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Contemporary Art Photography Master of Fine Art, MA (eca)

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MFA Contemporary Art Photography - 21 Months (Full-time)
MA (eca) Contemporary Art Photography - 1 Year (Full-time)
MA (eca) Contemporary Art Photography - 2 Years (Part-time)

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Contact information
Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086
Neil Mulholland (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5881
Address: Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
College of Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
David Hume Tower, George Square
Central Campus

The Photography programme primarily enables you to use lens-based media to examine and explore themes of your own choosing and to produce a resolved body of work allied to rigorous research and professional practice.

Our students consistently demonstrate exceptional levels of achievement across an impressive range of practice including Landscape, Documentary, Portraiture, Still Life, Video.

Whatever the approach, it is undertaken within contemporary contexts allied to historical/cultural awareness of the medium in the context of contemporary art practice and underpinned by academic rigour.

Entry requirements

You should hold an honours degree with classification 2:1 or above or an equivalent professional qualification in a related field of study.

International qualifications

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.

IELTS minimum score
  • IELTS total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT: Total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): Total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CPE Grade C; CAE Grade B

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How to apply

The deadline for submitting applications for academic session 2014/15 is 30 May 2014.

This programme requires the submission of a portfolio and study proposal. See the portfolio submission guidance for more information:

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Programme description

A defining aspect of our masters photography programme is that it places emphasis upon questioning accepted notions of photographic production as a means of encouraging you to develop a highly ambitious art practice.

To this end, we provide specialist support for students wishing to pursue practices in established lens-based photographic media while fully engaging with the ever-changing context of emerging intermedia and innovative forms of critical and organisational praxis.

We also encompass approaches to practice that are not media-specific, including time-based arts, performance, installation, public art, artwriting, criticism, curating and related methodologies.


Students on this programme will benefit from studio-based learning in Edinburgh College of Art's (ECA) historic Lauriston Place campus, along with the exhibitions and events associated with a vibrant art college. The art college experience will be complemented by the University's extensive range of student support facilities, its libraries, student societies, and student accommodation.

Students have access to a wide variety of equipment and resources, including digital SLRs, analogue cameras (35mm through to 10" x 8"), digital darkroom, analogue darkrooms (B&W and Colour), two full length portraiture studios.

Programme structure

You can choose to complete the MA in one year or continue on to the MFA for another year. In the first year, you will produce a body of work on an agreed proposed topic. In the second year, you will develop an extended body of work demonstrating a strong element of research and originality. You will have studio space and access to a wide range of studio equipment, technicians and resources, including photography, printmaking, metal, wood, casting, painting, reprographic and digital facilities.

Our students often work in groups across the subject areas in the School of Art as part of the programme, collaborate throughout the year on critical, creative and curatorial projects where relevant. This gives you a unique opportunity to integrate the fields of art practice, art-writing and curating, culminating in an exhibition of your own work or in a Research Project of your own design.

We regularly organise field trips to European cities and offer short residency and project opportunities with our local and international partners.

The programme also involves the theoretical study of this family of media and approaches, drawing on related fields and methods.

Career opportunities

This programme enables you to develop an ambitious art practice as well as provide you with the organisational and economic knowledge required to thrive as a self-employed photographer. You will also be qualified to teach studio art in higher education and to work in the contemporary art sector.

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