Photography MA (CID179)




University of Sunderland

Photography MA

Course overview 

Throughout the MA Photography course you will develop a professional base for your future career. The course is tailored to your individual interests and we invite you to share your aspirations with us at interview.

By the end of the course, you will have prepared a substantial portfolio of creative and written work and participated in a public exhibition and a publication.


Why us?

  • The Northern Centre of Photography is an international research hub for photographic theory, practice and curation - international perspectives and professional opportunities are offered through the affiliate organisation NEPN
  • We welcome students from different disciplines and backgrounds with a tailor-made syllabus and skills workshops that map onto your interests and professional aspirations
  • This programme is informed by research and professional practice: all tutors are research active artists, curators and writers
  • You can work with still and moving image in state-of-the-art chemical and digital photography facilities housed in a dedicated historic building in the heart of the city  

Modular structure

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods ranging from technical workshops, research seminars, theory lectures, practical demonstrations, peer critiques, and group discussions. These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds.

You will also have high levels of contact with tutors who give regular feedback and support. You will have the opportunity to meet established photographers and hear about their work and careers. Portfolio review days allow you to discuss your portfolio with leading national and international artists, and photographic professionals, publishers, gallery and museum curators.

Photography 1 - Certificate (60 credits):

  • Self-negotiated Research Project (40 credits) - the focus is on developing your critical and analytical approach to photography
  • Revisiting Photography Theory (20 credits) - the focus is on critical theory

Photography 2 – Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits):

  • Self-negotiated Portfolio Project (40 credits) - this module builds on knowledge gained at stage 1 and allows you to develop your portfolio of work
  • Issues in Contemporary Photographic Practice (20 credits) - this module extends your theory knowledge and critical skills by exploring contemporary issues within photography

    Photography 3 – Masters Degree (60 credits):

  • Exhibition (40 credits) - the practical work you have developed throughout the course will be showcased at a public exhibition and publication
  • Research Project (20 credits) - this is a self-directed written project

Fees and funding

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £4,750 if you are from the UK / EU

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