The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2017. They should be used as a general guide.
We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences. For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful.
Degree and/or experience
Normally an undergraduate degree in a visual arts discipline, for example photography or fine art. Applicants who do not match this criteria but who show great potential for development in their work may also be considered.
For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing.
International students whose language skills do not match the IELTS scores set out here should consider applying for this course through the Extended Masters programme at the university's Language Institute.
When you apply please upload a digital portfolio. You may have a website you want to link to, or you may want to prepare your portfolio as a PowerPoint file or on Tumblr. Make sure there is some brief text explaining and contextualising the work so we can understand the thinking behind it. We are not interested in lots of striking single ‘images’ but want to see evidence that you can sustain an idea through the development of a body of photographic work, so we would expect the portfolio to be organised thematically. We would also normally expect to see 15-25 images.
If you come for an interview you should bring a hard-copy portfolio of prints (if this is your medium). Once again we would expect to see evidence of whole projects, and for the prints to be considered – we are interested in your attention to the medium itself, not just the virtual image. You do not need to ‘mount’ the work – bringing it along in vinyl sleeves or a portfolio box will be adequate. Think hard about the sequencing and how you are going to present the relationships between different projects as a narrative. If you have moving image work you may bring it on a memory stick or disk, but it may be best to bring your own laptop. If you work in installation, bring appropriate samples and installation shots.