Course Comparison

MA Archival Practice FdA Professional Photography
Master of Arts - MA Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA
1 year 2 years
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Full-time, Part-time route available Full-time
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Plymouth City of Bristol College
School of Society and Culture City of Bristol College
Entry requirements

A 2:1 or first class BA (Hons) degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification) and ideally a period (minimum 30 days / 120 hours) of paid or voluntary employment in an archive or records service, or experience in a post where archive or record management is a substantial responsibility. Applicants meeting these criteria are interviewed by a practising member of the profession in the selection process.

We are very happy to help with finding a suitable pre-programme experience. If you would like to discuss options or if you have any questions about the programme or the admissions process, please contact

As we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the opportunities for pre-course placements may still be limited. If you are interested in the MA Archival Practice Programme for 2022 - 2023 and you have not been able to undertake or complete the usual duration of placement experience, please contact to discuss the situation further.

English language requirements. 

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.