M.F.A. in Visual Art, Photography & Intermedia Track

Earn an M.F.A. in Visual Art—Photography and Intermedia

Photography and Intermedia supports students interested in working across media boundaries to create unique interfaces for public engagement. Graduate students concentrate on contemporary photographic practices and explore media associated with photography such as video, sound, performance and installation. They embark on interdisciplinary research that may lie outside any traditionally defined art media. In a creative and supportive environment, pursuit of the Master of Fine Art degree in Visual Arts with an emphasis in Photography and Intermedia advances image-based artists who want to explore new arenas of art making.

Graduate students work with Herron’s outstanding faculty, facilities and equipment to gain an in-depth understanding of professional studio practices. The emphasis is on individual development of creative vision, along with exploration of professional opportunities such as university teaching, interdisciplinary collaboration and community-based, site-specific initiatives. Graduate students at Herron master practical strategies for making art as well as an understanding of the theoretical issues, historical influences and the cultural forces at play in a 21st century urban context.

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Accreditation

This program meets the educational requirements as mandated by the National Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Plan of study

  • Year 1, Fall semester (15 credits)
    • Studio Emphasis I: Materials and Methods in Photography and Intermedia (6 credits) Graduate Studio Elective in Photography and Intermedia (3 credits)
    • Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Visual Arts (3 credits)
    • Art of the Past Two Decades or Visual Culture: A Visual Studies Approach (3 credits)
  • Year 1, Spring semester (15 credits)

    Studio Emphasis II: Theory and Practice in Photography and Intermedia (6-9 credits) Graduate Studio elective (0-3 credits)
    Project Management/Public Art (3 credits)
    University Visual Art Teaching Practicum or Art History elective (3 credits)

  • Year 2, Fall semester (15 credits)
    • Studio Emphasis III: Advanced Practices in Photography and Intermedia (6-9 credits) Interdisciplinary Critique (3 credits)
    • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective (0-3 credits)
    • Art Theory and Criticism (3 credits)
  • Year 2, Spring semester (15 credits)

    Studio Emphasis IV: Thesis (6-9 credits)
    Graduate Studio elective (3-9 credits)
    Art History or Academic elective (0-3 credits)