MFA Photography

Graduate Student Studio

Photography faculty include:  Beate Geissler, Doug Ischar, and Silvia Malagrino

All MFA students are encouraged to fully engage in the School's interdisciplinary program and to explore the social, conceptual, and aesthetic possibilities of art practice. Students work in close conversation with faculty and their peers to create significant work in an array of media, including drawing, painting, photography, moving image, new media arts, performance, and sculpture. Seminars on the practice and theory of contemporary art are another important component to the curriculum, and students are encouraged to take courses in other Departments at the University.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements: 

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required: 64.

  • Required Courses: ART 520 Seminar in Contemporary Theory (16 hours); ART 560 Advanced Photography and Critique (16 hours); and ART 561 Advanced Photography (20 hours).

  • Electives: At least 12 hours of graduate-level electives are required. The completion of at least two courses in art history is strongly recommended.

  • Comprehensive examination: None.

  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options: Project required. No other options are available.

  • Project: All MFA candidates must present a public exhibition or showing for review. Documentation in the form of a major paper and CD or DVD of the project must be presented to the school for archival purposes.

  • Other Requirements: Continuation in the MFA program beyond the second semester requires an evaluation and recommendation of the Graduate Advisory Committee in the student's area.