Photography at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS

Course summary

Our MA Photography is a practice-based course that aims to develop highly flexible, creative, and critical professionals able to respond and adapt to a plural and shifting work environment. Underpinned by research, collaboration and networking, you will develop a personalised specialist practice through a bespoke learning journey and conclude the course in readiness for your professional destinations and future practice ambition. Discursive in approach and positioned to foster an internationalist outlook and inquiry, this course integrates theory, practice and professional contexts to attain in-depth knowledge and understanding of photographic cultures, discourse and practice. Technical excellence is fostered through specialist workshops and you will be encouraged to experiment, challenge and exploit the boundaries of production possibilities through cross-disciplinary thinking. Modules include:

  • Culture and Collaboration
  • Possibilities of Practice
  • Advancing Research Design: Maximising Your Methods
  • Major Project & Professional Portfolio
  • Professional Futures
Key features • Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations • Have the opportunity to engage with and discuss the critical, historical and contextual frameworks surrounding your practice • Enjoy gallery visits to London and across the region • Benefit from optional study visits to photo festivals in the UK and Europe, such as Paris Photo and Photo London • Hear from visiting speakers – these have recently included Emma Bowkett, Francis Hodgson, Sarah Jones, Martin Parr, Joy Gregory, Simon Roberts, Simon Webb, and Sunil Gupta • Take advantage of our excellent industry links, including companies such as Mamiya Leaf, Phase One, Genesis Imaging, Wex Photographic, and Red Photographic • Benefit from our staffs’ international links and contacts across Europe • Join the 75 years’ worth of NTU graduates who have achieved success, won awards, or otherwise distinguished themselves in the field of photography • Opt for an additional advanced research module if you’re thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study. • We are proud to be ranked 13th in the UK for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021). • 83% of NTU's research submitted to the 'Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory' Unit of Assessment was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Your space to create at NTU We’re committed to helping you explore, expand and refine your craft, as you discover new creative horizons with some truly great tools, equipment and workspaces. Visit our facilities hub at to find out more.


Photography (180 credit points or 160 credit points), optional research module, Advanced Art and Design Research (20 credit points)

Assessment method

Assessment is 100% by coursework and includes learning agreement, a reflective journal, critical essay, contextual essay, annotated bibliography and a body of photographic work.

How to apply

International applicants

**English language requirements** If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally. Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university don't usually have to meet this requirement.

Entry requirements

2.2 honours degree in a related subject and a portfolio. Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis. **Other requirements** IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill)

Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

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Photography at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS