MA Design specialising in Photography


MA Design – Photography pathway explores the role of photography, one of the most powerful and persuasive forms of communication, within current society. This course, at its core, is concerned with the individual photographers’ desire to engage with his or her audience, commenting and contributing to current social, political and ideological debates.

This course requires students to engage with the process of publication. It encourages and supports them to realise their ambition to be artists in the wider public and professional arena beyond the boundaries of the course. It also emphasizes a critically driven research practice that pushes at the edge of prevailing perspectives and accepted views, both inside and outside the subject, challenging, revising and seeking fresh possibilities. It delivers a powerful balance of rigorous conceptual, critical approaches and the supported development of sophisticated practical and professional skills that together enable students to establish themselves as credible artists.

13 months

Educational form:

Education Variants:


Start Dates:
2nd October 2017

Tuition Fees:

Award Body:
University of Central Lancashire – UK

British Degree:
Master of Arts in Design

Entry Requirements

  • the AAS Application form completed
  • Degree or Diploma and transcript from previous educational institution
  • evidence of your ability in English language (IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent)
  • portfolio
  • passport


Course at a glance:

Semester 1

Design Practice 1

Design Research 1

Semester 2

Advanced Practice 2

Design Research 2

Semester 3

Photography Practice 3


Assessment is 100% coursework and you will be continually assessed throughout the course.

The course is continually assessed through module requirements, allowing students to achieve target awards. Final modules are graded Pass, Merit, Distinction.

Career Opportunities

The course has supported career changes into freelance photography and has enhanced or updated existing skills and supported career development within the industry in areas as diverse as editorial photojournalism and education, production, curation and gallery administration.