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Photography MFA



What will I learn?

Our Photography MFA enables you to enrich your existing practice and develop as a professional photographer in a creative community. You will produce a mature body of work, coëxisting with debates at the forefront of your discipline. The course focuses on making, informed by technical knowledge. You will research, develop and refine your ideas. Your practice and your academic understanding will become inseparable.

Course overview

Whether you have recently finished an undergraduate degree, or are returning to learning, this could be the postgraduate course for you. As a student on our Photography MFA you will develop a deeper knowledge of your creative practice.

Identify and explore the qualities that this stage of your career requires. Expand your material knowledge through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Critiques
  • Briefs and live projects
  • Field trips and participatory events

Explore your own potential as a citizen of the world, understanding your creative work in terms of both ethics and social justice.

Where could Photography MFA take you?

This course is designed to give you significant industry exposure to increase your opportunities for employment once you graduate. You will study specialist modules that require you to work with external partners in publishing, exhibitions, agencies and education. This will help you to establish networks and gain relevant experience with industry professionals. You will gain transferrable skills in creative problem solving as well as critical thinking, writing and presenting.

This will give you an advantage in careers such as:

  • Photographer
  • Film and video editor
  • Advertising art director
  • Magazine features editor
  • Medical illustrator
  • Press photographer

Which department am I in?

Art and Design

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£13,000.00 (US$ 15,851) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

October 2023


York St John University

Lord Mayor's Walk,


YO31 7EX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a Bachelors Degree. IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component), TOEFL iBT Overall score of 75 (Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 20), other forms of TOEFL are not acceptable.

For international students

Students need to have a 2:1 honours degree in a related subject. If your degree is in an unrelated subject, but you can provide a strong portfolio, your application may still be considered. If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent. TOEFL iBT (home edition also accepted): Overall score of 75 (Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 20), other forms of TOEFL are not acceptable.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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