Sep 22, 2023
Laura Heyman, Program Coordinator
102 Shaffer Art Building, 315-443-1033
Yasser Aggour, Doug DuBois, Laura Heyman, John Wesley Mannion, Susannah Sayler
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.
Studio Electives: 12 credits
Art History or related academics: 12 credits
Free Electives: 6 credits
Community, Professional and International Engagement Requirement: 3 credits
A sample list of accepted electives are listed below.
TRM 610: Literacy, Community and Media
TRM 500: Venice Biennale Intensive
TRM 600: Portfolio Moscow
FIl 500: Film Revolution Post WWII (Bologna)
FIL 600: Topics in Film Production (Bologna)
FIL 580:Master Class (Prague)
Film and Animation Production in Context: LA
Other Study Abroad programs
Independent Study (Experience Credit)
Graduate Seminar: 6 credits
Final Presentation: 3 credits
Length of Residency: 3 years
Total Credits Required: 60
Degree Awarded: MFA in Art Photography