Photography Department chair and Associate Dean for graduate studies, Klaus Fruchtnis answers some important questions about the upcoming Master’s in Photography and Image-making. If you’re interested in applying for the program, the following interview is well worth a read.
How is this program cutting edge in contrast to other MA/MFA programs?
It really promotes practice-based learning and focuses on new types of visual storytelling and image-making including, for exampl, still image, moving image, and multimedia. The curriculum also explores new media and transdisciplinary skills, something quite “in vogue” in the academic field today. It also looks into digital image-making. There’s a real mix of studio practice and theoretical/art history training. To top this all off, students have ample opportunities to expand their professional network whilst on the program.
Do I need to have studied a specific undergraduate course in order to apply?
We want to have a diverse group of students on the program. Obviously we want candidates from backgrounds in fine art, printmaking and photography to apply, however, we also want to encourage candidates from other academic backgrounds, who can demonstrate strong technical skills (black & white and color photography, digital photography, lighting techniques, editing on common software) to consider themselves eligible to apply.
How can I know if the program is right for me?
If you’re interested in combining the technical knowledge and principles of photography and image-making with theory and academia, then this is the perfect program for you.
What are the advantages of studying in Paris?
Paris is an epicenter for emerging contemporary photography and image-making. It hosts prestigious photography events such as Paris Photo, Foto Fever, Festival Circulations and is home to photo venues such as la Maison Européenne de la Photographie, LE BAL and the Jeu de Paume. Students have direct access to this network and will visit these venues regularly, participating in calls for projects and exhibitions.
What kind of work will I be expected to complete?
- Write a thesis – you will need to demonstrate the ability to include visual references and textual evidence within a body of written work
- Research and work in studios
- Produce quality artwork that is technically, aesthetically and conceptually at a professional level
- Explore a variety of digital technologies to create different narrative forms
- Manage grant processes: identify private and public funding opportunities, develop a consistent and workable program plan, write clearly defined goals and objectives, prepare a complete program budget in a grant format
- Prepare art residency and exhibition proposals
- Respond to professional and public art commissions
What are the expected career prospects for Photography and Image-making graduates?
You will of course acquire specific knowledge and skills in Photography and Image-making, but also in fine art, commercial photography, video and multimedia production, editing, university level education, web design, curating, as well as museum & gallery management.
Students are given the opportunity to expand their network with professionals (e.g. museums, galleries, industry, etc.) through meeting with guest speakers and alumni, undergoing monthly portfolio reviews and having access to our Careers office. The first year also provides an excellent preparation for a higher level research degree.