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Photography, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 17 months
University rank #591 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The Photography course at Kingston University will embark you on a fascinating journey that employs creativity, practical skills and theory. You will develop a major body of practical work for exhibition and publication over the duration of the course in a supportive and dynamic environment in the Department of Film and Photography.


During the Photography course at Kingston University, you will develop your own practice-led research, and share with us an enquiry into the expanded definition of the photographic medium in a variety of forms including analogue and digital, new media and technology, still and moving image, installation, performance and engagements with the archive.

In exploring the photographic medium we encourage a rich interdisciplinary approach that crosses the boundaries between forms, disciplines and subject matters. Our modules are designed to help you become an independent practitioner who is able to speak across a range of practices and theories and find your own practically resolved and theoretically informed practice.

What will you study?

On the course photography is understood as a medium in its widest sense (analogue and digital, new media and technology, still and moving image, installation, performance and engagements with the archive) with the course located within the new department of film and photography in one of the oldest art schools in the UK. Students on the MA have access to all art school workshops including 3-D sculpture, printmaking, animation, bookmaking as well as our new state-of-the art film and photo facilities. The working agenda is towards experimentation and expanded boundaries of the photographic with students practice evolving in diverse ways.

Students are taught to research and conceptualise their work so that it is both rigorous and reflectively informed. The range of critical theory introduced is not limited to discussions around the photographic but extends across post-colonial theory, globalization, environmentalism, social justice issues, queer theory and gender-based debates, privacy and surveillance, politics of the internet and technological aspects of the photographic medium.

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Critical Theory in Photography and Visual Culture
  • Photography Practices
  • Advanced Photography Practices

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Please note: there is no official deadline for applications, but we recommend that you apply by June for September entry and by October for January entry.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 17 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • at least a 2.2 or preferably a 2.1. BA(Hons) degree (or its equivalent) in a related or appropriate subject. Each application is considered on its own merits and all candidates are interviewed.
  • International and mature students with relevant experiences, interest, motivation and commitment are welcomed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15300 GBP per year and a duration of 17 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7600 GBP per year and a duration of 17 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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