Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program

A student may apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) major in Photography after taking required Foundation courses, one basic photography course and at least two intermediate level courses. Applications must consist of a portfolio and a written statement, which are submitted shortly after midterm each semester. Accepted students must take all of the required photography courses and meet all departmental and college requirements.

After completing almost all photography courses,  BFA students apply for admission to Senior Studio I. This application procedure is comprised ofa written proposal supported by related examples of work. In their final two semesters, BFA students take Senior Studio I and Senior Studio II. The Senior Studio projects are presented in an exhibition on campus at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.

For the completion of the degree, students are required to document their thesis work and to write a paper elucidating their ideas.

MFA Degree Program

Prospective graduate students are encouraged to visit the SUNY New Paltz Photography program, to tour our facilities, and meet faculty and students.

Please call 845-257-2786 or e-mail either Andrea Frank ( or Nadia Sablin ( to make an appointment.

Learn more about the Photography & Related Media MFA application process on the Master of Fine Arts website.

Funding: Situated within an Art Department with nationally and internationally known faculty, SUNY New Paltz’s graduate program is considered one of the best, most affordable, high-quality programs on the East Coast. All non-resident and international students receive our MFA scholarship allowing them to pay our low in-state tuition rates of approximately $11,000 per year. A number of competitive graduate teaching assistantships are available that offer students approximately $5,000 a semester in combined tuition waivers and stipends. The Sojourner Truth Diversity Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who meet specific diversity criteria. Numerous research and travel grants are also available. The MFA program attracts a highly diverse and international population of graduate applicants.

For financial information, please see the Office of Student Accounts Tuition and Fees page.

Learn more about the affordability of the MFA in Photography & Related Media.