University of Bolton: Photography (MA)

InstitutionUniversity of Bolton View institution profile
Department Art, Design and Media
Telephone 01204 903903
Study type Taught


Are you a photographer who wants to further develop and broaden your knowledge and skills? Our Photography Master’s degree focuses on contemporary photographic practices across a diverse range of genres. You’ll be given the opportunity to explore and deepen your understanding of photographic practice and culture.

Our popular MA Photography course has achieved success through the production of student work of the highest standard. Some of the most important photo festivals and exhibitions, both national and international, have included University of Bolton photography students’ work. Their work has also been acquired/collected by local and national galleries and other collections.

We’ll encourage and guide you to develop a critical understanding of the key issues in contemporary photographic culture. You’ll look at ethics, social responsibility, meaning and context in photographs, and see how they are influenced and informed by these issues through a series of research-informed practical assignments. You’ll also explore the work of contemporary practitioners and the relationship between their work and the photographic market.

Our highly skilled and experienced teaching team will encourage you to develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of knowledge relevant to advanced photographic practice. We also offer opportunities to engage with external creative industry professionals across the full range of photographic cultures. Successful graduates have experienced career progression across a number of creative industry sub-sectors, as freelancers and curators, working for charities, and in broadcasting. Others have chosen to teach in higher and further education.

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Qualification MA
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

You should have one of the following: at least an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree in Photography; at least an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree in any subject and significant professional experience in the industry; or at least an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree in a related subject with a major project in photography.

If you don’t have these qualifications but do have significant experience in the field of photography and are able to present a strong portfolio, then we’ll be happy to consider your application.

You’ll be required to attend an interview and present a portfolio of photography and examples of written work that demonstrate your suitability and aptitude for the course. You should bring: i) a physical or electronic folio of your work; ii) a copy of your final BA (Hons) dissertation, or other research, to your interview. We’re looking for you to demonstrate a clear style and commitment to the area of study. Please edit the folio down to around 20 pictures, including at least one picture story.

You’ll be required to show original copies of your highest qualification certificate before starting the course.

If English isn't your first language you'll also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you don't have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent) by applying for our English Foundation Programme.


Advanced Practice 1; Advanced Research & Study Skills; Advanced Practice 2; Critical Thinking in Practice; Advanced Practice 3 and Critical Analysis & Reflection.

Location Main Site
Deane Road

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