Photography
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