In this program, students explore digital image-making through practice-based and process-oriented research. At the intersection of visual phenomena, new media, critical studies, and creative production, the program offers a unique blend of studio practice, and theoretical and art historical training. The MA/MFA in Photography and Image-Making focuses on new types of visual storytelling: still image, moving image, and multimedia, with a curriculum that emphasizes new media and transdisciplinary skill sets, and understands photography as a hybrid and emerging art form. The program explores digital image-making as a force, and it is designed as a practice-based and process-oriented program. Based on the intersection of visual phenomena, new media, critical studies, and creative production, the program offers a unique blend of studio practice, and theoretical and art historical training.

Students who pursue the program at Paris College of Art have the potential for connection-building while they are still in the program.At PCA, students can complete either a Masters of Art (MA) or a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Photography and Image Making. The first two semesters (fall and spring) of these programs follow a common curriculum. Then, students either go on to complete a full-time summer term to receive the MA degree or continue for two semesters of study in the following academic year (fall and spring) to receive the MFA. Students with an undergraduate background in photography and demonstrated technical skills (black & white and color photography, digital photography, lighting techniques, common software programs for editing) will be considered for admission.

The program combines technical knowledge and principles of photography and image-making research and theory. Studio classes and workshops conducted by professionals emphasize the mastery of contemporary techniques and professional practices, while theory-based and methodology courses help students develop their personal creative visions. Thanks to internships during the photo events held in Paris several times a year and ongoing partnerships between PCA and relevant Parisian institutions, students will be well prepared to enter the job market and will have started to create a professional network by the time they graduate.

Students specialize in photography and image-making, choosing to produce a final portfolio of either still or moving images, while at the same time continuing to broaden their knowledge and skills through supportive art & design courses and electives. In addition to studio and research, there is a focus on scholarship and preparation for teaching since graduates may choose to pursue a career in academia.

What are the advantages of studying in Paris?

Paris is an epicenter for emerging contemporary photography and image making, between the great photo fairs and events like Paris Photo, Fotofever, Festival Circulations, and photo venues like the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, LE BAL and the Jeu de Paume. Students will have direct access to Parisian networks and the opportunities to visit these venues regularly, participate in calls for projects and exhibitions.

For many decades, Paris has been considered as the center of avant-garde art and, without a doubt, as the hub for the new photography in Europe since the 1920’s. If the French capital became a forum for photographers from so many different countries and backgrounds, this was because it stood as a model of modernity and a beacon of economic hope in the aftermath of the First World War, but also because it was a haven of political and religious freedom for those forced into exile. Furthermore, the international dimension of both the city and Paris College of Art provide a unique platform for students who would aspire to experience an internship or work abroad.

MA Curriculum

One-year program

  • Seminar I: Portfolio Development
  • Digital Lab I: Video
  • Digital Lab II: Photo
  • Contemporary Issues I
  • Seminar I: Introduction to Research & Methodology
  • Seminar II: Portfolio Development
  • Contemporary Issues II
  • Seminar II: Intermediate Research & Methodology
  • Degree Project
  • Master's Thesis
  • Masters Electives

Electives

  • Photo 2.0
  • Time-based Photography
  • Photography as Installation
  • Concept Development: Storytelling
  • French
  • Educational Principles (MDRA)
  • Alternative Processes Image Making
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Professional Practice Workshop Series
  • French

MFA Curriculum

Year One

  • Seminar I: Portfolio Development
  • Digital Lab I: Video
  • Digital Lab II: Photo
  • Contemporary Issues I
  • Seminar I: Introduction to Research & Methodology
  • Seminar II: Portfolio Development
  • Contemporary Issues II
  • Seminar II: Intermediate Research & Methodology
  • Masters Electives

Year Two

  • Studio III: Portfolio Development
  • Digital Lab III: New Digital Media and Technology
  • Contemporary Issues III
  • Seminar III: Advanced Research & Methodology
  • Studio IV: Portfolio Development
  • Degree Project
  • Seminar IV: MFA Thesis
  • Masters Electives

Electives

  • Photo 2.0
  • Time-based Photography
  • Photography as Installation
  • Concept Development: Storytelling
  • French
  • Educational Principles (MDRA)
  • Alternative Processes Image Making
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Professional Practice Workshop Series
  • French
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 1, 2019
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