Royal College of Art

24 months
28400 GBP/year
9500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The Photography programme provides a critical and educational environment in which you can develop as an artist with photography at the core of your practice. We offer a platform where students can articulate ideas through making work and can reflect critically upon what they have made. 


Photography is now in a state of productive fluidity. The boundary between what is and what is not a photograph is dissolving. Whether still or moving, instantaneous or posed, digital or analogue, the photographic image is now a malleable cultural and aesthetic form of representation. An informed practice of photography is aware of the heterogeneous visual traditions of fine art as well as the specific traditions of photography as art. Our students also engage with practices of reading and writing about the still image, informed by theories of art, representation and culture.

The programme offers:

  • understanding of photography as an expanded and interdisciplinary art practice with no fixed identity
  • emphasis on the relation between photography and the book, text and image
  • black-and-white and colour darkrooms, analogue and digital, with facilities to make prints up to 125 cm wide
  • photography studios equipped with flash, tungsten and daylight

Programme Structure

  • You are assigned a personal tutor with whom you discuss your work in tutorials twice a term. Your tutor writes a critical report on your progress each term in response to a written statement of your own. 
  • Although you are working primarily on your own practice, there are also through out the year group critiques, seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials with other members of the course team. You will produce work for studio critiques that take place in term one and two.
  • You take an interim examination in the summer term, which you must pass in order to continue into the second year.
  • In the second year you select your personal tutor who appraises your work twice a term. You produce a self-initiated body of work, which is evaluated and discussed in group critiques and tutorials during the year. 

For more information, please visit programme website.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




240 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You are generally expected to have a good BA degree from a photography or fine art course.
  • You should be able to demonstrate an original and critical approach to photography as well as an ability to engage with current theories of art and culture that inform your practice.
  • Portofolio
  • Interview (if invited)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28400 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9500 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.


UK and EU students receive a subsidy from the British Government and pay a reduced fee. To qualify for the home or EU rate of tuition fees you will need to meet certain strict conditions related to your nationality, visa status and residency. 

To find out more about how fee status is assessed, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

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