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)
Develop your photography practice while exploring the history and theory of photography. This opportunity to combine practice, history and theory makes our MA unique in the UK.
 
Studying across different disciplines – including Art History, Film, American Studies, History, English and Media – you’ll push at the frontiers of photographic knowledge.
 
You’ll learn from our faculty who are internationally distinguished scholars as well as photographers, artists, writers and curators working with institutions such as:
 
  • Tate
  • the V&A
  • The Science Museum
  • PhotoEspaña
  • The Photographers’ Gallery
  • the Yale Center for British Art.

Why choose this course?

  • Our partnerships with the Getty Images Gallery and the Archive of Modern Conflict give you access to two of Britain’s most significant and eclectic collections of photography.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to work with a rich variety of material that reflects the diversity of photography. The Keep, a world-class centre for archives, is on our doorstep and houses extraordinary resources including the Mass Observation Archive.
  • Our Centre for Photography and Visual Culture organises regular talks, events, master classes and conferences.
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

Read the article on this MA in the British Journal of Photography

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 second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

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.

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 with an 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 with an 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 from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

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 3.0/4.0

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.

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 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

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.

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 with a 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.

My country is not listed

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 5 or above in GCSE from 2017).

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.

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).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this, we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

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 statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

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.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

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.

Life as a Masters student

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, history of emotion, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Photography History, Theory and Practice, postcolonial studies, 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

View Meaghan Clarke's profile

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.

Art History Research Seminar

  • 0 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1 credits

Our Work in Progress Seminars are an opportunity to directly engage with the latest scholarship in the field.

Every term, invited guest speakers come to Sussex to share their most recent research with our postgraduate community and faculty.

The seminars are an opportunity for you to meet academics and museum professionals, learn from the world of museums and have a close encounter with academic research in the making.

This is a non-credit research seminar class.

Art History Research Skills and Methods

  • 0 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

Art History Research Skills and Methods

  • 0 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

The Research Skills module runs through the Autumn and Spring terms, and consists of a series of formal and informal teaching sessions, seminar discussions and site visits.

The module aims to ensure that you are well equipped to develop the independent research skills necessary for the delivery of your term papers, assignments and dissertation.

These include giving formal presentations, using PowerPoint, participating in seminars, essay and dissertation writing, accessing and deploying different resources and archives, and interpretative skills relating to museum displays.

The module is more practical than theoretical and is designed to underpin your other MA modules throughout the teaching period to ensure that you are well-equipped to contribute to all your MA modules and deliver your assessed work.

It is important that you approach this module as an opportunity to ask questions about all aspects of the research process, and to provide feedback on your experiences.

You will be asked to prepare informal reports throughout the module. Some of the classes may be split into two one-hour sessions, to allow for small-group discussions. Towards the end of the term, space will be set aside for one-to-one meetings with you to discuss specific problems you have encountered in your research.

This is a non-credit research skills class.

Photography: Key Concepts

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

Photography Studies: Dissertation

  • 60 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

Activist Media Practice

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

Social movements have historically struggled to get their message reported clearly, accurately and effectively through the lens of mainstream media. This has lead to the rise of alternative media practices and strategies to break through or unsettle the corporate and state-run media systems around the world. In order to challenge hegemonic discourses, activist media seeks to circumvent and dismantle traditional media's communicative strategies either through a disruptive aesthetic or through a reconfigured mode of civic engagement. Whether through radical leaflets, pirate radio, graffiti, protest music, performance art, activist videos, political documentaries, or social media and the internet, today's media landscape has evolved into a range of complex transnational networks that can be activated by independent counter-hegemonic media practices and expressions.

This module asks you to learn about various forms of cultural resistance (through readings, screenings, lectures and discussions) in order to to formulate an effective form of activist media provocation. This piece of activist media may take the form of a video, a website, site-specific performance, series of photographs, media prank, etc. You will also be asked to write a reflective essay that contextualises the finished piece within the conceptual debates of the module.

Dreams through a Lens: Surrealist Photography in Europe and North America

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

Image and Text 1780-1880

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

Instrumental Aesthetics: Contemporary Art, Politics and Visual Culture

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

Photography: Documentary, Landscape, Politics

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

This module introduces you to a wide range of work in the documentary and landscape genres, both historical and contemporary, but with an emphasis on `conceptual documentary' and contemporary politicised landscape photography. You will also focus on the problematics of documentary and photojournalism, such as ethical issues and questions of efficacy, and the use of text and sound in documentary publications, gallery installations and websites.

The module will be taught through tutor-led discussion in seminars, and regular `group crits' of student work-in-progress in the lab. Early on in the module you will conceive and research your own idea for a photographic project, and start producing images for class viewing. The module will equip you with the necessary production & critical skills to continue working independently on your projects during the Easter vacation before the assessment deadline in early Summer.

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