The MassArt Photography Program teaches photography as a medium of self-expression. Our emphasis is on personal vision, experimentation, and an understanding of the history of photography and the body of criticism that surrounds it. Students are introduced to a wide variety of necessary tools and become well-versed in the medium's technical and aesthetic traditions, as well as the contemporary directions of photography. Our curriculum covers analog and digital production, providing a strong foundation for a career in photographic arts.
A highly respected group of artists form the core faculty of the department, including Barbara Bosworth, Matthew Connors, Eirik Johnson, Bille Mandle, Laura McPhee, Abelardo Morell (emeritus), and Nicholas Nixon. Their efforts are augmented by a remarkable group of visiting professors including Anna Collette, Christine Collins, Frank Gohlke, David Hilliard, Shellburne Thurber, Keitaro Yoshioka and others. Our studios are expertly managed by Steve Tourlentes and Galen Palmer. We are proud of our diverse and well-recognized faculty and staff, many of whom have received Guggenheim fellowships, and publish and exhibit frequently.
Our location in Boston makes it possible for students to attend a wide array of exhibitions of contemporary and historical photography and to visit artists and curators who work in the area. Visiting artists are an integral part of the program, and the department has a strong visiting artists and critics lecture series. Recent visitors have included Walead Beshty, Dawoud Bey, Elinor Carucci, Charlotte Cotton, William Christenberry, Gregory Crewdson, Lois Conner, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, Doug Dubois, Emmet Gowin, Judith Joy Ross, Luc Sante, Paul Shambroom, Jem Southam, and Penelope Umbrico.
NESOP is one of the leading photographic educational institutions in the country, existing to meet the increasing demand for more qualified photographic professionals working in all areas of the photographic and imaging industries. Since 1968, we've been helping our students discover and refine their personal visions—and begin exciting careers in all areas of photography. We focus exclusively on photography, providing practical, technical photographic and business training while nurturing your creative development. It is the mission of the school to produce highly skilled, creative and professional craftspeople in the art of visual communications.
The goal of the BFA Photography program is to challenge students intellectually, artistically, and technically, in order to graduate with the skills necessary for a rich and rewarding career. First year undergraduate Photography majors dive right into the field with unique and intensive Photography Foundation year courses. The first-year Photography curriculum introduces you to critical, conceptual, historical, and technical studies. Classes also lay the groundwork for further exploration of traditional and new media in commercial studio, documentary, photojournalism, and fine art photography.
The Photography program is a prelude to engaging with the professional photography world after graduation. In the 21st Century, that world requires both traditional and digital expertise. Consequently, emphasis is placed not only on the development of a personal photographic vision encompassing professional aesthetic standards, but also on mastering contemporary imaging techniques.
The primary goals and objectives of each level in the program revolve around the development of a portfolio of images within a fine arts framework that reveals individual style, technical excellence and aesthetic sophistication, in addition to continuously deepening the understanding of expressive communication.
Students are expected to participate in individual and group critiques, lectures and reviews. Verbal and written competence is required in regard to examining, analyzing and understanding photographic imagery in all contexts.
Courses in general consist of labs, lectures, guest lecturers, discussions, slide presentations, papers and readings on a variety of photographic topics, including professional and ethical issues.
In addition to the Photo Track of six consecutive courses, the History of Photography course establishes the artistic and technological progression of the field from its invention to current practices, while the Studio Photography course explores large format photography and studio lighting. The senior year leads to a final portfolio and a gallery exhibition.