The master of a fine arts program in imaging arts- Photography emphasizes a broad interpretation of photography as a conceptual art form, with the intention of inspiring and nurturing the individuality of each student as a creative, productive person. The program encourages graduate study in photography and related media as a means to personal, aesthetic, intellectual, and career development.
The MFA curriculum provides a flexible pattern of study that is continually sensitive to the needs of each student, building upon the strengths each individual brings to the program. Successful completion of the program enables a student to seek careers in education, museum or gallery work, or as a self-employed professional.
This concentration provides students with the opportunity to pursue a rigorous course of study in photography and related media. It incorporates the study of practice, history, and criticism, from the beginnings of photography to present-day digital, moving image, new media, experimental techniques, and aesthetics. Students engage in discursive studies, extensive research, and experimental learning in a content-rich environment. Parallel courses in art and related areas complement core classes.
Elective courses are available in animation, video, multimedia, film, printmaking, painting, sculpture, communication design, crafts, bookmaking, typography, color photography, new media, studio photography, advertising photography, computer graphics, art history, and archival preservation and conservation. There also are opportunities for independent studies and internships.
Students with a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university are eligible for admission, provided they present a portfolio of work that demonstrates their skills, visual sophistication, and aesthetic awareness. Acceptance depends on the strength of portfolios as judged by the graduate faculty, past academic performance, letters of recommendation and personal statements of purpose.
There are no examination requirements (e.g., GRE) for admission to this MFA program. Personal interviews are encouraged but not required. Applicants who are capable of graduate-level academic work, as well as artistic visual expression, and who demonstrate an interest in the exploration of new artistic ideas and experiences will be recommended.
Students who are evaluated to have MFA potential but require additional study in preparation for graduate courses will be advised to take necessary coursework either prior to entrance or during their first year of study.
To apply for admission, students must submit an official transcript of their undergraduate degree, an acceptable portfolio, a minimum of three letters of reference, and a statement of purpose detailing what attributes they bring to graduate study, including expectations and professional goals they wish to achieve. All correspondence concerning applications or catalogs should be addressed to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services. Students interested in the program should have their application process complete by January 15.
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