Photography & Image-making

Master of Arts /
Master of Fine Arts
in Photography & Image-making

In this program, students explore digital image-making through practice-based and process-oriented research. At the intersection of visual phenomena, new media, critical studies, and creative production, the program offers a unique blend of studio practice, and theoretical and art historical training.

The MA/MFA in Photography and Image-making focuses on new types of visual storytelling: still image, moving image, and multimedia, with a curriculum that emphasizes new media and transdisciplinary skill sets, and understands photography as a hybrid and emerging art form. The program explores digital image-making as a force and it is designed as a practice-based and process-oriented program. Based on the intersection of visual phenomena, new media, critical studies, and creative production, the program offers a unique blend of studio practice, and theoretical and art historical training. Students who pursue the program at Paris College of Art have the potential for connection-building while they are still in the program.

At PCA, students can complete either a Masters of Art (MA) or a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Photography and Image Making. The first two semesters (fall and spring) of these programs follow a common curriculum. MFA students continue for two semesters of study in the following academic year (fall and spring) to receive the MFA degree.

Students with an undergraduate background in photography and demonstrated technical skills (black & white and color photography, digital photography, lighting techniques, common software programs for editing) will be considered for admission.

The program combines technical knowledge and principles of photography and image-making research and theory. Studio classes and workshops conducted by professionals emphasize the mastery of contemporary techniques and professional practices, while theory-based and methodology courses help students develop their personal creative visions. Thanks to internships during the photo events held in Paris several times a year and ongoing partnerships between PCA and relevant Parisian institutions, students will be well prepared to enter the job market and will have started to create a professional network by the time they graduate.

Students specialize in photography and image-making, choosing to produce a final portfolio of either still or moving images, while at the same time continuing to broaden their knowledge and skills through supportive art & design courses and electives. In addition to studio and research, there is a focus on scholarship and preparation for teaching since graduates may choose to pursue a career in academia.

Faculty

Klaus Fruchtnis

Klaus Fruchtnis

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Bogart, Tara

Tara Bogart

Adjunct Faculty and Photography Lab Technician
Audrey Bartis

Audrey Bartis

Adjunct Faculty
stevebisson

Steve Bisson

Adjunct Faculty
Boatright, Ryan

Ryan Boatright

Adjunct Faculty
Julien Faure-Conorton

Julien Faure-Conorton

Adjunct Faculty
Emilia Genuardi

Emilia Genuardi

Adjunct Faculty
John Fleetwood Pic by Doctor Moyo

John Fleetwood

Adjunct Faculty
Marques Hardin

Marques Hardin

Adjunct Faculty
Lisanne van Happen

Lisanne van Happen

Adjunct Faculty
Harald Hutter

Harald Hutter

Interim Chair of Film Arts
Linda Jarvin copy

Linda Jarvin

Chief Academic Officer
Soliman Lopez

Solimán López

Adjunct Faculty
Laurent_Pernot

Laurent Pernot

Adjunct Faculty
Martin Phelps

Martin Phelps

Adjunct Faculty
Ronald Reyes Sevilla

Ronald Reyes Sevilla

Adjunct Faculty
Lisa Salamandra

Lisa Salamandra

Adjunct Faculty
SofijaSilvia

SofijaSilvia

Adjunct Faculty
Salvatore Vitale

Salvatore Vitale

Adjunct Faculty
Rachael Woodson

Rachael Woodson

Adjunct Faculty
Keithley P. Woolward

Keithley P. Woolward

Adjunct Faculty
Zin Taylor

Zin Taylor

Adjunct Faculty

MA Curriculum

Credits

One-year program

fall

Contemporary Issues I

Code
MPIM 0503
Description

This course explores a variety of critical aesthetic and practical issues relevant to today’s expressive photographer. This class includes readings, critiques, and discussions examining critical theory in the digital age. It examines specific models and matrixes that define current trends. Topics will include: print/online photography, socially engaged art/photography, photography/installation/art and social/documentary practice. This course will explore the relationships between concept, process and transmission have expanded dramatically with the introduction of digital media techniques.

Seminar I: Portfolio Development

Code
MPIM 0501
Description

This course serves as a critical and technical exploration of the language and theory of Photography and Image-Making. Students develop their own individual identities as professionals working with still and moving images, placing their work within conceptual and historical contexts. Independent and personalized readings and research projects accompany the work done in the studio, which in the last semester is focused on developing research methodology and methods for the thesis project. The final portfolio can focus on still or moving images, or contain a combination of the two. The outcome is an original and coherent visual project.

