University launches first of its kind degree in Scotland

The course explores possibilities of new and converging lens-based media and offers a broad practical base.

Edinburgh Napier University will launch a new postgraduate programme in Photography this September which will be the first of its kind in the country.

The new Masters of Fine Art (MFA) degree will be taught in the University’s School of Arts and Creative Industries over two years and will be led by photo-video and digital artist Lei Cox.

In addition to the MFA, a Masters of Art (MA) degree in the subject will also be offered at the university for the first time which will be a year-long course.

Both courses build upon the existing undergraduate programme in Photography.

Programme leader Lei Cox said: “The programme has been designed to accommodate the rapidly changing world of photography to give our Masters students a distinct aesthetic and technical advantage as they push the boundaries of creativity.”

Lei Cox’s work has exhibited widely and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the course.

Cox’s work has been exhibited at major world galleries including the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art, alongside curating research and international student exhibitions.

The postgraduate programme will allow students to explore the full range of artistic and commercial photography practices alongside current global critical and theoretical debates and taught modules will include photo-video imaging, creative narratives, contemporary debates in photography theory and practice, production and art direction and research as critical practice.

Year two of the MFA degree will include the opportunity to undertake an industry placement and produce a professional portfolio.

Dr David Eustace, Chancellor of the University and award-winning photographer said: “This dedicated MA and MFA in Photography will provide a platform for the next generation of photographers to hone their creative skills before embarking on a career within the industry.

“A thorough education is essential in giving photographers the best chance of succeeding in their chosen field and I welcome any addition of courses that provide more opportunity for these learnings to take place.”

The Photography programme is offered in full-time and part-time study modes. For more information on the postgraduate programme, or to apply for September 2019 entry, visit