MFA Photography

MFA in Photography

The MFA in Photography program allows students to develop their aesthetic and conceptual core while working in the medium of photography. Students work with graduate advisors to develop a photographic body of work that is contemporarily relevant while challenging the genre of photography.

Photography is an ever-changing medium and therefore students are allowed to work traditional or experimental aspects of photography. The flexible studio electives allow students to work with imagery while developing technical proficiency in photography, book making, papermaking, metals or any of the studio classes offered at MCA.

 

Head of Photography

Haley Morris CafieroHaley Morris-Cafiero

Associate Professor
Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs

BA; BFA, University of North Florida
MFA, University of Arizona

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Haley Morris Cafiero is a photographer and sculptor who creates images and objects that reflect the lack of control she feels about her body and her surroundings. Sometimes the work deals with the reactions of people and objects to her inability to control the size of her external body. Other times, her art is inspired by the possibilities of disease silently eating away her internal body.

She works primarily with historic photographic processes such as daguerreotypes and wet plate collodion negatives. She often combines the photographic image with leather, clay, printmaking processes or metal to transform the image to an object. She is currently one of 20 National Artists represented by the A.I.R. Gallery in New York. Read more…

MFA Photography Curriculum:

The MFA curriculum can be completed in four semesters of full-time (in residence) study, with a fifth or sixth semester optional at either the faculty or student’s request. The MFA degree requires 60 semester credit hours distributed as follows:

Major Studio 36

Liberal Arts – General Ed 12

Elective Studio 12

Total 60

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The recommended semester course load for MFA students is 9 to 15 credit hours. Course loads over this limit must have prior written approval by the graduate director.

MFA in Photography Progression

1st Semester

  • Photography Seminar 1
  • Photography Workshop 1
  • Studio Elective
  • Critical Theory

2nd Semester

  • Photography Seminar 2
  • Photography Workshop 2
  • Studio Elective
  • Liberal Arts/Art History Elective

3rd Semester

  • Photography Seminar 3
  • Photography Workshop 3
  • Studio Elective
  • Liberal Arts/Art History Elective

4th Semester

  • Photography Seminar 4
  • Photography Workshop 4
  • Studio Elective
  • Liberal Arts/Art History Elective

Courses Descriptions

PH601 Photography Seminar 1

Students meet collectively to discuss their graduate work and the professional practices involved in being a professional and educator. Group critiques are scheduled to encourage interaction between students and readings are assigned to provide context to contemporary trends. Enrollment is required in each semester a grad student is enrolled in the MFA in Photography program. Lectures concentrate on documentation and web materials necessary to be a relevant artist/professional. MFA in Photography major requirement. Pre-reqs: Enrollment in the MFA in Photography program

PH602 Photography Seminar 2

Students meet collectively to discuss their graduate work and the professional practices involved in being a professional and educator. Group critiques are scheduled to encourage interaction between students and readings are assigned to provide context to contemporary trends. Enrollment is required in each semester a grad student is enrolled in the MFA in Photography program. Lectures concentrate on grant and residency opportunities and their application processes. MFA in Photography major requirement. Pre-reqs: PH601

PH651 Photography Workshop 1

Working independently from a traditional course- based process and from the other MFA candidates, this course is self-directed study, each student conducting his/her own personal exploration of concept and technique in the illustration process under the guidance of the faculty advisors. Student should demonstrate a willingness to take risks in their investigations. While a consistent body of work is not required, an openness to experimentation and the ability to succeed should be evident. MFA in Photography major requirement. Pre-reqs: Enrollment in the MFA in Photography program

PH652 PhotographyWorkshop 2

Working independently from a traditional course- based process and from the other MFA candidates, this course is self-directed study, each student conducting his/her own personal exploration of concept and technique in the illustration process under the guidance of advisors. Student should be able to articulate the pertinent issues in the work and a finished, resolved piece will be presented at finals. MFA in Photography major requirement. Pre-reqs: PH651

PH701 Photography Seminar 3

Students meet collectively to discuss their graduate work and the professional practices involved in being a professional and educator. Group critiques are scheduled to encourage interaction between students and readings are assigned to provide context to contemporary trends. Enrollment is required in each semester a grad student is enrolled in the MFA in Photography program. Lectures concentrate on the research and documentation involved in a career in academia. MFA in Photography major requirement. Pre-reqs: PH602

PH702 Photography Seminar 4

Students meet collectively to discuss their graduate work and the professional practices involved in being a professional and educator. Group critiques are scheduled to encourage interaction between students and readings are assigned to provide context to contemporary trends. Enrollment is required in each semester a grad student is enrolled in the MFA in Photography program. Lectures concentrate on fellowship applications and presentation skills. MFA in Photography major requirement. Pre-reqs: PH701

PH751 Photography Workshop 3

Working independently from a traditional course- based process and from the other MFA candidates, this course is self-directed study, each student conducting his/her own personal exploration of concept and technique in illustration under the guidance of advisors. Students are required to apply for Advancement to Candidacy when he/she will be expected to present a draft of their thesis and finished series of work. MFA in Photography major requirement. Pre-reqs: PH652

PH752 Photography Workshop 4

Working independently from a traditional course- based process and from the other MFA candidates, this course is self-directed study, each student conducting his/her own personal exploration of concept and technique in the illustration process under the guidance of the faculty advisors. Student will present a body of work in the MFA Thesis exhibition and a written thesis paper that will articulate their intentions, conceptual, aesthetic and technical strength. MFA in Photography major requirement. Pre-reqs: PH751

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