Introduction to Research & Methodology

Description

The course provides introductory-to-advanced-level research and methodology instruction, covering topics from art and design theory to the use of technology. This course focuses in depth on various research methods currently used to inform the design process. It builds on knowledge and skills acquired in the first semester to introduce students to specific research methods for designers and artists. The course will cover research in physical human factors; human cognitive factors; cultural human factors; and ethnographic fieldwork. Students will learn how to apply these methods to the design process through hands-on projects requiring a multidisciplinary approach.

In this section, students will be introduced to the basic tenets of research in order to support their reasoning with respect to the design process. Foremost, they will learn to formulate a design research problematic; engage in data gathering and analysis; differentiate between primary and secondary research sources; carry out quantitative and qualitative research.

Digital Lab I: Video

Code
MFFP 0502 / MPIM 0502
Description

A hands-on step-by-step technical lab class, where editing video will take students beyond the basics to a professional workflow for digital video editing. Students will learn how to produce a professional looking video including – storyboarding, pre-production essentials, shooting scripts, camera movement (theory and practice), sound recording and editing, use of music, titles and credits. Premiere Pro will be the main software for moving images, and all essential tools and plug-ins (like Magic Bullet or After Effects) their options and use, the character of each menu or tool option critical for video editing will be covered at a practical level.

Digital Lab II: Photo

Code
MFFP 0505 / MPIM 0505
Description

A hands-on step-by-step technical lab class where inputting images, editing, and printing will take students beyond the basics to a professional workflow for digital photography. A range of tools will be presented, including advanced film scanning, working with RAW files, masks, compositing and grayscale and color inkjet printing. Students will work with Photoshop for still images. All essential tools and plug-ins (e.g., Portraiture), their options and use, the character of each menu or tool option critical for photographic editing will be covered at a practical level. Students will master advanced color and B&W editing methods, scanning, masks, selections, and layers to establish an efficient non-destructive workflow.

Masters Electives

Description

You may select an elective from the many course offerings in your department or in other departments with the approval of your department chair.

  • French
  • Drawing Technology and Perception
  • Advanced Printmaking*
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Concept Development Storytelling
  • Photography as Installation*
  • Photography in the Expanded Field*
  • History of New Media*
  • Designer’s Ethical and Social Responsibility
  • Educational Principles
  • Alternative Processes Image-Making*
  • Digital Fabrication Design
  • The Art of Code I & II
  • 4D Studio I & II*
  • The Fashion Editorial
  • Design Thinking
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management*

* Undergraduate level courses

 

spring

Contemporary Issues II

Code
MPIM 0508
Description

This course explores a variety of critical aesthetic and practical issues relevant to today’s expressive photographer. This class includes readings, critiques, and discussions examining critical theory in the digital age. It examines specific models and matrixes that define current trends. Topics will include: print/online photography, socially engaged art/photography, photography/installation/art and social/documentary practice. This course will explore the relationships between concept, process and transmission have expanded dramatically with the introduction of digital media techniques.

Seminar II: Portfolio Development

Code
MPIM 0507
Description

This year-long course serves as a critical and technical exploration of the language and theory of photography and film. Students develop their own individual identities as professionals working with still and moving images, placing their work within conceptual and historical contexts. Independent and personalized readings and research projects accompany the work done in the studio, which in the second semester is focused on developing the final degree portfolio. The final portfolio can focus on still or moving images, or contain a combination of the two. At least one project in each medium (photography and video) is required. The outcome is an original and coherent set of images.

Intermediate Research & Methodology

Description

The course provides introductory-to-advanced-level research and methodology instruction, covering topics from art and design theory to the use of technology. This course focuses in depth on various research methods currently used to inform the design process. It builds on knowledge and skills acquired in the first semester to introduce students to specific research methods for designers and artists. The course will cover research in physical human factors; human cognitive factors; cultural human factors; and ethnographic fieldwork. Students will learn how to apply these methods to the design process through hands-on projects requiring a multidisciplinary approach.

Degree Project

Code
MPIM 0511
Description

Students will focus on the technical exploration of the language and theory of Photography and Image-making to develop their final degree project (it can focus on still or moving images, or contain a combination of the two.) Emphasis will be on students executing, understanding and discussing quality work, succesful composition, productive conceptualization and creative problem solving.

