Photography & Image-making

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

This 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.

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 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. Then, students either go on to complete a full-time summer term to receive the MA degree or continue for two semesters of study in the following academic year (fall and spring) to receive the MFA.

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 chose to pursue a career in academia.

Faculty

Klaus Fruchtnis

Klaus Fruchtnis

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Chair of Photography
tara bogart

Tara Bogart

Professor & Lab Technician

MA Curriculum

Credits

One-year program

fall

Seminar II: Portfolio Development

Code
MFFP 0504
Description

This year-long course serves as a critical and technical exploration of the language and theory of fashion 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.

Digital Lab I: Video

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. After Effects will be the main software for moving images, and all essential tools, plug-ins and filters, their options and use, the character of each menu or tool option critical for video editing will be covered at a practical level. Students will master advanced image and sound editing.

Contemporary Issues I

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: Introduction to Research & Methodology

Description

Core seminars provide introductory-to-advanced-level research and methodology instruction, covering topics from art and design theory to the use of technology. Over three semesters, students will learn and apply research methodologies in the art and design fields. Students will conduct research that requires the application of methodologies in a multi-disciplinary context, while further honing their skills in the verbal and written expression of their ideas.

Masters Electives

Description

You may select electives from the course offerings below.

spring

Seminar II: Portfolio Development

Code
MFFP 0504
Description

This year-long course serves as a critical and technical exploration of the language and theory of fashion 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.

Digital Photo Lab II : Photo

Code
MFFP 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.

Contemporary Issues II

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: Intermediate Research & Methodology

Code
MPIM
Description

Core seminars provide introductory-to-advanced-level research and methodology instruction, covering topics from art and design theory to the use of technology. Over three semesters, students will learn and apply research methodologies in the art and design fields. Students will conduct research that requires the application of methodologies in a multi-disciplinary context, while further honing their skills in the verbal and written expression of their ideas.

Degree Project

Code
MPIM
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.

Master's Thesis

Code
MPIM
Description

Students document the research they conduct on the theme of their final portfolio, 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 art historical research using written documentation, artefacts, and the learning resources available to them in Paris.

Masters Electives

Description

You may select electives from the course offerings below.

Electives

fall

Photo 2.0

Description

This course is designed to understand the nature of digital media and its impact on the processes of making and experiencing photography. The course will focus on students’ skills for the ever-expanding possibilities of digital image-making devices and the power of communication through the web. The Internet has changed the way we consider photography, and the medium has undergone remarkable transformations at every level. Why do certain images go viral and what is the message behind it? The overall goal is to achieve quality photographs in a variety of cultural settings and digital devices that reflect the status and the use of today’s image.

Time-based Photography

Description

This course explores issues and techniques involved in creating digital photography sequences for multimedia production, focusing on the intersection between still and moving images and audio in current digital media environments. Students will learn how to combine digitaze video with still images, graphics, text, sound and music, and produce still images from time-based media sources, uses of social media for narrative and non-narrative forms of storytelling, using compositing and editing techniques detailed in class. This class will examine the basic principles of time-based artwork, through various art mediums, which will include photography, video, sound, and installation. Topics explored include narration, sequencing, motion, perception and other procedures, and we will explore how to use time as an essential element in art making.

Photography as Installation

Code
FHOT 0303
Description

Focusing on the application of photography and installation, this course will explore the uses of photography in space. The course will concentrate on the implications of the relationships among artist, object and image. Through the experimental and nontraditional approaches in installation, the student will explore the formal, spatial, conceptual and visual presentation of installation. The presentation of still and time-based media in screen-based and installation environments will also be covered.

Collection Concept Development II

Code
FFAS 0333
Description

This course teaches students how to generate and develop various highly individual design concepts related to specific, identified market levels and product segments. Different principles of collection work and collection concepts are applied to set project briefs. Methods of presentation in relation to the fashion design portfolio enhance appropriate visuals for the fashion design process. Observational fashion, design, and trend research sketchbooks form part of this course, as well as external project briefs, which are reviewed and assessed by professionals from the French fashion and clothing industry (e.g. Designer Critic Project).

