Postgraduate Diploma in Photography

Falmouth University - Offered by CEG Digital, United Kingdom
Postgraduate Diploma in Photography
Next enrollment cycle May 2024 See all cycles
Total Cost KES 1,520,618
Course Accredited By PC
14 Months Online Postgraduate Diploma

Our masters degree will equip you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills to meaningfully engage with a technologically- and socially-evolving medium. It will help you succeed within the increasingly complex and competitive creative industries.

The course brings together talented practitioners on an international scale who have the ambition the ambition to succeed, innovate, and lead. It allows for the dynamic cross-pollination of approaches in photography and the exploration of critical perspectives.

You will also have an individual, or group of, sophisticated projects of a publishable standard. You can use these as the foundation to take you to the next stage in your career and sustain your practice beyond.

Through your time on the course, you will:

  • Gain valuable insights which you can immediately apply to your work by sharing your approaches to photography and collaboratively exploring critical perspectives
  • Become an inquisitive, innovative, and outward-looking professional practitioner
  • Be able to embrace multi-disciplined approaches to your work
  • Confidently collaborate with other professional practitioners on a global scale
  • Inspire others and take leading roles within the arts sector and creative industries on an international level
  • On successful completion of this course, you will have an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification.

With Falmouth Flexible, you access your course content, interactions with other students and tutors, and learning resources through Canvas, our easy-to-use online platform. You can access the course wherever you are in the world, and you can watch, pause, and rewind lectures whenever you want. 

Learning activities
Engaging learning activities will help you apply theory to practice. They could include:

  • Concise online presentations to introduce key concepts
  • Small group and class discussions and crits to facilitate interaction and dialogue
  • Online critiques to test assumptions, ideas, and to receive feedback from peers and tutors
  • Individual and group tutorials throughout the course
  • Independent study
  • Self-evaluation and peer feedback

All assessments are taken and submitted online.
Assessment methods for the masters degree in photography can typically include:

  • Coursework assessment with no formal examinations
  • Oral presentations
  • Collaborations on live, client briefs
  • Projects, individual reports and public presentations

Enrollment Cycles

  • May 2024
  • September 2024
  • January 2025

Entry Requirements

An honours degree or Level 6 equivalent qualification.
If your first language is not English, you'll need to take one of the following tests to verify your proficiency:

  • IELTS - minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  • TOEFL iBT (online test) - minimum of 88 overall and at least 21 in all 4 components
  • LanguageCert (online test) - a High Pass from the ESOL B2 Communicator test in reading, writing, speaking and listening (2 parts)

We also accept a range of equivalent recognised English language qualifications. Candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply.

You will need to complete four 30-credit modules (120 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award. A dissertation (major project) is not required.

Module one Positions and Practice

  • This module enables you to locate your practice within the broad contexts of professional contemporary photography.
  • You will consider the importance of research as a fundamental aspect of contemporary photography in both academic and industry contexts, and critically reflect on core themes in contemporary visual culture.
  • Through discursive activities with faculty staff and peers, as well as self-directed research and personal reflection, you will analyse your practice in relation to specific themes, and articulate your practical and conceptual motivations and intentions as an image-maker.

Module two Informing Contexts (30 credits)

  • 'Informing Contexts' aims to increase your understanding of how contemporary practice is enriched through critical and theoretical contextualisation, helping you develop an informed and sophisticated photographic practice.
  • The module will introduce you to a number of themes and debates that are fundamental to the study of the image, such as debates around looking and subjectivity.
  • You will also consider your own practice in relation to historical, philosophical, and ethical perspectives around photography and visual culture.

Module three Sustainable Strategies

  • This module considers the different contexts in which the photography is published, and how its form influences how it is received and understood by audiences.
  • You will explore the many creative strategies involved in the production, resolution, and publication of photographic work, and consider the possibility of interdisciplinary approaches in the making and presentation of your own creative output.
  • As you study, you’ll also devise strategies and workflows that are conscious of material consumption and work towards professional, and ecological and environmental sustainability.
  • You’ll be encouraged to experiment with new materials, processes, and creative strategies as appropriate to your specialism.

Module four Collaboration and Professional Locations (30 credits)

  • ‘Collaboration and Professional Locations’ strives to increase your understanding and appreciation of the roles, relationships, and responsibilities that can play a major part in progressing and sustaining your professional practice.
  • As part of this, you will be encouraged to undertake commissions and work placements during this module, and to devise or engage in photography and visual arts initiatives relevant to your work.
  • You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate on a live brief with a small group of peers. These briefs will be set by clients and allow you to gain experience with real world, industry challenges.


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