Online Masters Degree in Photography

Photography Course Overview

This course will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to meaningfully engage with a technologically and socially evolving medium, and succeed within the increasingly complex and competitive creative industries. It is available for part-time study as Masters (MA) or Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).

Throughout the course you will realise the potential of your own ideas and practice by locating your individual specialism within the creative industries, enabling you to succeed and make significant contributions within a range of professional contexts.

This course brings together talented practitioners on an international scale with the ambition to succeed, innovate and lead, allowing for the dynamic cross pollination of approaches in photography and exploration of critical perspectives. On successful completion of this course, in addition to having an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification, you will have an individual, or group of, sophisticated projects of a publishable standard that you will be able to use as the foundation to take you to the next stage in your career and sustain your practice beyond.

Award Title: MA Photography
(also available to study to PGDip level)
Awarding Body: Falmouth University
Level: 7
Duration: MA 2 years; PGDip 14 months
Mode of study: online, part-time 


  • Study with talented practitioners in photography on an international scale
  • Be part of a global community of like-minded professionals

Who is this course for?

The aim of this course is to enhance the creative, critical and professional skills of practitioners who are at an early stage in their careers, as well as to give those who have already established themselves within the professional arena an opportunity to interrogate their practice and deepen the quality and sophistication of their creative output.

It is designed to accommodate a broad range of practitioners, from those who use photography to question the world around them to those whose practice interrogates the medium itself. Typical applicants may be working as photojournalists, critics in photography, curators, freelancers, or business or studio owners.

During the enquiry and application process for this course some applicants may realise that they’re not quite ready to make the most of our rigorous Masters-level study. In these circumstances we can talk with you to see whether joining our BA(Hons) Top up course prior to progressing to the MA would be most beneficial.

Studying on our Top Up will allow us to work with you to ensure you have the best chance of getting a good degree result which in turn will lead to a guaranteed offer and place on the MA. Please contact us for more information on +44 (0)1223 447713.

Course content


You will need to complete four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award.


You will need to complete four 30-credit modules (120 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award. A dissertation (major project) is not required.

Core Modules Credits
Positions and practice 30
Informing contexts 30
Surfaces and strategies 30
Sustainable prospects 30
Final major project (MA only) 60


  • Coursework assessment with no formal examinations
  • Projects, individual reports and live online presentations

How you study

You may choose to:

  1. Study entirely online.
  2. Study online and attend optional face to face events.

You will be given the opportunity to attend up to two events per academic year and dates and location of the events will vary. Events usually incorporate a weekend to accommodate busy schedules. More information is available on the face to face events page.


Face to face events

You will be given the opportunity to attend up to two face to face events per academic year. Dates and location of these events will vary but they usually incorporate a weekend to accommodate busy schedules.

The aim is to complement your online learning, meet your peers and academic staff and explore topics related to your course. Attendance is strongly encouraged but not compulsory. 

Recent events have included:

  • Photomonth Festival in Krakow, May 2017
  • Unseen in Amsterdam, September 2017

More information is available on the face to face events page.

Taught by industry experts

Designed with employer-focused learning at the core, our courses work with global organisations, staff and alumni to provide you with the breadth of experience and networks needed to accelerate your career.

The course is designed and taught by Jesse Alexander, Dr Steph Cosgrove, Dr Gary McLeod, Anna-Maria Pfab and Dr Wendy McMurdo. 

​Our online tutors are based around the world and come from a range of backgrounds in professional photography. They include Paul Clements, Michelle Sank, Dr Stella Baraklianou, Krishna Sheth and Cemre Yeşil. 

Learn more about our MA Photography tutors.

In addition to our tutors, we invite guest lecturers to enhance what you're learning and bring the subject to life. Here's a small selection of our previous speakers: 

  • Christiana Monarchi (Editor, Photomonitor)
  • Guy Martin (artist)
  • Sarah Pickering (artist)
  • David Fathi (artist)
  • Sarah Davidmann (artist)
  • Richard Billingham (artist)
  • Marc Wilson (artist)
  • Michal Iwanowski (artist)
  • Edmund Clark (artist)

Learning activities

There will be guided learning activities consisting of:

  • Concise online presentations to introduce key concepts
  • Small group and class discussions and crits to facilitate interaction and dialogue
  • Online critiques to test assumptions, ideas and to receive feedback from peers and tutors
  • Individual and group tutorials throughout the course
  • Independent study
  • Self-evaluation and peer feedback


As a Falmouth student, you enjoy an equal status to students studying on campus:

  • Your own student ID card
  • Access to online software tutorials at
  • 24/7 online access to library resources
  • Students’ Union community
  • Access to our Student Support Services offering academic and personal support

You'll also be entitled to a free student membership of the Association of Photographers

Entry Requirements

You should have:

  • An honours degree or Level 6 equivalent qualification
  • Proof of proficiency in English (minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)

We also accept a range of equivalent recognised English language qualifications. Candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply. For more information regarding equivalent international qualifications and Accreditation of Prior Learning please call us on +44 (0)1223 447713.

For those who may feel the Masters level course is a little out of reach at the moment, please contact us regarding our BA(Hons) Top Up progression package that can lead to a guaranteed MA offer and place, all of which you can complete, part-time, over 3 years. Please call us on +44 (0)1223 447713.

Financing your studies

You can take advantage of:

  • Falmouth Flexible Bursaries
  • Alumni discount (15% to Falmouth alumni)
  • Refer a friend rewards

For more information about these bursaries and other opportunities for financial assistance, please click here or call us on +44 (0)1223 447713

Terms and conditions apply

How to apply

  • Submit an online application form for the MA or PGDip
  • Submit a copy of your first degree certificate or Level 6 equivalent qualification and your IELTS/TOEFL certificate if English is not your first language
  • Submit a digital portfolio of your current photographic practice. The portfolio should indicate both your technical aptitude and the quality and sophistication of your practice. You shouldn’t attempt to encompass a range of styles and genres of photography, but rather try to give the admissions team a sense of your practice specialisms and your interests as a practitioner. You should title or briefly caption each image in your portfolio, explaining - if you think it is necessary to do so - how the image is indicative of your current practice and why you have selected it for your portfolio.

Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Please contact us for FREE advice.
Call 0800 5999123 or +44 (0)1223 447713

Start dates and application deadlines

2018/19 Academic Year
Intake Application deadline Welcome week Course start date
January 20 January 2019 21 January 2019 28 January 2019
May 26 May 2019 27 May 2019 3 June 2019
September 15 September 2019 16 September 2019 23 September 2019

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