Prerequisites: Semester 1 is prerequisite for semester 2.

French

Description

Students take a placement test to be placed into one of three levels of French language: introductory, intermediate and advanced. Classes meet twice a week for written and oral exercises designed to strengthen vocabulary and grammar. These courses use dialogues, oral exercises, short compositions and literary texts to establish a firm foundation in the language. Students approach everyday life situations in French, while learning the fundamentals of grammar and the complexity of conversation. The intermediate and advanced courses serve as a more sophisticated introduction to French culture and lifestyle and as a means of consolidating grammar and vocabulary.

Educational Principles

Description

This seminar is offered in parallel to the studio course devoted to education. Students will be given an overview of historical and current pedagogical theory that is specific to the teaching or art and design. They will be asked to consider the role of diversity and culture on learning, as well the role of the teacher as decision maker and facilitator. Additionally, this course will introduce alternative approaches to building a learning environment, drawing upon recent experiments in art education that challenge the traditional structure of a ‘school’. Students will study: how to generate motivation, involvement and integration in respect to learner’s development and experience; the planning and design of learning activities for different levels of experience; how to write assessment procedures and appropriate feedback on performance, competence and knowledge.

 

spring

Alternative Processes Image Making

Description

This studio course investigates a variety of photographic processes in print media, including digital print methods, photo-printmaking, xerography and manual print processes. Historical and theoretical relationships between the photographic image, appropriation strategies and print practice are discussed as a context for technical explorations in the media. Image and surface manipulations and materials, as well as theoretical concepts related to the subjects of language, installation and performance are applied to the process.

Intellectual Property Rights

Code
MFMT 0512
Description

The I.P. course covers issues related to copyright, patents, contracts and liabilities as they apply to art and design. Students will learn about international laws related to copyright and patents and understand how to protect their intellectual property and the best strategies to adopt in different circumstances.

Professional Practice Workshop Series

Description

Professionals from the Parisian art and design world will come in to introduce students to their professional practice and engage them in practical exercises preparing them for the job market. Instructors will be drawn from a broad range of fields: photographers and videographers; designer and architects; galleries, museums, auction houses and private collections; art fairs and international exhibitions; art dealers; curators; historians; journalists and iconographers; artists; magazine editors; I.P. and licensing lawyers, etc.

 

French

Description

Students take a placement test to be placed into one of three levels of French language: introductory, intermediate and advanced. Classes meet twice a week for written and oral exercises designed to strengthen vocabulary and grammar. These courses use dialogues, oral exercises, short compositions and literary texts to establish a firm foundation in the language. Students approach everyday life situations in French, while learning the fundamentals of grammar and the complexity of conversation. The intermediate and advanced courses serve as a more sophisticated introduction to French culture and lifestyle and as a means of consolidating grammar and vocabulary.

Overall Credits Total
30

MFA Curriculum

Credits

Year One

fall

Studio I: 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.

Digital Lab I: Video

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. After Effects will be the main software for moving images, and all essential tools, plug-ins and filters, their options and use, the character of each menu or tool option critical for video editing will be covered at a practical level. Students will master advanced image and sound editing.

Contemporary Issues I

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: Introduction to Research & Methodology

Description

Core seminars provide introductory-to-advanced-level research and methodology instruction, covering topics from art and design theory to the use of technology. Over three semesters, students will learn and apply research methodologies in the art and design fields. Students will conduct research that requires the application of methodologies in a multi-disciplinary context, while further honing their skills in the verbal and written expression of their ideas.

Masters Electives

Description

You may select electives from the course offerings below.

spring

Studio II: 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.

Digital Photo Lab II : Photo

Code
MFFP 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.

Contemporary Issues II

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: Intermediate Research & Methodology

Code
MPIM
Description

Core seminars provide introductory-to-advanced-level research and methodology instruction, covering topics from art and design theory to the use of technology. Over three semesters, students will learn and apply research methodologies in the art and design fields. Students will conduct research that requires the application of methodologies in a multi-disciplinary context, while further honing their skills in the verbal and written expression of their ideas.

