Postgraduate coursesCommercial Photography

Course Overview

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.

This new, exciting 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.

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.

course mentors

The course has an amazing group of mentors that can help guide your career:

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).

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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