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Dear Prospective Students,

I am the recently appointed Director of Graduate Studies in Photography at Pratt Institute. Working alongside my esteemed colleagues as well as Photography Department Chair Shannon Ebner, we are reinvigorating the program into an exceptional place for artists who work with photography to study at the graduate level. Pratt’s location in the center of Brooklyn makes this task inspiring.

Pratt Institute’s MFA in Photography will be accepting its first class in Fall 2019 as a two-year (four-semester) terminal degree. 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, alongside 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.

I hope you will join us in Brooklyn this coming year,

Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Director of Graduate Studies in 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.

Pratt Photography Lectures


Requirements for Master of Fine Arts (Photo), 2018

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses plus 4 elective credits.

    FA-695A Photography IA

    FA-695B Photography IB

    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