Photography postgraduate courses

Take risks, break moulds, defy convention and chart unexpected directions. We help you forge your own identity in image-making through challenging postgraduate studies. Among the first UK universities to launch a photography degree, we offer a proud art school heritage in which you can excel.

You will hone your skills using both traditional and leading-edge equipment and software in our studio, darkroom, digital and print bureau facilities, taught by experienced professionals and motivated by industry guest speakers. Gallery visits, exhibitions and competitions bring exciting dimensions to your work, including contributing to FORMAT, the international photography festival held in Derby.

Postgraduate Photography courses

Format Festival

FORMAT is the UK’s leading international biennial festival of contemporary photography and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. It is organised and delivered in Derby as a collaboration between QUAD and the University of Derby’s Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre (DMARC).

The festival is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop, contribute and participate in the best of what photography is and can be, with comprehensive professional practice programmes and a yearly International Photography Portfolio Review.

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Why established artist Adam chose our masters

Adam Neal is making challenging and exciting work thanks to the freedom and support he receives on our Film and Photography MA.

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Masters Degree Show

Our art and design Masters courses culminate in a degree show based at our Markeaton Street site. Take a look at last year's show.

A selection of student work from the MA Degree Show
A selection of student work from the MA Degree Show
A selection of student work from the MA Degree Show

What our students say

See what some of our most recent graduates had to say ahead of their final degree show.

MA Film and Photography Exhibition video.

View what our students say video transcript

“During the second half of the part-time masters we amalgamated with the fine art students so it meant that photography students and fine art students were studying together and I really appreciated their perspective and it broadened my horizons in terms of what you can do with photography. Really difficult to sum up the last two years, but I guess for me it’s been one of growing confidence, integration, laughter, and accomplishment.”

Michele Taylor, MA Film and Photography 2018

A student developing photographs in the photography lab.

Photography Lab

The Photography lab at Markeaton Street has outstanding facilities that are the envy of many experienced professional photographers.

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Postgraduate prospectus

Explore your digital postgraduate prospectus and find out what you need to know about studying with us. When you sign up, tell us what you're interested in and we'll send you a link to information put together just for you.

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