Masters Electives

Description

You may select electives from the course offerings below.

Year Two

fall

Studio 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.

Digital Lab IlI: New Digital 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.

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: Advanced Research & Methodology

Description

Core seminars provide introductory-to-advanced-level research and methodology instruction, covering topics from art and design theory to the use of technology. Over three semesters, students will learn and apply research methodologies in the art and design fields. Students will conduct research that requires the application of methodologies in a multi-disciplinary context, while further honing their skills in the verbal and written expression of their ideas.

Masters Electives

Description

You may select electives from the course offerings below.

spring

Studio 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.

Degree Project

Code
MPIM
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.

Seminar IV: MFA Thesis

Description

MFA students embark on a 40-60 page written Thesis and corresponding Portfolio, culminating in a public exhibition and review by a jury. The MFA degree project has two components: Work produced in the studio that will be shown to the public and reviewed by an outside jury, and a written component. As a degree project students write a thesis that shows that they can work independently according to a scholarly method. They choose the subject from one of the following fields: Photography (advertising/commercial, documentary/photojournalism, fashion/portraiture), Videography (short-form fiction and non-fiction audio and video production, still and moving images and audio in current digital media environments), 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; Digital image-making devices and the power of communication through the web), Story (concept, management, fiction and non-fiction) or Business Practices/Business skills (writing, social media, marketing). Students’ research should demonstrate new awareness and understanding of visual language, as well as of the production of creative processes. Literature and focus is chosen together with the program director at the beginning of the course. Students will defend their thesis and act as opponent of the thesis of another student.

Masters Electives

Description

You may select electives from the course offerings below.

Electives

fall

Photo 2.0

Description

This course is designed to understand the nature of digital media and its impact on the processes of making and experiencing photography. The course will focus on students’ skills for the ever-expanding possibilities of digital image-making devices and the power of communication through the web. The Internet has changed the way we consider photography, and the medium has undergone remarkable transformations at every level. Why do certain images go viral and what is the message behind it? The overall goal is to achieve quality photographs in a variety of cultural settings and digital devices that reflect the status and the use of today’s image.

Time-based Photography

Description

This course explores issues and techniques involved in creating digital photography sequences for multimedia production, focusing on the intersection between still and moving images and audio in current digital media environments. Students will learn how to combine digitaze video with still images, graphics, text, sound and music, and produce still images from time-based media sources, uses of social media for narrative and non-narrative forms of storytelling, using compositing and editing techniques detailed in class. This class will examine the basic principles of time-based artwork, through various art mediums, which will include photography, video, sound, and installation. Topics explored include narration, sequencing, motion, perception and other procedures, and we will explore how to use time as an essential element in art making.

Photography as Installation

Code
FHOT 0303
Description

Focusing on the application of photography and installation, this course will explore the uses of photography in space. The course will concentrate on the implications of the relationships among artist, object and image. Through the experimental and nontraditional approaches in installation, the student will explore the formal, spatial, conceptual and visual presentation of installation. The presentation of still and time-based media in screen-based and installation environments will also be covered.

Concept Development: Storytelling

Code
MFFP 0508
Description

In this semester-long course students learn to quickly develop and research concepts to tell a story in images and words. The aim is to provide them with the tools, skills and processes that they will need to respond to a client’s brief in a professional and convincing manner. It is open as an elective to students from other departments, since the ability to come up with creative ideas, researching them and then “packaging” them in a compelling verbal and visual story is a key skill for any designer, whether it is to develop a story for a fashion editorial, an accessories line, or the concept for a new restaurant interior. The disciplinary mix of students also serves to prepare them to work within interdisciplinary teams, which is what they will be faced with in the professional world.

French

Description

Students take a placement test to be placed into one of three levels of French language: introductory, intermediate and advanced. Classes meet twice a week for written and oral exercises designed to strengthen vocabulary and grammar. These courses use dialogues, oral exercises, short compositions and literary texts to establish a firm foundation in the language. Students approach everyday life situations in French, while learning the fundamentals of grammar and the complexity of conversation. The intermediate and advanced courses serve as a more sophisticated introduction to French culture and lifestyle and as a means of consolidating grammar and vocabulary.

