2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art Photography, MFA

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Laura Heyman, Program Coordinator
102 Shaffer Art Building, 315-443-1033
Yasser Aggour, Director of Graduate Studies
102 Shaffer Art Building, 315-443-1033


Yasser Aggour, Doug DuBois, Laura Heyman, Susannah Sayler


The M.F.A. program in art photography is dedicated to experimentation and exploration within a wide range of photographic and conceptual practices. This pluralistic approach to the medium gives graduate students a nuanced understanding of photography as it relates to contemporary art practices. The department does not proscribe a specific arena of investigation; students are encouraged to establish their own conceptual and visual research.  Through critiques, individual meetings, and an extensive visiting artist program, students are immersed in a challenging and dynamic learning environment.  And because the art world is increasingly professional and global, our program has created several opportunities to study overseas, including a semester-long residency in Berlin.  Within the Department of Film and Media Arts, there are several summer courses abroad, including faculty-led visits to the Venice Biennale and Moscow art-scene. 

Graduate students also benefit from the department’s close association with Light Work, a nonprofit organization on campus that sponsors an internationally renowned visiting artist program and exhibitions in the Robert B. Menschel Photography Gallery. In addition, the Department of Film and Media Arts maintains its own gallery space for exhibitions and events organized by graduate students.  Students have access to production facilities both at Light Work and department labs, enabling students easy access to world-class digital facilities. The program also has professional lighting and camera equipment available for student use.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Conceptualize and create original works with depth and lyricism.  Create original work that has the potential to have artist gain national reputation.  Produce a significant body of work that is gallery ready

2. Write and talk about their work in a professional manner. They must be able to demonstrate historical and/or theoretical context for their work.  In addition, they must be able to distill central ideas to their work in 250 words, 500 words, and 2000 words.  In addition, students must make an oral presentation of their work and be able to field questions from a review committee.

Program Requirements

Major Studio: 18 credits

Studio Electives: 12 credits

Art History or related academics: 12 credits

Free Electives: 6 credits

Community, Professional and International Engagement Requirement: 3 credits

A sample list of accepted electives are listed below.

TRM 610: Literacy, Community and Media

TRM 500: Venice Biennale Intensive

TRM 600: Portfolio Moscow

FIl 500: Film Revolution Post WWII (Bologna)

FIL 600: Topics in Film Production (Bologna)

FIL 580:Master Class (Prague)

Berlin Residency

Film and Animation Production in Context: LA

Other Study Abroad programs

Independent Study (Experience Credit)

Final Presentation: 3 credits

Length of Residency: 3 years

Total Credits Required: 60

Degree Awarded: MFA in Art Photography

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