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MA Photography (Visual Communication)

The online Master’s in Photography prepares students for a successful career as a photographer. Students will develop an individual creative approach, and graduate with confidence in aesthetic, design and commercial judgement.

What You'll Learn

Design a Unique Creative Project

As part of your Photography MA studies, you’ll devise and deliver a completely personal photography project, exploring your own creative and commercial interests.

You’ll refine the skills, creativity and understanding necessary to work as a professional practitioner in photography, providing evidence of your preparedness for employment to potential employers and clients.

Key Modules

Practice 1: Art and Design, Practice 2: Art and Design, Major Study

Develop Your Individual Vision

Throughout the MA programme, you’ll be encouraged to set out your personal ‘manifesto for change’ and define your future contribution to the creative photography sector.

You’ll consider your own photography practice in relation to local, national and global art and design practices, and develop your awareness of your position within the wider creative industries.

Key Modules

Creative Industries: Global Perspectives, Research and Practice

Pitch and Present Professionally

As part of your studies you’ll learn how to present yourself and your work to a range of potential clients, employers and audiences relevant to your photography practice.

You’ll develop a digital presence through a range of activities designed to enhance your portfolio, and gain an understanding of how to negotiate the demands of different stakeholders.

Key Modules

Creative Industries: Professional Presentations

Become a Creative Entrepreneur

Throughout the MA Photography programme, you’ll pitch new ideas, exploit emerging technologies and devise original, innovative photographic work that explores a contemporary visual language.

You’ll be encouraged to challenge your assumptions about the creative industries, and will develop an awareness of current debates and insights at the forefront of photography.

Embrace Global Collaboration

Through your MA studies you’ll engage with a global cohort of your peers, expanding your networks and growing your awareness of the impact of international photography practice.

You’ll become prepared for various engagements with other professionals – including project management and collaboration – ensuring that your skills are marketable in a global business environment.

Key Modules

Creative Industries: Business Perspectives

The Interactive Design Institute has been partnered with the University of Hertfordshire since 2008, with the aim of giving everyone the opportunity to get their creative degree from a UK university without having to attend on-campus.

87% of our Masters students achieve Commendation or Distinction
Over 1000 online students from over 70 countries
72% of our undergraduate students gain a 2:1 or above

*All statistics taken from our Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Report 2017/18.

Course Overview

  • Specialising in photography, you’ll study several inter-disciplinary modules with students from related subjects.

    Click the modules to see what you’ll learn in each, or read the programme specification for more information about the MA Photography distance learning programme.

How Online Study Works

As an online student with IDI you’ll benefit from our custom-built study platform, designed for ease of use and communication.

Learn more about how online study works.

Start Dates & Schedules

The two-year online masters Photography programme is taught across six semesters.

While you’re studying, we recommend you set aside a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for activities, as well as additional time to read supporting materials and for discussion with your tutors and peers in the forums.

Ewan Connor, Programme Coordinator for the MA Photography distance learning programme at IDI

Ewan Connor,
Programme Coordinator

Meet Your Programme Coordinator

As the Programme Coordinator for the MA Photography distance learning programme, Ewan will be your first point of contact for any non-tutorial enquiries.

Ewan has oversight of all aspects of the programme, and will therefore be able to provide you with the best guidance and advice throughout the entire postgraduate photography course.