Graduate Photography

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Pratt Institute’s MFA in Photography, formerly a concentration in the MFA Fine Arts, is now a two-year (four semester) terminal degree in Photography with all the additional resources and classes that entails beginning with the first class entering this fall. We seek advanced applicants with interests in contemporary art practices of all varieties that rely heavily on the role of photographic imagery and imaging. This can include artists who use lens-based cameras, photosensitive chemistry and/or sensors; re-photography, aggregation, and quotation; and all approaches that fall under the umbrella of the photographic including research and critical positions with relation to the histories and practices of photography.

Our pedagogy encompasses lens and print-based technologies alongside the history and context for the making of photographic images and objects in the 21st century. Fluency in the language and currency of images in our cultural and media landscapes are a core value of our program. In addition to courses in photographic and interdisciplinary practice, each student in the program works in their own studio and in shared production facilities.  

The 60-credit curriculum includes a wide variety of core and elective studio courses and a complement of liberal arts offerings geared toward artists. The program provides opportunities for individual studio visits with visiting artists, critics, curators, writers, as well as exhibition and open studio opportunities here in Brooklyn.

Students are exposed to visitors from both the Visiting Artists Lecture Series and the Pratt Photography Lectures, which together bring approximately 12 relevant artists and scholars to campus per year for talks and studio visits.

Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Director of Graduate Studies in Photography

Shannon Ebner
Chair of Photography

Recent visitors have included: Lucas Blalock, Charlotte Cotton, Moyra Davey, Rineke Dijkstra, Nicole Eisenman, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Jason Fulford, Michelle Handelman, Lyle Ashton Harris, An-Me Lê, Leigh Ledare, Kalup Linzey, Zanele Muholi, Rashaad Newsome, Catherine Opie, Trevor Paglen, Eileen Quinlan, Kathy Ryan, Carrie Schneider, Stephen Shore, Taryn Simon, Lorna Simpson, Guido Van Der Werve, and Bryan Zanisnik.

Core MFA Photography faculty currently include Program Director Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Allen Frame, and Ann Mandelbaum. Affiliated faculty include the Chair of the Photography Department Shannon Ebner, Jim Costanzo, Stephen Hilger, John Lehr, Maika Pollack, Aura Rosenberg, Carrie Schneider, Carla Shapiro, and Anna Shteynshleyger in addition to Fine Arts and Photography faculty teaching core and elective classes throughout the interdisciplinary program.


Requirements for Master of Fine Arts (Photo), 2018

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses plus 4 elective credits.

    PHIL-604 Aesthetics

  • Semester 2

    Complete these courses plus 4 elective credits.

    FA-695C Photography II

    FA-699A Symposium I

  • Semester 3

    Complete these courses plus 6 elective credits.

    FA-650A Thesis I

    FA-699B Symposium II

  • Semester 4

    Complete these courses plus 7 elective credits.

    FA-601 Thesis Statement I

    FA-650B Thesis II


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