Program Overview

This three-year MFA program provides a critical and conceptual grounding for students as they independently pursue their studio practice across disciplines including mixed media, video, digital, installation, performance, and conventional photographic print media.

Critical theory is stressed while critique forms the basis for dialogue about ongoing work. Students are encouraged to look beyond established photographic conventions and to push their work in new directions.

The Visiting Artist Series provides an opportunity for students to receive feedback from established photographers. Previous visiting artists include Steffani Jemison, Marilyn Minter, Paul Sepuya, Jess Dugan and Daniel Shea (there are too many to list here). Guest critics and guest artists are invited to final critiques to supplement the expertise of the faculty.

Students work in a teaching assistantship to gain real-world experience in a highly competitive academic career.

The first two years of the program focus on coursework including interdisciplinary seminars and electives,  art history, and studio practice. The third year allows intensive focus on thesis work that will culminate in a solo show, and opportunities to participate in art fairs and group exhibitions.