The Photography curricula merge new and traditional techniques in the context of the critical concerns of contemporary art practice. Students explore a full array of conventional and experimental processes through coursework and independent study in darkrooms and studios available for work in black and white, color, large format, non-silver, studio, and digital photography.
The MFA concentration in Photography is 3-year program comprised of intensive critical investigation of the medium. The emphasis is on experimentation and research in contemporary lens-based art practices that inform individual creative and intellectual objectives.
Graduate students in photography receive private studio spaces and have access to analog, digital, and hybrid means of creating images. In the final year, MFA students present a Capstone project in a solo exhibition, along with a well-researched paper that supports the exhibited work. Graduate students work with a four or five person committee comprised of multi-disciplinary art faculty who meet for regular critiques, as well engaging in as self-directed independent studio work. Formal and informal reviews with area faculty are held as the need arises.
Qualified students may be eligible for Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA), which provide financial support as well as valuable experience for future employment.
Facilities & Equipment
The facilities and resources associated with the Photography are include, but are limited to: lighting studio (Elinchrom light system), Traditional wet darkroom w/15 enlargers, Wet Collodion and Alternative Processes Equipment and Facilities, Film loading room, Multi-purpose classroom, digital printing labs that include the Adobe Suite; access to Medium and Large Format Cameras (120mm, 4 x 5, 8 x 10), Wet Scanning Equipment.. ft. of senior studio space. Recent renovations have ensured that all workspaces are adequately ventilated to ensure a safe and functional environment for our students.