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Contemporary Photography, Practices and Philosophies

24 months
15165 GBP/year
6045 GBP/year
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The MA Contemporary Photography, Practices and Philosophies at University of the Arts London (UAL) is a fine art photography course which merges research with practice.


Course overview

The MA Contemporary Photography, Practices and Philosophies at University of the Arts London (UAL) is rooted in the idea that photography has no self-limiting identity or essence. Creating visually exciting and intellectually compelling work, you will develop as an artist with photography at the core of your practice.

Unlike many other photography courses, MA Contemporary Photography; Philosophies and Practices at Central Saint Martins is not committed to one notion of what photography is. Instead, it aims to provide you with the tools to locate your own practice within a broad range of contemporary art forms. On this course, you will nurture your practice by working with reference to a number of disciplines, including performance, installation, new media, fashion and site-specific work. You will explore the philosophy of the visual image as a melting pot of political, aesthetic and social concepts.

This course explores photography as a plural, transdisciplinary and multimedia global language. Situating photography at the core of contemporary visual art, the course integrates theory and practice. You will explore photography as a discipline which interlaces fine art, technology and new media. You will research photography as a universal language of contemporary cultures. These encompass the arts, the sciences and also the construction of personal identities. This course will provide you with the tools to work in fields related to artistic production and the extended creative industries.

A key objective of the course is to overcome the distinction between theory and practice and to offer an experience of deep integration of making and thinking. The course emphasises new media and post-internet approaches as the language of contemporary art practice. These are explored through theory seminars and workshops in physical computing, metadata, augmented reality and social media. The core activities of the course are the making, outward presentation and contextualisation of your work.

Programme Structure

The course is trans-disciplinary by design with emphasis on ‘learning by doing’ and developing individual but engaged practice that spans the fields of fine art, visual media, contemporary philosophy and online and offline techniques. 

Through an extensive program of mentoring by contemporary artists, curators and philosophers, students are continuously challenged to examine their work in light of the current developments in the medium and to bring it close to the real world uses of photography.

 Courses include: 

  •  What is practice? (in photography)
  • Developing Practice and Research
  • Realisation of Practice and Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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180 alternative credits


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Other requirements

General requirements

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree OR
  • An equivalent EU / international qualification.
Personal Statement

Your personal statement (between 300-500 words) should include:

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on this course?
  • What is your relevant experience?
  • Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for acceptance?
Indicative Project Proposal

To apply for this course we require that you write an initial project proposal between 800 and 1,000 words. This proposal should demonstrate your understanding of contemporary art practice and thinking. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15165 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15165 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    6045 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6045 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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