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Tuition Fee
Start Date
Medium of studying
36 months
Program Facts
Program Details
Visual Arts | Photography | Digital Art | Fine Arts | Graphic Design
Area of study
Arts | Design
Digital Arts and Multimedia Design
Full time
Course Language
About Program

Program Overview

Syracuse University's Master of Fine Arts in Art Photography program nurtures artistic research and fosters unique visual voices through intensive coursework, critique sessions, and collaboration with scholars. Students benefit from teaching opportunities, affiliation with Light Work gallery, and access to state-of-the-art facilities, preparing them for careers in contemporary photography.

Program Outline

Degree Overview:

  • The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
  • degree program in art photography at Syracuse University aims to nurture students' artistic research and enable them to cultivate their unique visual voices. The program attracts students with established bodies of work and a dedication to advancing their engagement with contemporary photographic practices.
  • Through an intensive curriculum encompassing tutorial and group critique sessions, as well as coursework in history, theory, and criticism, students immerse themselves in a stimulating and passionate learning environment centered on contemporary art and practice.
  • The program fosters collaboration with distinguished scholars across Syracuse University, enriching the students' artistic journey.
  • Uniquely, most M.F.A.
  • students are entrusted with the opportunity to teach their own classes, further honing their pedagogical skills.
  • Art photography students benefit from the close affiliation with Light Work, an esteemed photo gallery, publisher, and artist residency located on the Syracuse campus.
  • This partnership facilitates interactions with a diverse range of international photographers through lectures, internships, and classroom visits.
  • Many graduate students are granted semester assistantships, providing them with hands-on experience working with Light Work's staff and visiting artists.
  • Students have access to state-of-the-art production facilities at Light Work and within the Department of Film and Media Arts, equipping them with the technical expertise to realize their artistic visions.
  • The program attracts renowned resident and visiting artists who share their insights and expertise, inspiring students to push boundaries and refine their artistic perspectives.


  • The program employs a variety of teaching methods, including tutorial and group critique sessions, to foster individual artistic development and critical discourse.
  • Students benefit from close mentorship by experienced faculty members and distinguished visiting artists, who provide personalized guidance and support throughout their studies.
  • The program's emphasis on contemporary art and practice ensures that students engage with the latest trends and advancements in the field of photography, equipping them with a comprehensive understanding of the medium's evolving nature.