The newly-established MA Photography programme at UWE – commencing in September 2017 – explores photography from an expansive range of contemporary, creative, expressive, critical and intellectual perspectives.  Our aim is to develop a new generation of leading, dynamic, ambitious, innovative and informed photographic practitioners – as well as a vibrant, active and supportive community – who are working at the highest artistic and professional levels.  We are committed to contributing to, challenging and advancing the photographic medium, as well as the dialogues that revolve around it, through an intensive focus on creative experimentation, cutting-edge production and considered critical engagement.
     The course is offered as a full-time (15-month) or part-time (24-month) option, allowing students to fully research, develop and disseminate a substantial long-term photographic project(s) whilst also exploring and defining its aesthetic, conceptual, theoretical and critical foundations.  The tuition will consist of formally-structured lectures, seminars, workshops, masterclasses, critiques, field-trips, tutorials, professional development, independent practice-led study and a student-led Collective (which will be supported in producing self-initiated projects – publications, exhibitions, events, portfolio reviews, festivals and otherwise), as well as a dedicated series of Guest Lectures/Tutorials and a bespoke Mentorship Scheme, which will provide students with opportunities to build extended, one-on-one relationships with some of today’s most important and influential practitioners and industry professionals, throughout the course of their studies and beyond.

     The programme is located at UWE’s City Campus in central Bristol, which stretches across a combination of University sites and partnerships with some of Bristol’s most important creative and cultural organisations, including:

  • Arnolfini – one of Europe’s leading galleries for contemporary art

  • Spike Island – an international development centre for contemporary art and design

  • Watershed – the South West’s leading film culture and digital media centre

  • Bower Ashton Studios – UWE’s administrative, academic and physical resources hub for the creative disciplines (set in the stunning grounds of the 11thC. Ashton Court Estate.)

     Students will have access to the University’s dedicated stock of professional-standard DSLR, medium- and large-format cameras, as well as lenses, lighting kits and other professional photographic equipment. UWE’s ever-expanding photographic facilities – which include traditional black-and-white and colour darkrooms and processing facilities, digital production, scanning and printing facilities, and newly-built state-of-the-art studios, as well as the University’s Centre for Fine Print Research, Centre for Moving Image Research, Digital Cultures Research Centre, Photography Research Group and more – will offer students the opportunity to explore photography in both analogue and digital formats, to make work in both the studio and the world at large, and to produce and contextualize their work within the gallery, the book, print media, moving image, installation, performance, digital and web-based platforms and otherwise.  Additionally, the course will contribute to and collaborate closely with Bristol’s thriving photography scene – which includes organisations such as IC-Visual Lab, Photobook Bristol, Martin Parr Foundation, RRB Photobooks and more – as well as engage with those in London, and the greater international photography community.

     The course is designed for students who have a confident command of photographic technique, and a general foundation in the medium’s visual and critical histories.  We welcome applications from those who have pursued photo-specific undergraduate programmes, as well as from a wider range of related academic, creative and professional backgrounds.  Ultimately, we seek ambitious students who are passionate about and deeply invested in both photography and their own photographic practice; who want to focus on a specific long-term project(s) as well as on their overall creative voice, critical faculties and professional network; and who are committed to enhancing these through rigorous artistic experimentation, intellectual curiosity, and both practical and critical engagement with the various histories, photographic contexts, concepts, communities technologies, theoretical approaches and professional networks. 


Course Leaders:

AARON SCHUMAN – is an American artist, writer, editor and curator based in the United Kingdom.  Schuman’s photographic work has been exhibited and published internationally - at venues such as Hauser & Wirth Somerset, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), and Tate Modern – and is held in numerous public and private collections. He is the author of FOLK (NB Books, 2016), and has contributed texts to a number of recent books including Alec Soth: Gathered Leaves (MACK, 2015), Vision Anew (University of California Press, 2015), The Photographer’s Playbook (Aperture, 2014), and Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals (Prestel, 2014), amongst many others; he also regularly writes for magazines such as Frieze, ApertureFoamTIMEHotshoe, The British Journal of Photography and more.  Additionally, Schuman has curated several major exhibitions, including Indivisible: New American Documents (FOMU Antwerp, 2016), Mixtape (Riga Photomonth, 2016), In Appropriation (Houston Center of Photography, 2012), Other I: Alec Soth, WassinkLundgren, Viviane Sassen (Hotshoe London, 2011), and Whatever Was Splendid: New American Photographs (FotoFest, 2010).  In 2014, Schuman served as Curator of Krakow Photomonth 2014 – entitled Re:Search, the main programme featured major exhibitions by Taryn Simon, Trevor Paglen, Jason Fulford, Clare Strand, Walker Evans / David Campany, Eyal Weizman and others.  Schuman is a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of the West of England (UWE), and is the founder and editor of SeeSaw Magazine.   For more information, please visit:


ANGUS FRASER – is an international award-winning photographer who work has been exhibited, published and celebrated internationally. His book, Santa Muerte (Trolley Books / The Photographers’ Gallery, 2015) – a documentary portrayal of a Mexican saint considered by her devotees to be the true representation of Death – won the inaugural Bar Tur Photobook Award in 2015, and his work has received numerous awards, from the likes of the National Portrait Gallery, Arles Photography Festival, the Royal Academy of Arts, the International Photography Awards, and Center, Santa Fe. Fraser began his career in the advertising/commercial sector of photography, working for numerous clients, ad/design agencies and editorial publications.  Since 2009, his practice has been research-led, with his current primary area of interest based on photography's relationship to Death - both historically and culturally - and how death is now portrayed contemporarily through the photographic medium.  Fraser is a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of the West of England.  For more information, please visit:


Additional Staff:

Jim Campbell: Programme Leader – Photography
Dr. Shawn Sobers: Associate Professor – Lens Media
Liz Banks: Senior Lecturer – Photography, Film & Moving Image
Nick Bright: Senior Lecturer – Photography
Amanda Harman: Associate Lecturer – Photography

Technical Staff:

Frank Menger: Area Coordinator – Photography
George Wood: Technical Instructor – Photography
Samantha Rogers: Technical Instructor – Photography
Kathy Foote: Technical Instructor – Photography
John House: Technical Instructor – Photography



The course fees for students beginning in September 2017 are as follows:

UK/EU Students – Full-Time & Part-Time       (for the full 15/24 months)            £6000  
International Students – Full-Time & Part-Time    (for the full 15/24 months)      £11750

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