The MFA in Photography program is part of the School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT), which is also home to the Communication Design, Fine Arts, Design and Technology, and Illustration programs. Photography students work together and with colleagues from other programs, developing skills within and outside of their discipline. Students and faculty form a diverse community in which they refine their artistic vision, critique one another’s work, and find ways to use photography as a means of social engagement.
Students in AMT programs take part in Collaboration Studios, where they work with outside nonprofits and industry partners. They also team up with students from other Parsons schools and from programs throughout The New School, including graduate programs in the social sciences, urban studies, and media studies. Exhibitions and public programs at the Sheila C. Johnson Center, including those sponsored by university research institutes like the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, foster connections between students in AMT programs and those in other divisions of The New School.
The school’s longstanding ties to the photography and art communities offer students access to New York City partners for internships, exhibitions, and representation. The city also hosts events related to every aspect of the craft, from celebrations of the medium’s creative and technical achievements to occasions for professional networking. New York institutions—such as the New Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, International Center of Photography, Aperture Foundation, and Guggenheim—provide students with singular opportunities to study work at the forefront of the field.
Series like Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context and the Photography Lecture Series bring prestigious artists and critics to campus to discuss the evolving role of the photographer in relation to new media and technology. Recent visiting artists include Luc Sante, Eva Respini, Lorna Simpson, Charlotte Cotton, James Welling, Sarah Charlesworth, Vince Aletti, Matthew Buckingham, Anna Gaskell, Lawrence Weiner, and Jamel Shabazz. During the eight-week Summer Intensive program, students attend lectures by and visit with 15 visiting artists, curators, and critics.
The program’s flexible 26-month curricular format enables students to take advantage of local internship and apprenticeship opportunities or to participate in wide-ranging international projects. Students have recently participated in a collaborative research partnership with Sydney College of the Arts and Tsinghua University (Beijing). Students are currently preparing for projects with the Köln International School of Design (Cologne) and Renmin University (Beijing).
Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, including the latest in professional digital cameras, video, and digital printing equipment.