MA Thesis

Description

Students will document the research they conduct on the theme of their final project, as well as the research they have done on the cost and means of production of their project. One of the criteria for evaluating the thesis is the extent to which the student’s work is situated in an art-historic and cultural context, requiring students to conduct research using written documentation, artefacts, and the learning resources available to them in Paris (see section devoted to libraries and other learning resources).

Masters Electives

Description

You may select an elective from the many course offerings in your department or in other departments with the approval of your department chair.

  • French
  • Drawing Technology and Perception
  • Advanced Printmaking*
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Concept Development Storytelling
  • Photography as Installation*
  • Photography in the Expanded Field*
  • History of New Media*
  • Designer’s Ethical and Social Responsibility
  • Educational Principles
  • Alternative Processes Image-Making*
  • Digital Fabrication Design
  • The Art of Code I & II
  • 4D Studio I & II*
  • The Fashion Editorial
  • Design Thinking
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management*

* Undergraduate level courses

 

Overall Credits Total
30

MFA Curriculum

Credits

Year One

fall

Contemporary Issues I

Code
MPIM 0503
Description

This course explores a variety of critical aesthetic and practical issues relevant to today’s expressive photographer. This class includes readings, critiques, and discussions examining critical theory in the digital age. It examines specific models and matrixes that define current trends. Topics will include: print/online photography, socially engaged art/photography, photography/installation/art and social/documentary practice. This course will explore the relationships between concept, process and transmission have expanded dramatically with the introduction of digital media techniques.

Seminar I: Portfolio Development

Code
MPIM 0501
Description

This course serves as a critical and technical exploration of the language and theory of Photography and Image-Making. Students develop their own individual identities as professionals working with still and moving images, placing their work within conceptual and historical contexts. Independent and personalized readings and research projects accompany the work done in the studio, which in the last semester is focused on developing research methodology and methods for the thesis project. The final portfolio can focus on still or moving images, or contain a combination of the two. The outcome is an original and coherent visual project.

Introduction to Research & Methodology

Description

The course provides introductory-to-advanced-level research and methodology instruction, covering topics from art and design theory to the use of technology. This course focuses in depth on various research methods currently used to inform the design process. It builds on knowledge and skills acquired in the first semester to introduce students to specific research methods for designers and artists. The course will cover research in physical human factors; human cognitive factors; cultural human factors; and ethnographic fieldwork. Students will learn how to apply these methods to the design process through hands-on projects requiring a multidisciplinary approach.

In this section, students will be introduced to the basic tenets of research in order to support their reasoning with respect to the design process. Foremost, they will learn to formulate a design research problematic; engage in data gathering and analysis; differentiate between primary and secondary research sources; carry out quantitative and qualitative research.

Digital Lab I: Video

Code
MFFP 0502 / MPIM 0502
Description

A hands-on step-by-step technical lab class, where editing video will take students beyond the basics to a professional workflow for digital video editing. Students will learn how to produce a professional looking video including – storyboarding, pre-production essentials, shooting scripts, camera movement (theory and practice), sound recording and editing, use of music, titles and credits. Premiere Pro will be the main software for moving images, and all essential tools and plug-ins (like Magic Bullet or After Effects) their options and use, the character of each menu or tool option critical for video editing will be covered at a practical level.

Digital Lab II: Photo

Code
MFFP 0505 / MPIM 0505
Description

A hands-on step-by-step technical lab class where inputting images, editing, and printing will take students beyond the basics to a professional workflow for digital photography. A range of tools will be presented, including advanced film scanning, working with RAW files, masks, compositing and grayscale and color inkjet printing. Students will work with Photoshop for still images. All essential tools and plug-ins (e.g., Portraiture), their options and use, the character of each menu or tool option critical for photographic editing will be covered at a practical level. Students will master advanced color and B&W editing methods, scanning, masks, selections, and layers to establish an efficient non-destructive workflow.

Masters Electives

Description

You may select an elective from the many course offerings in your department or in other departments with the approval of your department chair.

