Photography (MFA) Program
The Master of Fine Arts degree is awarded for completion of 60 credits. No credits may be transferred. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.
Departing from the traditional semester format, the 60-credit program combines technical and academic studies with studio work. The program begins with an eight-week intensive summer session in residence at Parsons, the first of three. Fall and spring semesters complement the intensive summer sessions, in which students are engaged in independent study under the supervision of a faculty member. During the fall and spring semesters, students also fulfill course requirements, either in residence or via the latest distributed-learning technologies. Each fall and spring semester culminates in a five-day intensive residency in January and June respectively.
Major Studio allows students to explore personal direction under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Students meet twice a week with the advisor and attend regular critiques with their peers. The Graduate Advisory Committee assesses each student's progress at the end of each semester.
Graduate Seminar uses the artistic and intellectual resources of the city to explore contemporary issues in art and photography. Some semesters focus on a specific topic. In others, students meet with visiting professionals who critique their work and introduce critical and theoretical topics for discussion and research. Students' interactions with these visiting professionals exposes them to diverse viewpoints and provides networking opportunities.
Independent Studio continues the personal studio work initiated in Major Studio. Students maintain regular contact with their advisor through the online Cyber-Community Conference. Each semester's independent studio work culminates in a weeklong residency in January or June, during which group and individual critiques are conducted and the Graduate Advisory Committee assesses students' work.
Thesis and Exhibition prepares students for the thesis exhibition. Working closely with their advisors and graduate committee, students compose a written statement about their exhibits and complete an oral examination with the Graduate Advisory Committee.