Westminster Photography


This is a course in the creative and critical practice of photography. You will be encouraged to develop your own visual practice through an appreciation of the history of the medium as well as a critical understanding of its wider social and cultural significance. You will also explore a wide range of relevant contemporary theories and debates designed both to stimulate a critically engaged practice and to better prepare you for a range of related careers. You will also gain cognitive and transferable skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.
Many of our graduates go on to work as photographers and photographic artists, but equally they pursue a range of careers within the broader photographic and creative sectors, as designers, historians, magazine editors, museum and gallery curators, picture editors and researchers, teachers, and writers. Many also go on to postgraduate study.
This is the only BA Photography degree course in the UK, which offers both three years full-time and four-years part-time study. Part-time students are taught one day a week with further access to the facilities. Applicants should apply to the most appropriate route, but can also change route should their circumstances change. Course content is the same in three years full-time or four years part-time study.


The emphasis of this Masters course is practice and concentrates on youdevelopment within  documentary practice and photojournalism. You will acquire the fundamental skills of being able to use photography for  expression and communication of your ideas, whether this be gallery, print or web.  The transferable skills you will acquire will serve you well in your future careers as the country’s foremost visual thinkers and practitioners.
Graduates from MA DPP are eminently employable, and regularly achieve success, awards and acclaim as photographers, picture researchers, picture editors, writers, lecturers, designers, art buyers and festival organisers.. The emphasis of the course throughout the year will be on the development of your photographic practice. You will be introduced to a deeper understanding to the complexities of photography through contextual studies and experimentation. You will have the opportunity to become familiar with large, medium format equipment as well as studio practice within up to date environments


MA Photographic Studies is a taught programme combining modules of practice and theory. The course is flexible, a normal route leads to an overall 70% practice and 30% theory ratio (options can vary it to 50/50). Successful candidates will already have a strong portfolio of photographic work and a commitment to thinking about photography. Students develop their own work throughout the course and alongside this write three short critical essays (3000 words each). (There is no Dissertation unless it is chosen as an option.) The major photographic work is shown at the end of the course in a public exhibition, supported by the university. The course is very well established with an international profile and famous through its many graduates in highly successful careers as photographers, artists, critics, writers and visual researchers.


We have been supervising PhD work on photography for over a decade with many successful completions across the wide field of photography research. Staff have expertise in contemporary art photography, critical theory and historical studies of photography. Candidates with proposals for PhD research in these areas are welcome to apply to our PhD programme. Renowned for our pioneering work in combining photographic practice and critical theory we offer excellent support and an active environment of postgraduate research students.

The Photography Department supervises doctoral research on photography in two different modes:

– Practice-based PhD)

– PhD by written research (theoretical/historical/critical)

Both types of research require substantial commitment, rigor and competence in the chosen research field. Candidates will be expected to develop and articulate their research methods as part of the research work. Supervisors will guide and support the candidate throughout the process.