Columbia College Chicago guides aspiring fine art photographers through a stylistically diverse MFA program in Photography that emphasizes aesthetic and conceptual development alongside innovative photographic technique. Through advanced coursework in graduate photography, MFA students will become immersed in a curriculum grounded in art history and theory and invested in the critical dialogue on contemporary photography. In three years of focused study, students pursuing the MFA in Photography will develop a sophisticated body of work, an understanding of the theoretical perspectives that support that work, and the necessary tools of professional practice as a photographer, accelerating their careers as working artists.
The Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is constantly redefining the medium of photography. Our distinguished faculty and eclectic curriculum encourage you to experiment in your work. Our multifaceted approach to the medium includes traditional forms of image making and conceptually oriented practices and makes the SAIC Photography program uniquely diverse.
As a student in the Photography department, you will:
Explore the practice and theory of photography
Practice your art in a supportive, nonhierarchical community among faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students.
Work with state-of-the-art equipment and enjoy access to all the resources of the school.