  • French
  • Drawing Technology and Perception
  • Advanced Printmaking*
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Concept Development Storytelling
  • Photography as Installation*
  • Photography in the Expanded Field*
  • History of New Media*
  • Designer’s Ethical and Social Responsibility
  • Educational Principles
  • Alternative Processes Image-Making*
  • Digital Fabrication Design
  • The Art of Code I & II
  • 4D Studio I & II*
  • The Fashion Editorial
  • Design Thinking
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management*

* Undergraduate level courses

 

spring

Contemporary Issues II

Code
MPIM 0508
Description

This course explores a variety of critical aesthetic and practical issues relevant to today’s expressive photographer. This class includes readings, critiques, and discussions examining critical theory in the digital age. It examines specific models and matrixes that define current trends. Topics will include: print/online photography, socially engaged art/photography, photography/installation/art and social/documentary practice. This course will explore the relationships between concept, process and transmission have expanded dramatically with the introduction of digital media techniques.

Seminar II: Portfolio Development

Code
MPIM 0507
Description

This year-long course serves as a critical and technical exploration of the language and theory of photography and film. Students develop their own individual identities as professionals working with still and moving images, placing their work within conceptual and historical contexts. Independent and personalized readings and research projects accompany the work done in the studio, which in the second semester is focused on developing the final degree portfolio. The final portfolio can focus on still or moving images, or contain a combination of the two. At least one project in each medium (photography and video) is required. The outcome is an original and coherent set of images.

Intermediate Research & Methodology

Description

The course provides introductory-to-advanced-level research and methodology instruction, covering topics from art and design theory to the use of technology. This course focuses in depth on various research methods currently used to inform the design process. It builds on knowledge and skills acquired in the first semester to introduce students to specific research methods for designers and artists. The course will cover research in physical human factors; human cognitive factors; cultural human factors; and ethnographic fieldwork. Students will learn how to apply these methods to the design process through hands-on projects requiring a multidisciplinary approach.

Masters Electives

Description

You may select an elective from the many course offerings in your department or in other departments with the approval of your department chair.

  • French
  • Drawing Technology and Perception
  • Advanced Printmaking*
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Concept Development Storytelling
  • Photography as Installation*
  • Photography in the Expanded Field*
  • History of New Media*
  • Designer’s Ethical and Social Responsibility
  • Educational Principles
  • Alternative Processes Image-Making*
  • Digital Fabrication Design
  • The Art of Code I & II
  • 4D Studio I & II*
  • The Fashion Editorial
  • Design Thinking
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management*

* Undergraduate level courses

 

Year Two

fall

Contemporary Issues III

Description

This course explores a variety of critical aesthetic and practical issues relevant to today’s expressive photographer. This class includes readings, critiques, and discussions examining critical theory in the digital age. It examines specific models and matrixes that define current trends. Topics will include: print/online photography, socially engaged art/photography, photography/installation/art and social/documentary practice. This course will explore the relationships between concept, process and transmission have expanded dramatically with the introduction of digital media techniques.

Seminar III: Portfolio Development

Description

This course serves as a critical and technical exploration of the language and theory of Photography and Image-making. Students develop their own individual identities as professionals working with still and moving images, placing their work within conceptual and historical contexts. Independent and personalized readings and research projects accompany the work done in the studio, which in the last semester is focused on developing research methodology and methods for the thesis project. The final portfolio can focus on still or moving images, or contain a combination of the two. The outcome is an original and coherent visual project.

Advanced Research & Methodology

Description

The course provides introductory-to-advanced-level research and methodology instruction, covering topics from art and design theory to the use of technology. This course focuses in depth on various research methods currently used to inform the design process. It builds on knowledge and skills acquired in the first semester to introduce students to specific research methods for designers and artists. The course will cover research in physical human factors; human cognitive factors; cultural human factors; and ethnographic fieldwork. Students will learn how to apply these methods to the design process through hands-on projects requiring a multidisciplinary approach.

In this section, students are encouraged to investigative their practice with an emphasis on the materials and approaches of the student’s field of study. Advanced Research Methodology involves the student developing and expanding on their arts or design practical work, where knowledge of materials, techniques, processes, and methods in relation to context play a key role. Students are also prepared for a skilled professional role and/or research studies within the various main fields of study.

Digital Lab IlI: New Media and Technology

Description

This course offers a critical introduction to new (digital) media and technology, focusing on the relationship between “old” and “new” media and emphasizing both the cultural meanings of media in general and media as pedagogy. This course gives the chance to observe, participate, and explore new media literacy, learning, and making across formal and informal learning settings. This is not a course about technology; rather, it is a course about the activity-the doing, the participatory culture-that surrounds new media, the use and the learning born through that activity. During the course, a number of guests will join to discuss their work in new media.

