The MA Commercial Photography course is the perfect springboard for ambitious photographers wishing to become practitioners at the forefront of the industry.
Highly practice-focused, the course offers an exciting combination of art and commerce and comprises of three units. This is to allow the production of substantial bodies of work that could become an exhibition or publication.
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.
MA Commercial Photography students will be able to engage with a breadth of creative practices including advertising, fashion, editorial, documentary and fine art photography. Using still and/or moving image, you will define your own visual identity and then identify an appropriate audience to ensure a successful and profitable career.
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).
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.
You can also download the full programme specification for MA Commercial Photography.
Take a look at our frequently asked questions about the MA Commercial Photography course here.
What students are doing
In 2017, the MA Commercial Photography course held a photography seminar day in the Photographers’ Gallery in London. Entitled ‘Art & Commerce – Striking a Balance’, the seminar brought together three highly talented photographers whose practice combines fine art and commercial work. You can read more here.
Looking to be inspired? Browse our gallery of student work to find out more about the kinds of projects that our students get involved in.
Studios and resources
Studying on our MA Commercial Photography course, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities and industry-standard equipment. Our studios and resources support all photography practices from analogue through to high-end digital production.
Staff on the course
This course is led by the renowned photographer and educator, Professor Paul Wenham-Clarke FBIPP. Paul has had work shown at The National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Somerset House and has had 18 solo shows including two at St Martin-in-the-Fields gallery, Trafalgar Square, London.
Professor of Photography, FBIPP & AoP Member
Professor Paul Wenham-Clarke has had two solo exhibitions at St Martin-in-the-Fields Crypt Gallery, Trafalgar Square and had work exhibited at The Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Portrait Gallery and Somerset House. He has been a professional photographer and educator for over twenty years and has won eighteen national professional competitions or awards. In 2004 Paul produced a personal project called When Lives Collide that toured the UK, and was shown in Greece in 2010 (Crete...Full profile
Your Interview and Portfolio
As part of your application, we require a portfolio that demonstrates your skills, and an MA Proposal. These two elements are used to assess your current practice, ambition and suitability for the course.
You can find out more by downloading our Portfolio Guidelines here.