The 60-credit curriculum includes a wide variety of core and elective studio courses, along with a complement of liberal arts offerings geared toward artists. The core curriculum in Photography is largely shared with the MFA in the Fine Arts Department and includes the following required courses: Photography Studio and Photography Studio Context, Thesis, Thesis Statement, and Graduate Symposium. For photography majors, the curriculum includes Acts of Recognition, a seminar that introduces perspectives on art, ethics, visual culture, race, and equity. This required course addresses the relationship between photography and lens-based media and the politics of representation through art history, cultural studies, critical race theory, gender studies, and queer studies.
The students’ studio experience is augmented by 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. Numerous additional opportunities to interface with guest artists arise each semester as in studio visits, workshops, and exhibition encounters.
In addition, students participate in periodic and constructive interdisciplinary reviews: Survey in their second semester, Public Critique in their third, and Preview in their final semester. Exhibition and open studio opportunities are core components of the program.
Each student mounts a capstone solo thesis exhibition on campus during their final semester in the program.