MA Photography

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Location Carlisle - Brampton Road
Duration Full-time, 1 Year, Part-time, 2 Years
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Whether you're a professional photographer or have just completed your undergraduate degree and want a career as a photographer, gallerist, curator or academic, our creative MA Photography course will take your photography and engagement with visual culture to new heights.

You will explore photography as a tool for artistic expression and cultural storytelling, utilising photography in a post-internet context - developing actual and /or virtual photography exhibitions and publications, learn basic binding techniques and experiment with sequencing, editing and developing a series of publications.

You will study at our dedicated Institute of the Arts, where you will become part of our friendly creative community, inspired to let your artistic expression flourish and build a collection of creative work for exhibitions.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

Thinking while doing photography is a key aspect of our course. So, 70% of your studies will be practical, supported by a comprehensive critical and contextual studies scheme.

You will have the freedom to explore photography avenues within your specific subject area and to suit your creative and career aspirations.

And, all of the work you produce will be strengthened by practice-led and theoretical research.

  • Gain a broad technical and creative grounding to develop your practice-based and contextual research
  • Easy access to great facilities, including digital and dark rooms, an 80MP Mamiya Digital Camera and a colour processor when you need it, without having to pre-book or queue
  • Ample opportunity to exhibit and self-publish your work and to gain experience organising an exhibition
  • Taught by experienced practitioners, research-active staff and supported by highly skilled technicians
  • Taught by internationally-renowned photographers and research-active experts, who have published books in their field. They include: Dr John Darwell Reader in Photography and Independent Photographer  and Dr Katrin Joost Senior Lecturer in Photography and director of the Visualising conference series
  • Tutors work closely with the National Photography Network Redeye and Carlisle Photo , which will boost your professional networking opportunities
  • Freedom to experiment and develop your own innovative practices with support from tutors, so you can find your own photography forte

You will live and learn at our Institute of the Arts, a dedicated, creative and vibrant campus in the historic city of Carlisle.

Your great location means that you are close to the stunning Lake District National Park –  a UNESCO World Heritage site - in one direction and Scotland in the other. Add to that the spectacular North West coastline and you will never be stuck for inspiration or things to do outside of your studies.

We run an open door policy, so you won’t need to book timeslots with technicians and tutors, we will be on hand to help you hone your technical and creative work when you need it.

We encourage you to develop your practice as research or progress through theoretical research if you want to progress on to a practice-led PhD.

Our graduates have gone on to be successful artists. They now work as documentary and commercial photographers, gallerists, curators and writers, academics, teachers and arts organisers.

To see much more of what we do please visit our Photography Blog.

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Progress to postgraduate for free

We’ve waived the fees for many postgraduate courses* for students like you planning to start an undergraduate degree with us to help you extend your education.

Graduate destinations

Graduates go on to be successful artists, working as documentary and commercial photographers, gallerists, curators and writers, academics and teachers, and arts organisers of various kinds. Many prefer to support their art practice by combining it with teaching, commercial photography or other related activities.

We encourage you to develop your practice as research or progress through theoretical research to help progress to a practice-led PhD.

News and Events

New insight into poet William Wordsworth and the Lake District's literary landscape

Posted: 17 Jun 2019

Students on a new course are to get an insight into the life of William Wordsworth. The University of Cumbria is teaming up with Rydal Mount, where the poet lived for most of his life, for its new Masters degree in Literature, Romanticism and the English Lakes.

Alumnus Andy appeals for help to find college compadre

Posted: 17 Jun 2019

Fifty years after receiving his offer letter, retired advertising executive Andy Hughes has returned to the city where he developed his artistic skills to make an appeal to find a friend. Andy, 70, from Glasgow, would like to get back in touch with Peter Bowron, who is originally from Cockermouth. They studied graphic design together at Carlisle College of Art and Design in the historic city’s Brampton Road between 1969 and 1972. It is now home to the university's Institute of the Arts.

Cranston's found their perfect Intern from the Institute of the Arts

Posted: 29 Apr 2019

Cranstons Butchers Ltd have recently been working with intern Rachel Stewart, who is studying a BA Graphic Design at the Institute of the Arts. We asked Jane Silburn, Head of Marketing and Retail Development at Cranstons why they decided on an intern and what the intern bought to the company.

Postgraduate Open Day

Sat 17 Aug 2019

There are many fantastic reasons to embark on one of our postgraduate courses, whether it’s to give yourself that extra advantage when applying for jobs, progress your current career or even if you just love your chosen subject and want to explore it further.

Undergraduate Open Day

Sat 17 Aug 2019

Experience living and learning on a super-friendly campus with like-minded creatives - an awesome place to find your calling and kick-start your creativity.