Programme details

  • Next start date: Sep 2022
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Fee: £25,000

This course is subject to validation.

This course is developed in collaboration with Spéos – a leading photography institution in Paris. 

Become an innovative and entrepreneurial photography professional with an understanding of how to apply your creative and technical skills in commercial contexts. 

This programme focuses on bridging the gap between art and commerce in the fast-moving discipline of photography. Learning a broad range of approaches, you’ll be encouraged to develop your own individual viewpoint: your signature style, personal brand and business niche. 

Advancing your technical knowledge and skills, as well as your entrepreneurial practices, will be fundamental to your studies. You’ll learn how to build your brand, collaborate with others and promote and present your work globally. 

Study in both London and Paris. This course is jointly delivered by partner organisations Regent’s University London and Spéos. Both institutions will offer you exposure to valuable industry contacts and the opportunity to study within a truly international student body. 

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You’ll learn from academics, professional photographers, production experts and prominent industry leaders, honing your skills while examining current industry practices.

Plus, you’ll have the chance to take part in a field trip to a European cultural centre, showcase your work in fairs and exhibitions and hone your presentation skills for different audiences.  

Upon graduating, you’ll have become a confident, creative and critical photographer, with an understanding of your audience and environment. You’ll have built a brand and developed an individual photographic approach – ready to launch your career as a professional photographer and show your professional portfolio to clients around the world.

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Core modules

Module Title Overview
Personal Photographic Practice This module starts off your individual journey of photography studies at postgraduate level. It sharpens your focus by teaching you how to critically reflect on your work and improve your contextual understanding and industry analysis. You’ll collaborate with peers from a range of photographic disciplines to improve your teamwork and optimise your approach to image creation by exploring new technology and digital programmes. 20 credit points.
Evolution of Photography You’ll explore a variety of historic periods in this module, gaining an understanding of how the photographic medium has developed since its inception and how key cultural and societal changes have shaped its existence and evolution. Based on analysis, you’ll apply theory to your own practical work, influencing your emerging signature style. 10 credit points.
Advancing Photographic Skills In this module, you’ll learn to advance your photographic and digital programming skills across a broad range of applications. You'll gain a comprehensive overview of creative programmes while refining new, cutting-edge techniques and enriching your portfolio with industry-standard production values – giving you the advanced skills needed to stand out amongst your competition. 10 credit points.
Building Your Personal Brand This module will further your understanding of building your brand and promoting your photographic work to relevant audiences and clients around the world. Explore both online and offline channels as you learn how to shape your product and bring it to market. 10 credit points.
Process, Production and Presentation In this module, you’ll produce and present your original work for a public photography showcase. Working collaboratively, you’ll create a collection of images to a set brief, while exploring the mastery of printmaking. 20 credit points.
Contemporary Issues This module looks at today’s critical discussion of photography in an academic context. You’ll research contemporary transformations and adaptations and explore how photographers push boundaries, critically analysing as you go. The discussions you explore will challenge and inform your practical work. 10 credit points.
Specialist Photographic Skills This module develops your photographic and digital skills with a focus on your personal specialisms and interests – teaching you how to apply new, cutting-edge technology to your work. Collaborative projects and applied industry briefs will also help you to refine your confident handling of a range of projects. 20 credit points.
Photographic Enterprise In this module, you’ll learn how to understand and master the art of financial enterprise and success in your chosen discipline. You’ll refine your brand, USPs and portfolio – and build a business proposal around it, creating a plan that outlines your strategy and your path to financial success. 20 credit points.
Major Project The Major Project is the culmination of your master’s studies. This is your chance to show your developed approach to photography in relation to industry application. Your refined, conceptual thinking and advanced skills will allow you to finalise a series of photographic works for public showcase – expressing your artistic value as well as commercial maturity. You’ll aim to get public recognition, helping you to transition into a work environment. 40 credit points.

Elective modules

Module Title Overview
Expanded Photography The discovery of innovative and progressive approaches to photography forms the core of this module. You’ll be actively challenging the status quo of what we know and understand about photography, and how it’s applied to a range of media and publication channels. The expanded understanding of the photographic practice will question your personal approach to image-making and how it is perceived by different audiences. 10 credit points.
Regent's Connect (languages) Regent’s Connect is a portfolio of language and cultural elective modules available to all students at Regent’s. It provides you with an opportunity to learn a language and gain a range of valuable life skills including cultural sensitivity, self-awareness, confidence and the ability to communicate across borders – a skill that’s extremely useful in an increasingly interconnected world. You can choose from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Business English. 10-12 credit points.
Additional elective

We offer a variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies. For more information, please visit our scholarships and funding page

Modes of teaching 

We offer a high level of practical learning, both on and off campus, where you’ll engage in exciting learning experiences that encourage collaboration and self-expression through studio practice, workshops, laboratory work, guest lectures, seminars and personal tutorials. 

