Discover, research and experiment with different photographic processes and disciplines using our industry-standard facilities. Supported by a team of photographers, visual artists and theorists, you’ll develop your critical understanding of this art form, and prepare for a career in today's global photography industry.
Our course will help you define your photography practice and become a critical practitioner.
You’ll learn to experiment, to carry out research and disseminate your work. The course focuses on the relationship of practice to research and research to practice, the role of sequence and series in developing your visual language, the relationship between text and image, and the latest important issues in photographic theory and practice.
You’ll explore the global industry that is modern-day photography, and form an understanding of current debates and opportunities.
Your work will be supported by a team of experienced photographers and researchers with wide-ranging interests and specialisms. You’ll receive guidance on many photographic processes, from documentary and fine art to institutional or historical critique, and traditional or found photography to digital technical innovation. And we'll be able to offer expert advice on your future career.
Course Leader: Kerstin Hacker
Our course will prepare you for many roles in the photographic industry and beyond: photographer, yes, but also picture researcher, assistant, lecturer, curator or art critic. You might choose a 'portfolio career' and combine your photography work with other activities. Either way, you’ll have developed the skills to use a comprehensive range of approaches and technologies which, combined with projects such as symposium and exhibition organisation, will prove invaluable in many roles.
With our focus on international practice, you'll be able to develop new contacts and networks, and seek out international employment opportunities. If you’re from a country where the visual media has untapped potential, you’ll be in a position to contribute to its development.
You’ll show your progress through a combination of methods that reflect the learning outcomes of each module. These include portfolios of practical and written work, reflective commentaries, symposium contributions, and a 6,000-work dissertation.
Cambridge School of Art has been inspiring creativity since 1858 when it was opened by John Ruskin.
Engaging with current debates surrounding contemporary practice and with the state-of-the-art facilities, Cambridge School of Art houses light, bright studios, industry-standard film and photographic facilities, and 150-year-old printing presses alongside dedicated Apple Mac suites. Our digital art gallery, the Ruskin Gallery, exhibits both traditional shows and multimedia presentations, from national and international touring exhibitions and our own students.
We are the only university in Cambridge offering art and design courses at higher education level. A tight-knit community of artists, academics and over 900 students, we collaborate across our University, the creative industries, and other sectors. Cambridge is a centre for employment in the creative industries and there are rich opportunities for collaboration with the city’s entertainment, technological, scientific, arts and heritage industries.
Our graduates have a history of winning national and international awards and an excellent employment record. They include Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour, Spitting Image creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law, and illustrator Ronald Searle, the creator of St Trinian's.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You’ll have access to our industry-standard digital facilities (including CGI HDRI lab), colour and black-and-white darkrooms, photographic studios, a printmaking studio and laser-cutting facilities, with full inductions and training from our dedicated team of technicians.
You’ll also be able to use our digital imaging resources, darkrooms and studios on an open access basis, with other facilities, such as letterpress and 3D workshops, available to you after training. You can book one-to-one tutorials during the week and use specialist equipment with the support of our technicians.
You can also borrow photographic, video and recording equipment from our Media Services Unit to use in your projects.
The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.
Costs vary depending on the direction and ambition of your work and the type of equipment you choose to buy.
Optional field trip to Antwerp - 2 nights
You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.How to pay your fees directly
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting a postgraduate degree with us can access a £600 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
Students taking up a place on this course are eligible to apply for the Mark Wood Art and Design Scholarship, which recognises and encourages excellence. Download the application form here.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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