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Commercial Photography MA

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: 1 year (45 weeks)
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:

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Introduction:

As part of our commitment to deliver courses that are current and relevant for employment, we’re pleased to be reviewing our postgraduate provision. This course will be changing for 2022 entry and is not currently open for applications. Please complete our enquiry form to be the first to hear about our new course.

This practice-based course is designed to develop the commercial, technical and creative skills to support a career within the commercial photographic industry. Your coursework will be comprised of a self-initiated project in relation to your individual subject interests, as well as live briefs set by staff. Collaborative projects will allow you to develop a substantial body of work, and enable you to embark upon your chosen area of commercial practice.

Our Photography staff have expertise across a wide range of specialist photographic practices, and will support with you with flexible and responsive teaching and learning.

Key features

  • Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations
  • Choose to develop a specialised practice, for example fashion, advertising and editorial, or documentary photography
  • Undertake an industry work placement or live project, in the UK or overseas
  • Enjoy technical and production workshops to help develop your existing skills
  • Have the opportunity to exhibit your work publicly
  • Benefit from our staff’s international links and contacts across Europe
  • Take advantage of our excellent industry links, including companies such as Phase One, Genesis Imaging, Profoto, Wex Photographic, and Red Photographic
  • Join the 75 years’ worth of NTU graduates who have achieved success, won awards, or otherwise distinguished themselves in the field of photography
  • We are proud to be ranked 13th in the UK for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).

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What you’ll study

The course places a focus on employability and entrepreneurship, and is designed for you to undertake either a work placement or a live project with industry. This could take place in the UK or overseas.

You can opt to complete this module as either 180 credit points, or as 160 credit points with an additional module in Advanced Art and Design Research worth 20 credit points.

Commercial Photography

(180 credit points or 160 credit points) Working with your supervisor, you will develop a learning agreement to establish your project and develop the professional contexts that relate to the subject matter. You will keep a reflective journal that will record, analyse and evaluate your project development, and examine where your work may situate itself in contemporary photographic practice. The course places considerable emphasis on professional practice, and students will gain the practical knowledge and skills necessary to enter into the commercial field.

In Term One (September to December) you will examine photographic practice and the breadth of its commercial contexts to support the research and development of your project ambition.

Group tutorials provide a discursive platform where you will present and examine your own practice and the work of your peers. A seminar series will examine the dialogues surrounding contemporary commercial photography, and support the production of a contextual essay in the second term of the course. Technical and production workshops will help you to develop your existing photography skills, and support the development of your project.

During Terms One and Two, you will undertake an assessed work-based placement or a live work-based project. This should be relevant to the career ambitions identified through your learning agreement. You’ll receive support from course staff and the University’s Employability team to help you identify and secure an appropriate placement or live project. A practical seminar series that teaches students how to navigate the business and markets of contemporary photography complements the work-based placements, and runs across Terms One and Two. During this time your learning will mainly be independent, supported by your academic tutor and access to learning resources.

In the final term, you will consolidate your learning through a body of photographic work, and an exhibition. Your work may be realised in the form of a portfolio, publication or other format as agreed with your tutor, suitable for public exhibition.

Your work should demonstrate evidence of contemporary context, theory and practice within commercial photography. It should also show a strong commitment to your chosen practice, demonstrating creativity, imagination, and innovation.

Assessment for this module is holistic and based on a number of components including a body of photographic work; a learning agreement; a reflective journal; a contextual essay; an annotated bibliography; an artist’s statement; a written report on your placement or live project; and a verbal presentation.

Optional research module

(20 credit points)

Advanced Art and Design Research

This module will expose you to a range of different research methods across diverse practice-led research projects and research-led practices within Art and Design. If you are interested in pursuing your practice in the form of a PhD, this module will prepare you for further study.

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How you’re taught

Teaching and learning experiences may include:

  • tutorials
  • lectures
  • workshops
  • live projects
  • work placements
  • support in out photography facilities
  • self-directed learning

Assessment

Assessment is 100% based on coursework and includes:

  • a learning agreement
  • a reflective journal
  • a work-based learning report
  • a verbal presentation
  • a contextual essay
  • an annotated bibliography
  • a body of photographic work

Staff Profiles

Martine Hamilton Knight

Senior Lecturer

School of Art & Design

Senior lecturer on the MA Commercial Photography and MA Photography Senior lecturer on BA (hons) Photography

Careers and employability

Career Prospects

Students from this course may become:

  • freelance photographers
  • photographic assistants
  • digital specialists
  • fashion, editorial and advertising photographers
  • picture editors
  • multiplatform photojournalists

Our aim is to produce highly employable graduates, and we are committed to offering experiences throughout the course that will enhance your understanding of the photographic industry.

The University’s Employability team can help to prepare you, offering a variety of activities including CV-building, writing job applications, preparing for interviews, and building your own personal brand.

Connections with Industry

The Photography department and the University’s Employability team will help you to prepare for a career in commercial photography, alongside your course.

You’ll benefit from masterclasses and workshops from high-profile guest practitioners from a diverse range of photographic backgrounds. This is supported by industry visits by companies like Phase One, Genesis Imaging, Profoto, and Wex Photographic.

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work-based placement as part of your course, or to work on a live project with industry.

YouFirst – working with our Employability Team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From electronic textiles to the history of lace, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Find out more: ntu.ac.uk/research

Campus and facilities

MA Commercial Photography students are based on our City Campus in the heart of Nottingham. Both Waverley and Bonington buildings are dedicated hubs for our art and design students. You’ll also have access to specialist resources across the School of Art & Design and wider University.

Explore all our facilities in the School of Art & Design Facilities Hub.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree in a related subject.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Other requirements:

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • 2.1 honours degree in a related subject.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Other requirements:

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally. Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university don't usually have to meet this requirement.

Pre-masters courses

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can do a pre-masters course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

Fees and funding

Home fees for 2021 entry

Course
full-time
MA Commercial Photography £8,500
MA Photography £8,500  

Alumni Loyalty Scheme - 20% fee discount

We're happy to be able to offer a 20% fee discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU graduates.
See if you're eligible.

Postgraduate loans

The government introduced a new postgraduate loans scheme in the 2016/17 academic year for Masters degrees. The loan will be a contribution towards the costs of study and it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs.

Scholarships

We are offering a number of scholarships for Masters study.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on
+44 (0)115 848 2494.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

International / EU fees for 2021 entry.

Course
full-time
MA Commercial Photography £15,500
MA Photography £15,500  

Alumni Loyalty Scheme - 20% fee discount

We're happy to be able to offer a 20% fee discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU graduates.
See if you're eligible.

International scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to international students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our International students page for information about fees, scholarships for international students, visas and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

How to apply

As part of our commitment to deliver courses that are current and relevant for employment, we’re pleased to be reviewing our postgraduate provision. This course will be changing for 2022 entry and is not currently open for applications. Please complete our enquiry form to be the first to hear about our new course.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

As part of our commitment to deliver courses that are current and relevant for employment, we’re pleased to be reviewing our postgraduate provision. This course will be changing for 2022 entry and is not currently open for applications. Please complete our enquiry form to be the first to hear about our new course.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.