Graduate Curriculum

Photography Program Overview - MFA

The MFA program in Photography and Related Media is a 60 credit hour, 2-year degree program culminating in a thesis exhibition in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.

We invite students with either a BFA or strong interest in the expanded field of artistic lens-based practice to join our program and critically interrogate and deepen their artistic interests and practice within a vibrant community of artists. Photography is an ever changing field with a short and tumultuous history and immense and growing relevance in today’s shifting cultural and social context. We support our students in their process of independent experimentation and artistic research as they hone their critical awareness, skills, and concept, and position themselves with their unique voice and vision in the field.

Courses balance studio work with critical dialogue around issues of photography, visual culture, and relevant topics such as social justice or environmental challenges. A series of elective courses offer students the opportunity to deepen their skills in digital imaging and printing, black & white darkroom processes, large-format view camera photography, video, or studio lighting and to realize related projects.

The courses Critical Dialogues and Graduate Seminar engage our students in critical discourse in the lively context of an interdisciplinary group of MFA students and faculty. Through involvement in this community of artists, all participants broaden their understanding of artistic approaches and develop a rich network of professional relationships.

In addition, students have ample opportunities to take course work in the liberal arts and other studio areas to inform their practice.

Internships, Residencies and Fieldwork: Students have easy access to a wide range of world-class institutions, organizations, and professionals, and are encouraged to take internships or fieldwork in the Hudson Valley as well as in New York City, which is only a 90-minute bus ride away. Such experiences beyond the University boundaries expand and deepen the students’ understanding of the field and related professional goals, and provide invaluable networking opportunities.

Our students have done internships with countless reputable commercial photographers, working photojournalists and prestigious organizations such as:

Please feel free to contact the photography faculty if you have further questions about the MFA in Photography and Related Media program:

Andrea Frank
Assistant Professor of Art

Nadia Sablin
Assistant Professor of Art