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Photography (Online) MA

Develop compelling photography through research and experimentation, whether your approach is analogue, digital or post-photographic, enabling you to articulate your vision in a way that’s right for you.


100% online


Course overview

You become confident in different formats and develop your professional skills throughout your studies with expert teaching from professional photographers. You also explore legal and ethical issues in photography. The course supports you as you consider aesthetic, technical and conceptual approaches to decision-making.

We help you develop your understanding of the relationship between photographer, audience and material. Your style, taste and message evolves as you consider aesthetic, technical and conceptual approaches to produce a photographic artefact made for an intended audience.

As an MA Photography student, you receive access to the Adobe Creative Cloud, allowing access to Photoshop – for no additional cost. We’re Europe’s first Adobe Creative Campus and Europe’s only Apple-accredited University, giving you with the digital tools and resources to develop your creative skills.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Approaches and Images

A series of inductions and workshops prepare you for practical work. You consider aesthetic, technical, and conceptual approaches to image-making, and employ these in the planning, development, and resolution of a photographic project. You are encouraged to experiment, test new ideas, and actively challenge and develop your previous work.

Audience and Encounters

Photographs are not just images: we encounter them in material contexts. Explore the ways in which photographs can be deployed and disseminated, and how they might be engaged with by viewers. You consider aesthetic, technical and conceptual approaches to produce a photographic artefact made for an intended audience.

Master's Project: Photography

Undertake a major, in-depth, individual study into a specialisation relating to your discipline.

This project is appropriate to commercial, industrial, creative, or research-based fields according to your own interests and career aspirations. You are responsible for the conceptualisation, research and development of the project, producing an end product relevant to your field of study.

The Connected Practitioner

Develop the tools, skills and techniques required to embark on research specific to each discipline or sector. Explore a comprehensive collection of engaging research methods and practices, as well as critical thinking, connecting with external facing issues and real-world issues, challenges, policies and audiences.

This interdisciplinary module facilitates a vibrant postgrad community and a cross-pollination of ideas, looking beyond the specialist subject to the wider panorama, offering multiple perspectives and inter or trans-disciplinary approaches.

The Resourceful Photographer

Making strong images is only part of a successful photographic practice. Develop the necessary skills to operate at a professional level, whatever your chosen career path and aspirations.

A series of seminars explores effective communication, marketing and promotion, legal and ethical obligations, business models, and careers in photography. You develop practical skills and industry know-how, underpinned by relevant critical and theoretical contexts.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You learn through lectures, workshops and seminars individually and in groups.

You engage in research-led, project-based learning, developing creative skills and commercial awareness by working to industry briefs. Learning focuses on reflecting the reality of working in the creative industries, and throughout the course you will be encouraged to work both individually and as part of a group.

All you need is a PC, laptop or tablet to access the course materials and forum and share your writing with the tutors and your peers.

How you are assessed

Most of the modules include a progressive assessment strategy, with practical tasks set each week to support you in working towards in course assessment.


Entry requirements

Typically a first degree (2.2 minimum) in photography. We also consider other relevant experience or qualifications.

Plus a portfolio of images or a completed project demonstrating your skills, and a proposal outlining the direction of your work and aims for the course.

International applicants will require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements



Career opportunities

Choose to work as an independent photographer or within a range of businesses that require professional photography skills, in positions such as:

  • art director
  • film/video editor
  • graphic designer
  • magazine features editor
  • medical illustrator
  • press photographer


Learning platform

Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is the platform you use to access your online course


Teesside University online learning courses are delivered through the Brightspace Learning Environment.

Here are some of the benefits.

  • You can use it on your smartphone, tablet and computer.
  • And you can use it anytime, so that you can plan your learning to fit your own schedule.
  • It's easy to use and navigate.
  • Modules are set out by topics and themes. You can use the progress bar to understand where you are in your modules, and appreciate your achievements.
  • We support you to become familiar with your VLE, helping you to start learning quickly.
  • You get feedback, help and guidance from tutors throughout your course through the VLE, and you can ask questions at any time.
  • Our tutors use a live activity feed to keep you updated about your course.
  • You can create a student profile, collaborate with other students and take part in online discussion forums.

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Online learning

Online learning allows you to get a university-level qualification from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You'll have access to all of the world-class teaching and support that Teesside University has to offer, but all of your lectures, tutorials and assessments will take place online.

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Teesside University was named University of the Year at the Edufuturists Awards 2022.


  • Not available full-time


2024/25 entry

Fee for all applicants
£6,750 (£1,125 for each 30 credits)

More details about our fees

  • Length: 2 - 3 years
  • Attendance: 100% online
  • Start date: January or September
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