Course Comparison

Course MFA Photographic Arts BA (Hons) Architecture
Award Master of Fine Art - MFA Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons)
Duration 2 years 3 years
Course type Part-time Full-time
Placement - -
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Art, Design and Architecture School of Art, Design and Architecture
Entry requirements

UK / EU

For an MA progressing to an MFA, you will normally need a 2:1 degree or above in photography or a relevant subject. Appropriate professional experience or prior experiential learning will also be assessed on an individual basis. If you have an honours degree in other disciplines, you are welcome to apply with proposals that demonstrate an innovative approach to the use of your practice, in a critical context, within the field of your own specialism in relation to photography. 

You will be required to attend an interview, bringing a portfolio of work. This could cover evidence from a broad range of experience, including photographic projects, curatorial projects, or a collection of examples of the practice of writing. You will also need to write a 500-1,000 word MA project proposal to accompany your application form.

Accredited Prior Learning (APL) will not normally be considered as the MA programme is designed as a coherent whole.

INTERNATIONAL

If you are an overseas applicant you will be required to attend an interview with a portfolio – a Skype interview and electronic portfolio are possible.

You can check the compatibility of your qualifications with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

English language requirements.

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5. 

For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office.

A level
A minimum of 2 A levels, General Studies accepted. 

International Baccalaureate
32 points.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
DDM (Distinction Distinction Merit).

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All access courses
Pass a named Access to Higher Education Diploma with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction.

GCSE
Five passes including Mathematics and English Language grade C.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

You will be required to submit a digital portfolio showing sufficient competence in arts/design. Get some advice on how to create and submit your portfolio.

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.