MFA Thesis

Description

Building on the research, critical thinking and writing skills developed in the first three semesters of the seminar, in the final semester, each student will be responsible for the production of a 40 to-60 page thesis paper and the corresponding body of work, culminating in a public exhibition or conference. For their final paper, each student will be responsible for identifying an urgent, critical or current problematic, that may stand independently of the student’s studio practice. Rigorously researched and constructed, this paper will provide the platform for ongoing lines of investigation. Students should be versed in the critical voices and issues surrounding their own practice and develop the communication and research skills necessary to assert their own critical voice in regards to their evolving practice. Faculty and guest lectures will guide each student to a reading list appropriate to their research and final exhibition. For their final exhibition, the students will focus on creating a body of work and build a portfolio based on their artistic research, documenting the process and their different projects. This is done under the guidance and support of an internal and external thesis committee.

spring

Seminar IV: Portfolio Development

Description

This course serves as a critical and technical exploration of the language and theory of Photography and Image-making. Students develop their own individual identities as professionals working with still and moving images, placing their work within conceptual and historical contexts. Independent and personalized readings and research projects accompany the work done in the studio, which in the last semester is focused on developing research methodology and methods for the thesis project. The final portfolio can focus on still or moving images, or contain a combination of the two. The outcome is an original and coherent visual project.

MFA Degree Project

Description

Students will focus on the technical exploration of the language and theory of Photography and Image-making to develop their final degree project (it can focus on still or moving images, or contain a combination of the two.) Emphasis will be on students executing, understanding and discussing quality work, succesful composition, productive conceptualization and creative problem solving.

Masters Electives

Description

You may select an elective from the many course offerings in your department or in other departments with the approval of your department chair.

  • French
  • Drawing Technology and Perception
  • Advanced Printmaking*
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Concept Development Storytelling
  • Photography as Installation*
  • Photography in the Expanded Field*
  • History of New Media*
  • Designer’s Ethical and Social Responsibility
  • Educational Principles
  • Alternative Processes Image-Making*
  • Digital Fabrication Design
  • The Art of Code I & II
  • 4D Studio I & II*
  • The Fashion Editorial
  • Design Thinking
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management*

* Undergraduate level courses

 

Overall Credits Total
60

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this program cutting edge in contrast to other MA/MFA programs?

The cutting edge curriculum emphasizes practiced-based learning and focuses on new types of visual storytelling and image-making: still image, moving image, and multimedia, with a curriculum that emphasizes new media and transdisciplinary skill sets, and understands photography as a hybrid and emerging art form. The program explores digital-image-making as a force and it is designed as a practiced-based and process-oriented program. Based on the intersection of visual phenomena, new media, critical studies, and creative production, the program offers a unique blend of studio practice, and theoretical and art historical training. Students who pursue the program at Paris College of Art have potential for connection-building while they are still in the program.

What is the range of disciplines from which the students will be pooled?

We seek to have a highly diverse student group. Candidates from backgrounds in fine art, printmaking, photography and demonstrated technical skills (black & white and color photography, digital photography, lighting techniques, common software programs for editing) are all encouraged to apply.

How do you know if the program is right for you?

The department makes great efforts to attract students that are diverse in practice, background, and career goals. The proposed MA/MFA programs give practitioners and theorists the opportunity to research and develop the new boundaries of image-making made possible by technological change within the context of post-industrial culture. As a result, the department doesn’t favor any particular visual aesthetic. We are committed to supporting and nurturing each student’s individual creative trajectory. If you’re interested in combining technical knowledge and principles of photography and image-making research, theory and academia, this is the perfect program for you.

What are the prerequisites?

The program is open to any applicant who has successfully completed an undergraduate degree (BFA, BA, BSc, BID, BArch, etc.) with a studio component, or acquired basic technical skills (photography, art, video, editing software, printing, lighting, image-making, etc.) through other educational or professional experiences. Your previously acquired technical skills and creative potential will be evaluated through your portfolio.

Are there other graduate students at PCA?

PCA offers several graduate programs and all graduate students share elective courses, so there is the opportunity for interaction across disciplines both inside and outside the classroom.

What are the advantages of studying in Paris?

Paris is an epicentre for emerging contemporary photography and image-making, between the great photo fairs and events like Paris Photo, Fotofever, Festival Circulations, and photo venues like the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, LE BAL and the Jeu de Paume. Students will have direct access to Parisian networks and the opportunities to visit these venues regularly, participate in calls for projects and exhibitions.

