Photography Studies College - Melbourne, Victoria
PSC Master of Arts Photography Commencing February 2018
Image: Untilted, from When You Took Me Away, by Jo Cripps. Shortlisted for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Master of Arts - Photography

Domestic and International applications are now open for our 18-month full-time Master of Arts - Photography program

Next intake - early February 2019

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Fee-Help is available for this program (for domestic students)

Our Master of Arts - Photography program - is the first of its kind in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region.

This program has an innovative and cutting-edge curriculum targeted at photographic practitioners from diverse backgrounds and is taught in an immersive environment, and delivered across three semesters. The program's delivery model is designed around blocks of study and ongoing, regular sessions over an 18-month period. With intensive periods of seminars, workshops, lectures and labs, the program is designed to produce results in a supportive and rigorous environment. As Master of Arts Photography students, you will be taught and supervised by Australia's leading photographers, artists, academics, curators, writers & publishers. You will also be mentored by one of our international mentors drawn from the world's leading photo agencies, galleries, and publishers.

The program

The Master of Arts - Photography is flexibly designed to embrace and adapt to change whilst providing a stable base that establishes a platform for a personal and detailed exploration of photographic culture, theory and most importantly, practice. The program creates a framework for students to produce a significant volume of practical photographic-based work with an informed approach to its production and a critical awareness of contemporary modes of presentation and distribution. 

Details of the program's content is available in the MA Photography Guide available on this page.


The MA Photography is designed to launch your career on the national and international stage. You will be taught and mentored by leaders in the field, covering a broad spectrum of practices and professional outcomes.

The program will prepare you for professional careers in photography and the broader creative arts industries including roles in multimedia, journalism, photographic publishing, curatorial and project management, academia and in teaching photography. The program is flexible enough to allow you to achieve your professional goals, and expand your practice in a supportive and world-leading environment.

Becoming a student on the MA Photography at Australia's number one photography college also means you will join a network of international photographers, publishers, curators, festival directors and writers that will enable you to take your practice onto a world stage. 

Pre-Selection Kit

All applicants will complete a Master of Arts Photography Application Form

The form will require:

  • Contact details 
  • Educational background and qualifications – certified academic transcripts and certificates (originals can be sighted at interview) About you and personal statement – a detailed description of your photographic and professional experience and why you are applying for this course (250 word min.)
  • Project proposal – details of your intended project to be undertaken during your studies. The proposal should be an achievable and feasible creative project. Your proposal should detail subject, style, approach, concept, research, and should demonstrate your current knowledge of contemporary photography and/or related media practices and contexts (max. 500 words). NB. We understand that proposals are speculative in nature, and will change over the course of your studies, and even between application and commencement of your studies. Your proposal is not a final version and is intended to be indicative only.
  • Folio – via URL or upload or email - min 20 images (or equivalent)
  • Name and contact details of two referees – referees will only be contacted with your prior further permission

International Applicants

International applicants should refer to the PSC International Student Guide for detailed information.

The application form (in addition to the above) will ask for:

  • Citizenship / Passport details
  • English language proficiency details
  • English translations of qualifications and certificates (if applicable)
  • Evidence of ability to pay tuition fees and other related study and living costs
  •   To find out more, please contact Academic Director Daniel Boetker-Smith via email or phone

Entry Requirements

For entry into the Master of Arts Photography, applicants must meet specific academic and/or professional entrance requirements. Applicants should normally possess a Bachelor with Honours or Bachelor Degree qualification or equivalent.

Applicants without formal qualifications but with significant experiential learning or professional experience in photography, visual arts, communication, media studies, fine art, art history, art theory, journalism, film, interactive arts, television, moving image or other related and diverse areas are also encouraged to apply.

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65 City Road
Southbank VIC 3006
Australia: 03 9682 3191
International: 61 3 9682 3191

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Studies College (Melbourne) is a division of Photography Holdings Pty. Ltd
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