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b24 months (part-time)
££6,000 (£5,500 for HCA Graduates who have completed undergraduate course at HCA within the last 2 years)
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MA Photography, Landscape & the Environment is no longer taking applicants.

We are currently redesigning the course for 2023, if you have any questions or would still like to apply, please get in touch with our team.


At a time when our relationship with the world around us needs more urgent attention than ever before, this unique practice-led course focuses on landscape and environment, and current cultural, political and ideological forces at play around them. It encourages students to explore, research and communicate in innovative and diverse ways through the medium of photography.

You will meet contemporary artists, campaigners and scientists engaged in current environmental research, thinking, art and activism. You will develop your own voice based on your views and experience of the landscape.

In this new and contemporary course students will be able to choose their genre of practice from Documentary to Landscape and Fine Art and may work in installation, mixed media, moving image and traditional processes. The synthesis of theory and practice will foster innovative approaches and advance your professional expertise.

You will learn through a dynamic mixed delivery model of online, on campus and on location, giving you great flexibility to pursue personal pathways across a two-year part time schedule. Our MA gives you the opportunity to tailor your studies around other commitments, and move your life and work forward to reshape your future.


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This Key Information document gives you a summary of the core characteristics of the Photography, Landscape & Environment MA at HCA.

Whether you have a degree in Fine Art, Photography, Art & Design or Media or are turning to this field from previous degree level work outside the creative arts, we are looking for students who have a passion for our world and different kinds of landscape, a hunger for critical enquiry and an ambition to communicate with power and subtlety through photography.

Seminars and tutorials will challenge and support you to broaden and develop your practice. Advanced practical workshops such as digital production, video and sound, alternative processes and lighting techniques will develop your professional skills and employability.

The course will utilise on-line, campus and optional residential trip-based teaching and learning, to combine the convenience of working from a place of your choice, with the real and transformative experience of working with and around other people. The two-year part time format also allows for deep engagement with place across a period or for a repeated seasonal focus.

  • Flexible blend of online and campus-based teaching.
  • Access to a range of expert artists and tutors
  • Students encouraged to develop innovate approaches through the synthesis of theory and practice.
  • Small group numbers to provide highly personalised levels of supervision and support.
  • The community and network of engaged and stimulating peers across the creative disciplines within a specialist arts school.
  • HCA’s location within reach of a host of different inspirational landscape.

The world of photography is evolving all the time, and we have speakers and lecturers who are current practitioners and connected to the industry.

Students will be well equipped to operate successfully as professional practitioners in their chosen specialist field, or may consider continuing in education via teaching or PHD study or further research.

  • Applicants should have an personal understanding of their particular discipline and be able to demonstrate their ability to sustain research at MA level.
  • Applicants should be (or about to become) graduates. Preference will be given to good honours graduates although exceptional applicants from a non-academic background will also be considered.
  • Professional makers, designers, photographers, craftspeople and fine artists who wish to reposition their practice may also qualify.
  • Applicants should submit a short proposal of up to 500 words, detailing why they are applying to the programme of study, supported by a portfolio of current practice, which will form the basis of discussion within the interview.