 

For many decades, Paris has been considered as the centre of avant-garde art and, without a doubt, as the hub for the new photography in Europe since the 1920s. If the French capital became a forum for photographers from so many different countries and backgrounds, this was because it stood as a model of modernity and a beacon of economic hope in the aftermath of the First World War, but also because it was a haven of political and religious freedom for those forced into exile. Furthermore, the international dimension of both the city and Paris College of Art provide a unique platform for students who would aspire to experience an internship or work abroad.

What are concrete projects students can expect to complete?

This program focuses on technical skills and cognitive needs that arise from the continuous development of the image industry. Students will be able to:

  • Show an ability to include visual references and textual evidence within the body of a written thesis;
  • Locate and propose a specific pathway within research and/or studio work;
  • Produce quality artwork that is technically, aesthetically and conceptually at a professional level;
  • Apply methods of work and thought, encompassing the research, production, and reflection in a framework of aesthetic, artistic, social and ethical issues, within a culture of change;
  • Explore a variety of digital technologies for the explicit purpose of employing them to create various narrative forms;
  • Manage grant process: identify private and public funding priorities and opportunities, develop a consistent and workable program plan, write clearly defined goals and objectives, prepare a complete program budget in a grant format, etc.;
  • Prepare art residency and exhibition proposals for those who plan to pursue a fine arts path;
  • Respond to professional and public art commissions.

How do faculty facilitate the collaborative work?

Our PCA faculty, all active professionals, is best suited to impart the skills and knowledge required to prepare students to enter a rapidly changing professional world. They facilitate much the way a project manager would-by having a weekly meeting to make sure everyone is working towards a commonly defined goal. Then they break down to smaller teams/individuals to define milestones and address any difficulties.

What are the faculty’s credentials?

Their expertise lies in Contemporary Photography, Advanced Printing Techniques, Curatorial Studies, Art History, Intellectual Property, Professional Business Practices, Editorial, Concept and Storytelling, Art Direction, Marketing and Teaching Methods.

What are the expected outcomes in terms of employability?

Students graduating from the MA/MFA programs would be prepared to enter the international job market with specific knowledge and skills in photography and image-making, but also in a wide range of disciplines and fields, including fine art, commercial photography, video and multimedia production, editing, college-level education, web design, curating, and museum & gallery management.

 

The Master in Photography and Image-making offers to students a practiced-based opportunity with a professional creative production. The program focuses on tailored education and an individual approach giving to students the possibility to expand their network with of  professionals (e.g. museums, galleries, industry, etc.) through guest speakers, meetings with alumni, monthly portfolio reviews, access to the career services office, industry credentials and contacts, etc. The first-year also provides an excellent preparation for higher level research degrees, with an increasing number of graduates undertaking research in photography and image making related subjects, in practice or theory or entering academia.

What types of projects and companies will alumni be prepared for?

PCA has closely established links with industry and other partners through past industry sponsorship agreements with companies such as L’Oreal, Hermès, Shiseido, Galeries Lafayette, Les Compagnons du Devoir, Promod, Picto and more. Our career services office assists students with securing internships. New links are sought and explored, to provide photography and image-making students with a pertinent professional network.

If freelancing/entrepreneurship is not your cup of tea, alumni will be able to work in a whole slew of fields like photography (advertising/commercial, documentary/photojournalism), editing and postproduction (story structure for still image and moving image), new media (digital media and its impact on the processes of making and experiencing photography), story (concept, management, fiction and non-fiction) or business practices/business skills (writing, social media, marketing). The MFA program will prepare students to become scholars who redefine the creative role of photography within the contemporary culture (teaching assistantships, etc.)

What will students have in terms of a portfolio by the end of the program(s)? Is a portfolio even the right way to look at the end result?

Upon successful completion of the MA/MFA Degree Portfolio and Thesis, students are expected to have achieved demonstrable skills in image capturing and editing, an understanding of applied research methodologies, and increased teamwork and management skills. They will have practised talking about their skills and competencies with professional employers and clients.

What are some of the past thesis research topics students have chosen to explore?

A selection of past topics include:

  • Brother, I’ve Got Your Back: Capturing Physical Intimacy Through the Lens of American Masculinity;
  • Borders expanded: from street to earth. You can photograph anything now;
  • Family Portraits: Intimate distance;
  • Evolution of Contemporary Inkjet Printing;
  • Contemporary Photography. A dialogue with the viewer: blurring the lines between fashion and documentary photography;
  • Exploring the soul through photography;
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