Educational Principles

Description

This seminar is offered in parallel to the studio course devoted to education. Students will be given an overview of historical and current pedagogical theory that is specific to the teaching or art and design. They will be asked to consider the role of diversity and culture on learning, as well the role of the teacher as decision maker and facilitator. Additionally, this course will introduce alternative approaches to building a learning environment, drawing upon recent experiments in art education that challenge the traditional structure of a ‘school’. Students will study: how to generate motivation, involvement and integration in respect to learner’s development and experience; the planning and design of learning activities for different levels of experience; how to write assessment procedures and appropriate feedback on performance, competence and knowledge.

 

spring

Alternative Processes Image Making

Description

This studio course investigates a variety of photographic processes in print media, including digital print methods, photo-printmaking, xerography and manual print processes. Historical and theoretical relationships between the photographic image, appropriation strategies and print practice are discussed as a context for technical explorations in the media. Image and surface manipulations and materials, as well as theoretical concepts related to the subjects of language, installation and performance are applied to the process.

Intellectual Property Rights

Code
MFMT 0512
Description

The I.P. course covers issues related to copyright, patents, contracts and liabilities as they apply to art and design. Students will learn about international laws related to copyright and patents and understand how to protect their intellectual property and the best strategies to adopt in different circumstances.

Professional Practice Workshop Series

Description

Professionals from the Parisian art and design world will come in to introduce students to their professional practice and engage them in practical exercises preparing them for the job market. Instructors will be drawn from a broad range of fields: photographers and videographers; designer and architects; galleries, museums, auction houses and private collections; art fairs and international exhibitions; art dealers; curators; historians; journalists and iconographers; artists; magazine editors; I.P. and licensing lawyers, etc.

 

French

Description

Students take a placement test to be placed into one of three levels of French language: introductory, intermediate and advanced. Classes meet twice a week for written and oral exercises designed to strengthen vocabulary and grammar. These courses use dialogues, oral exercises, short compositions and literary texts to establish a firm foundation in the language. Students approach everyday life situations in French, while learning the fundamentals of grammar and the complexity of conversation. The intermediate and advanced courses serve as a more sophisticated introduction to French culture and lifestyle and as a means of consolidating grammar and vocabulary.

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, printimaking, 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 progam 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.

What is the advantage of enrolling in this program in its first year?

Photography has evolved considerably in the past years, and its codes constantly change over time, and waiting for the program to mature means you are missing the opportunity to get involved now. Faculty will work all the harder to mold the program to the needs of individual students in the first year. The faculty in the program are well-established artists, photographers and professionals in Paris, and have substantial teaching experience (Ryan Boatright, Susan Bright, Laurent Pernot, Guillaume Pallat, James Pidcock, Klaus Fruchtnis, Tara Bogart, Donald Abad, among others).

Are there other graduate students at PCA?

PCA launched the MA/MFA in Transdisciplinary New Media in Fall 2015, and two MA programs in Fall 2016 (MA in Fashion Film and Photography and MA in Fashion Design: Haute Couture & Haute Technology.) Five new programs will be launched in September 2017: MA in Interior Design, MA in Accessories Design, MA in Design for Social Impact, MA/MFA in Photography and Image Making and MA/MFA in Drawing. PCA also collaborates with Toulouse Business School in offering English language MSc degrees in marketing and communication specializing in the fashion and luxury industries; and with the French engineering school École de Ponts in offering English language Master’s degrees in Computational Design These programs draw student from around the world to the PCA campus.

What are the advantages of studying in Paris?

Paris is an epicenter 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 center of avant-garde art and, without a doubt, as the hub for the new photography in Europe since the 1920’s. 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 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 practiced talking about their skills and competencies with professional employers and clients.

Image Making

Image Making

Ryan Boatright
Photography & Image Making

Photography & Image Making

Ryan Boatright
Photography & Image Making

Photography & Image Making

Klaus Fruchtnis