The graduate Photography program functions as a 21st-century studio and think tank. Students are encouraged to develop their individual vision in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment and to explore related technologies, focusing on the relationship between concept and production. A rigorous critique process and regular meetings with faculty, professional artists, and visiting critics help students develop individual points of view and situate themselves and their work within larger historical, theoretical, and contemporary visual contexts.
The goal of the 26-month program is to educate students about the evolving creative role of the photographer, particularly in relation to emerging imaging technologies and new media. This curriculum gives students a foundation in both the developing language of photography and the technology driving it. Graduates are prepared to define the creative role of photography within contemporary culture, whether as scholars or practicing artists.
Parsons' Photography program is distinguished by the diversity of its participants and of the perspectives and styles they bring to their work. Most applicants accepted to the program have undergraduate or graduate degrees in photography, video, or related media. Those with degrees in an unrelated discipline should have considerable experience working in the field.