Postgraduate coursesCommercial Photography

Course Overview

The MA Commercial Photography course offers you the opportunity to enhance your practice with the aim of becoming a photographer at the forefront of the industry.

This new, exciting course is led by the renowned photographer and educator, Professor Paul Wenham-Clarke.

MA Commercial Photography students will be engaged in a breadth of creative practice including advertising, fashion, editorial and documentary photography, with a strong emphasis on freelance working. Using still and/or moving image, you will define your own visual identity as a practicing commercial photographer.

An amazing set of industry mentors have been gathered together to provide individual tutorials offering real world advice and feedback. Harry Borden, Spencer Murphy (Taylor-Wessing Winner 2013), Zed Nelson, Jane Hilton, Tara Darby, Rob Payne, Tim Patton (Advertising & Corporate sales Director Magnum Photos UK). Aaron Schuman the well known photographer, writer, curator and founder of SeeSaw photography online magazine is also part of the course team.

The course is available in both full-time and part-time pathways.

The full-time course runs for one year (45 weeks of study), from September to September. Attendance is on average one day a week (Tuesdays).

The course offers an amazing opportunity to mix with experts and boost your own career.

part-time pathway

The part-time course runs for two years (90 weeks of study), from September to September.

Attendance is one day a week for the first 15 weeks (Tuesdays) and then one day every other week for the rest of the course.

The part-time day typically starts at 11.00am and runs until 6.00pm. This is to allow students who are travelling from further afield to reach the University in good time.

There are breaks in teaching at Christmas, Easter and a month in the summer.

Full-time and part-time students are brought together a great deal in order to enrich their study and create a vibrant master’s level community. 

Who is it for?

The course is designed for ambitious photography graduates, or experienced photographers who wish to develop their knowledge and expertise in order to reach the very top of their field. We look for students with a passion for the subject and who are willing to take risks, and in doing so push themselves to new heights.

Whether you want to develop a strong commercial portfolio or test the boundaries of your creative practice, our photography postgraduate course offers a unique opportunity for talented practitioners to work with highly experienced award winning staff and to use state of the art facilities.

Cover image by Aimee Spilling

  • QAA 2011

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