Photography: History, Theory, Practice MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

This course will engage you in the challenging task of making sense of the multitude of photographic images that shape the world today.

It is the first MA in the UK to combine the history and theory of photography with practice and curation in a genuinely interdisciplinary context.

You’ll explore the pivotal role of photography over the past two centuries across diverse global contexts – from the ways in which photography represents the complexities of 19th-century world views to the ubiquity and power of photography in our digital age.

You’ll also develop your practical skills, working with expert practitioners and leading photography curators.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn from leading academics – in fields including Art History, English, Photography, Media, Film, History and Politics – and enjoy direct access to their cutting-edge work.
  • Benefit from our exceptional links with a range of the UK’s premier photography institutions – including Brighton Photo Biennial, Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the photographic Archive of Modern Conflict and our partnership networks of museums and galleries across the South East.
  • Experience professional master classes by internationally recognised photographers and curators. You have the opportunity to take part in the programme of the Centre for Photography and Visual Culture, which attracts world-renowned artists, writers, filmmakers and curators.
Sussex was among the first UK universities to seriously study the histories of photography, and this new Masters course builds on that important legacy.”Dr Ben Burbridge
Lecturer in Art History and Course Leader for Photography Studies

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with GPA 4.0/5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA 3.5/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

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If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in arts, humanities or a relevant social sciences subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area but can show evidence of a long-term interest in photography. You can also apply for this course if you have professional experience of working in photography or the arts.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statementYes

A personal statement is a piece of writing that you submit as part of your application. It should show us that you are the right person for Sussex by telling us why you want to study your course. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact course co-ordinator Sophie Heath at sophie.heath@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

You may choose to study this course full time over one year, or part time over two years to suit your work schedule or other commitments.

You’ll learn from our faculty and also external experts and professionals. Teaching is by lectures, seminar debates and visits to collections of photographic materials across the south of England.

The MA is structured for you to explore theoretical and practical aspects of photography in core modules during the autumn term(s). In the spring term(s), you choose from a range of options on topics such as: 

  • technologies of capture 
  • photography: documentary, politics, landscape 
  • photography and 20th-century visual culture 
  • the art and politics of contemporary image culture.

During the summer, you choose to either write a dissertation or develop a practice-based project.

Assessment methods include essays and practice-based projects, encouraging you to develop a portfolio of practical and critical skills and expertise.

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

Our experts

Dr Anne-Marie Angelo

Dr Anne-Marie Angelo

Lecturer In American History

Research interests

African American history, African diasporas, American History, Archives, black British history, Cultural History, history and theory, history of creativity, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Photography History, Theory and Practice, race and ethnicity in global perspective, Television History, Theory and Criticism, Transnational history

View Anne-Marie Angelo's profile

Dr Benedict Burbridge

Dr Benedict Burbridge

Senior Lecturer in Art History

Research interests

Art History, Art Theory & Aesthetics, Critical Theory, cultural politics, Digital Culture, Museum And Gallery Studies, Photography art and politics, Photography History, Theory and Practice

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Dr Meaghan Clarke

Dr Meaghan Clarke

Senior Lecturer in Art History

Research interests

20th Century Visual Culture, Art History, british art, Gender Studies, history of collecting, Imperial/Colonial History, Print Culture, Victorian studies

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Dr Emile Devereaux

Dr Emile Devereaux

Senior Lecturer In Digital Media

Research interests

Critical Gender Studies, Digital Art & Design, Digital Cartography, Digital Culture, Interaction design, media history and theory, Tactical Media, Visual Studies

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Dr Eleftheria Lekakis

Dr Eleftheria Lekakis

Senior Lecturer In Media & Communication

Research interests

civic engagement, consumer activism, cultural politics, Digital Culture, digital media, global communication, Humanitarianism, media activism, media sociology, Nationalism, political communication, political consumerism, promotional cultures

View Eleftheria Lekakis's profile

Course enquiries

Sophie Heath
Course Co-ordinator
+44 (0)1273 678841 
sophie.heath@​sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the School of History, Art History and Philosophy

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£7,900 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£7,900 per year
International students:
£15,500 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you’re studying part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5% increase (subject to rounding).

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

You’ll gain academic and research skills as well as a crucial range of professional skills directed at working in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors – an arena in which millions of people are employed worldwide.

This MA prepares you for a variety of exciting careers across:

  • photography
  • the visual arts
  • curating
  • the media
  • the creative industries.

It also provides an ideal foundation for doctoral research.

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