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Master of Fine Arts in Photography

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2025


University of Canterbury


The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) provides a development opportunity for students who have an interest in establishing themselves as professional artists or scholars, or career designers, filmmakers, or photographers. This Master's encourages participants to explore the latest trends, develop their own ideas, and build their confidence in the public realm.

UC offers the MFA in Photography

Fine Arts provides opportunities to gain valuable exhibition experience through an ongoing professional relationship with Te Puna o Waiwhet? | Christchurch Art Gallery. There is also an artist-in-residence programme, and our campus enjoys a busy schedule of visiting international artists who share their expertise with postgraduate students.

On-campus facilities include ample studio space, well-equipped workshops, digital labs, darkrooms, and extensive film and video facilities. In addition there is an on-site gallery, and one of the country's top fine arts collections.

A number of scholarships and awards are on offer for talented students.


Postgraduate Fine Arts study at UC exposes you to many facets of the art world outside of university. It helps to build an artist's confidence, and preparation for the exciting and open-ended career of a professional artist.

Entry criteria

You will need to have completed:

a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, or an equivalent degree with good grades in relevant subjects; or
significant professional practice or teaching experience.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

IELTS (Academic): An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing, and listening.
PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Applications after the deadline date (8 December) will be considered if places are available.

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