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MA Fine Art (Photography)
School/s
Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Campus or location
Locksbrook Campus
Course length
One year full-time.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We're generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent.

Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Study a range of approaches to lens-based media and reach your creative potential with our Fine Art Photography Master’s.

  • Explore your creative potential and achieve professional outcomes, alongside painters and sculptors, curators and designers.
  • Learn from internationally accomplished photographers and artists and experience exceptional academic and technical support.
  • Work in dedicated studios and excellent workshops, lighting and darkroom facilities, in a purpose-built, interdisciplinary environment.

Our Photography Master's develops your skills and knowledge through an exciting combination of practice, research and professional development.

We encourage you to experiment and take risks before going on to establish your own process and craft. You’ll develop skills and knowledge through an exciting combination of practice, research and professional development.

You’ll work alongside Fine Art and Design peers specialising in Ceramics, Curatorial Practice, Visual Communication, Graphics, Illustration and Textiles, allowing you to contextualise your work in relation to current debates and practice.

Our students have capitalised on many opportunities to collaborate with galleries and museums, artists and curators, businesses and educational institutions. We want you, too, to gain the experience necessary to professionalise your practice.

What you'll learn

Overview

Learn to adopt an interdisciplinary and material-led approach, based on experimentation, risk-taking and personal innovation.

MA Fine Art (Photography) at Bath Spa will challenge your assumptions about artistic production and encourage you to explore ways to progress within and transform the field. It’ll also encourage you to build collaborative relationships with other creatives and to develop transferable skills.

You’ll identify your individual position as an artist and learn to promote and exhibit your work professionally. You’ll take a holistic approach, embedding theory, research, and historical and contemporary practice into your work.

Course structure

MA Fine Art (Photography) runs over one year and is divided into three trimesters.

Trimester one
Begin to take chances and challenge your creative processes. You’ll interrogate your existing knowledge and develop skills in an environment that encourages playfulness and artistic risk-taking. You can experiment freely in our wide variety of specialist facilities, open studio and workshop spaces, with expert technical support.

Trimester two
Building on the work in the first trimester, you’ll maintain an experimental approach but start to narrow your focus. Academic staff will help you evaluate your initial developments and refine your working strategy. You’ll be encouraged to pay greater attention to the presentation of your practice and to test how resolved works relate to each other in, as well as to the spaces of, appropriate exhibition sites.

Trimester three
In your final trimester, you’ll work in the studio with increasing independence – demonstrating your progress in establishing a professional practice. You’ll set your own line of enquiry for your Master’s Project, working to a proposal of your devising, which contextualises your work within your specialist discipline at an appropriate level for your Master’s studies. The year culminates in your final Degree Show.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document for more information on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • Practice 1
  • Research Methods
  • Theory and Professional Context
  • Practice 2
  • Research Practice
  • Theory and Professional Practices
  • Masters Project.
How will I be assessed?

Your progress is evaluated by formative assessment (throughout the course) and summative assessment (at the end of each trimester), through a mixture of methods including exhibitions, verbal/visual presentations, research folders/blogs and written assignments.

How will I be taught?

You’ll learn through lectures, talks, taught sessions, individual and group tutorials, and studio critiques and seminars. Visiting lecturers and seminars with external professionals and internationally renowned designers and artists will help you determine where your current practice sits within the industry.

Our collaborative structure also means that you’ll learn from each other – for instance, photography students might engage in debates with painting or curatorial students.

Technical Demonstrators, who manage our workshop facilities, provide teaching and support across a wide range of and subject specialisms. Your learning is also supported by specialist librarians.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.


Online gallery of student work

Check out some of our student work from both the MA Fine Art and MA Design programmes at Bath Spa.

Visit the online gallery


Opportunities

Study abroad

Exchange potential is global. Opportunities have been established in partnership with, amongst others, Hauser and Wirth, CAL Arts, Xian Academy of Fine Arts and the Freelands Foundation.

Fieldwork

When permitted, Bath School of Art, Film and Media offers field trips throughout the academic year.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a postgraduate Fine Art (Photography) student you’ll benefit from access to comprehensive digital workshops and specialist art and design facilities, including:

  • Our student service point at Locksbrook where you can purchase subsidised art and design materials, hire out equipment for free and collect Library resources
  • Access to our well-stocked Library at Newton Park
  • Specialist technical facilities across all of art and design
  • Access to studio space where you can work on projects and refine your practice and your research.

Locksbrook campus

Locksbrook Campus is a Grade II listed building designed by Nicholas Grimshaw in 1976. It has now been transformed into an innovative, open plan space, redesigned to meet 21st century environmental standards, with technical workshops surrounded by flexible studio spaces and large social areas.

Locksbrook has received both a RIBA South West Award 2021 and RIBA National Award 2021, recognising and celebrating what an amazingly inspirational space it is to come together to design, make, do, create and learn in.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time
Course fees
2022/23 entry £8,700
2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023
2024/25 entry Published Jan 2024
International students full time
Course fees
2022/23 entry £16,235
2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023
2024/25 entry Published Jan 2024

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll need a good first degree in Fine Art, Photography, or its equivalent in terms of learning or experience, and a good working knowledge of photographic and fine art contexts and methodologies.

Fundamentally, you’ll be selected on your potential to thrive on this course, as demonstrated by your portfolio and interview.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

With your application form you should provide images of recent work, either in an attachment or through a link to an online resource. These should be clearly marked with size, date and medium. You should also write a short statement outlining why you want to study for an MA at Bath School of Art, Film and Media and what attracts you to the course. Find out more about submitting a portfolio.

We encourage you to come to Locksbrook, if possible, so that we can meet in person and show you the campus. At interview, you'd usually bring some examples of your work. We'll ask you about the artists you look at and exhibitions you've visited.

We'll discuss your work, how you hope to develop your ideas and the facilities you'll need. If it's not possible for you to attend in person, we offer online interviews, supported by a digital portfolio.

Want to apply for this year? 

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

Pathway Leader: Kellie Hindmarch
Email: k.hindmarch@bathspa.ac.uk

Postgraduate Coordinator: Charlie Tweed
Email: c.tweed@bathspa.ac.uk  

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