You’ll have the opportunity to attend events and exhibitions – both on and off campus – and meet with industry players (Canon, Nikon, Leica), to build your professional network. Plus, you’ll have the chance to travel to museums in both the UK and France (for example, the Niépce House Museum in Burgundy, owned by Spéos). 

Living in London, you’ll be able to take advantage of some of the world's most renowned galleries, libraries, museums and photo festivals. Working in such a culturally rich city, you’ll grow both personally and professionally. 

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Contact hours & workload

Contact hours:  

  • 10/12 credit modules – 36 hours 
  • 20 credit modules – 60 hours 
  • 40 credit modules – 120 hours 

During this full-time programme students will be studying at both Regent's and Spéos studios in London.

Teaching locations

You'll be taught across two campuses in London: 

  • Regent's University London – Regent's Park
  • Spéos London – Camberwell

This programme also gives you the opportunity to take part in study trips to Paris and Burgundy. 

Teaching staff 

You'll be taught by a mix of academics, photographers and production experts – ensuring your classes are shaped by the most current industry practices. 

Benefit from regular guest lectures by professional photographers who’ll discuss theories, offer tips and share their experiences of working in different sectors – from news and documentary, to fashion and film. 

Plus, we have collaborations with prestigious photography partnerships such as Magnum Photos (Paris and London) and Polka (in France) – both of which hold workshops and masterclasses for students. We also have links with the likes of Profoto, Elinchrom, Manfrotto & Vitec PLV, Canon Europe, XP distribution, ARRI and Sony. 

Our small, interactive classes ensure you’ll have a high level of contact with your teachers – enabling you to develop your own personal style and find your niche within a highly competitive market. Your academics will include:  

  • Jochen Braun 
  • Yaron Lapid 
  • Deborah Schultz 
  • Mark Chilvers 
  • Juliana Manara

Assessment

Your skills and knowledge will be assessed through coursework alone, including practical and group work, pitches, production and promotional plans and written analyses on aspects of the industry.

Disability support 

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism, mobility difficulties and temporary or chronic health conditions. Please speak with our Disability team as early as you can, to enable us to support you. 

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Minimum entry requirements for Level 7 students

One of the following qualifications:

  • Minimum second class UK undergraduate degree
  • Equivalent international qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University
  • Exceptional entry will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by academic referral only based on:
    - An undergraduate degree lower than 2:2 plus one year of relevant work experience
    - No undergraduate degree but three years of relevant work experience

Compulsory documents to submit 

All applicants should provide the following for review: 

  • a 1000-word personal statement outlining their reasons for applying, and how their previous experience is relevant to the programme they are applying for
  • their CV 
  • a portfolio that includes 10-15 images of personal and/or professional work. These can be any size or shape and include work from either previous study or personal images that you feel reflect your photography style. The subject matter can be a combination of individual pieces or series of images – importantly, they should reflect your personality as a photographer and the types of photography you are interested in developing.

Exceptional entry

We also welcome applications from candidates who do not meet the essential entry criteria outlined above. In order to be accepted for exceptional entry, you must:

  • Hold a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • Provide a 1000-word personal statement outlining your reasons for applying, and how your previous experience is of relevance to the programme you are applying for
  • Provide a CV and portfolio
  • Be prepared to attend an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Panel

English Language requirements 

English is our language of instruction and we require proof of your English proficiency. You can demonstrate your English proficiency with: 

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with 5.5 or above in all 4 component parts
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80 (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 in A1 or A2 English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Regent's English Proficiency Test (REPT)

We provide an online English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Proficiency Test (REPT). This test must be booked in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. The REPT test is currently free of charge.

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This course will equip you with the skills needed for a career as a photographer, with a deep understanding of how to apply your skills creatively in commercial contexts. You'll also gain the knowledge to undertake a range of other creative roles, including: 

Freelance photographers – the majority of photography graduates intend to become freelance photographers or entrepreneurs (working in editorial, commercial, fine art, portrait, news or documentary), with the aim of starting a photography enterprise. 

Salaried positions – if you have previous training and experience in graphic design, cinematography, motion design, communications, journalism, marketing, PR or other creative professions, you could be well-placed for a salaried position that combines your skillsets. These include social media, graphic design, post-production, etc. If you have previous experience in sales, you could also move into creative management – for example, as a model booker or marketing manager. 

Art direction, set design or image styling – if you’re also skilled in art direction, set design, image styling or creative direction, you could use your skills in larger agencies, publishing houses or magazines. You could even move into cinema or TV production. 

Or, if you’d like to continue your education, you could take a further course in art, design, fashion, communications, marketing, PR, film or CGI, to expand your skillset. Occasionally graduates elect to pursue a career in education. 

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