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  Nov 24, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog

Art Photography, MFA


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Contact

Laura Heyman, Department of Transmedia
102 Shaffer Art Building, 315-443-1033, lheyman@syr.edu

Faculty

Yasser Aggour, Doug DuBois, Laura Heyman, Susannah Sayler

Description

The M.F.A. program in art photography is dedicated to experimentation and exploration within a wide range of photographic and conceptual practices. This pluralistic approach to the medium gives graduate students a nuanced understanding of photography as it relates to contemporary art practices. The department does not proscribe a specific arena of investigation; students are encouraged to establish their own conceptual and visual research.  Through critiques, individual meetings, and an extensive visiting artist program, students are immersed in a challenging and dynamic learning environment.  And because the art world is increasingly professional and global, our program has created several opportunities to study overseas, including a semester-long residency in Berlin.  Within the department of Transmedia, there are several summer courses abroad, including faculty-led visits to the Venice Biennale and Moscow art-scene. 

Graduate students also benefit from the department’s close association with Light Work, a nonprofit organization on campus that sponsors an internationally renowned visiting artist program and exhibitions in the Robert B. Menschel Photography Gallery. In addition, the Department of Transmedia maintains its own gallery space for exhibitions and events organized by graduate students.  Students have access to production facilities both at Light Work and department labs, enabling students easy access to world-class digital facilities. The program also has professional lighting and camera equipment available for student use.

Student Learning Outcomes


1. Conceptualize and create original works with depth and lyricism.  Create original work that has the potential to have artist gain national reputation.  Produce a significant body of work that is gallery ready

2. Write and talk about their work in a professional manner.  They must be able to demonstrate historical /and or theoretical context for their work.  In addition they must be able to distill central ideas to their work in 250 words, 500 words, and 2000 words.  In addition, students must make an oral presentation of their work and be able to field questions from a review committee

Program Requirements


Major Studio: 24 credits


Studio Electives: 12 credits


Art History or related academics: 12 credits


Free Electives: 6 credits


Graduate Seminar: 3 credits


Final Presentation: 3 credits


Length of Residency: 3 years


Total Credits Required: 60


Degree Awarded: MFA in Art Photography


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