Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the MFA degree program in Photography must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college, university, or art/design school, or the equivalent degree from a recognized international institution. It is not required that applicants have majored in studio art or photography as undergraduates, only that they demonstrate the maturity, preparation, and readiness for the intensity and challenges of graduate study.

International Applicants

The minimum required TOEFL score is 79 (internet) and the required IELTS score is 6.5.

Application Guidelines

The MFA Admissions Committee is looking for work that demonstrates the applicant’s aesthetic and conceptual development and potential for successful growth over the two years of the program. We value depth over breadth in graduate applicants.

We are committed to creating a graduate community of artists from many different backgrounds and cultural heritages that is reflective of the city and the world in which we live.

In addition to Pratt’s general graduate admission requirements, applicants to the Photography MFA program are required to upload the following materials to

  • A portfolio of 20 well-selected images (including detail views) of works made in the last 2–3 years
  • Information for each image, including the work’s title, dimensions, materials used, and date of completion (please do not include information about work in the image file, save that for caption field)

Application Advice

Images: We recommend strongly that students submit individual image slides of works or installations, and not a PDF with multiple details, texts, and titles therein. This helps the committee efficiently and effectively review your portfolio. Please use the “Description” field in SlideRoom to add any information you feel is necessary for the understanding of your image.

Curation: We recommend choosing images that show a strong artistic voice, and deep engagement. For this reason, we discourage presenting works that are primarily technical demonstrations.

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