Continuing a tradition of leadership in photographic education, the program in Photography at Indiana University offers an opportunity for talented and committed individuals to advance their photographic work in an envirnoment of intensive interaction with a select group of peers. The study in Photography balances a central insight and verbal articulation. The program goes about these objectives in a combination of ways. Graduate students are given fully furnished individual darkrooms in the recently remodeled Photography area. The Photography program is supplemented by a series of visiting artists. In the past few years, Jonathan Green, Joel-Peter Witkin, Emmet Gowin, Tony Medoza, Bea Nettles, Jerry Uelsmann, Carrie Mae Weems, Andres Serrano, and Manual among others, have worked with graduate students.
MFA Photography Program
Started by the legendary photographer/educator Henry Holmes Smith, the MFA program in photography at Indiana University is the second oldest in the United States. Continuing a tradition of leadership in photographic education, the program offers an opportunity for talented and committed individuals to advance their photographic work in an environment of intensive interaction with a selected group of their peers. MFA study in Photography includes individual investigation under one-on-one faculty supervision, formal coursework taken electively both within and outside of fine arts, and graduate photography seminars in which individual activities are brought into focus through group critiques and discussion. Many of our graduates go on to teach at the university-level. They have recently received tenure-track positions at such schools as Kalamazoo College, Wooster College, RIT, UNLV, Loyola University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Denison University, SUNY-Stonybrook and University of Oklahoma. Recent graduates have been recipients of Fulbright fellowships to photograph in Europe, and have been actively exhibiting work at such venues as Catherine Edelmen Gallery (Chicago), Flatfile Gallery (Chicago), the Whitney Biennial, Fotofest (Houston), and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
The MFA program entails 60 credit hours of work, the bulk of which is completed prior to formal admission to candidacy for the degree. After admission to candidacy, students work to prepare their Thesis Exhibition. The thesis stage is normally completed in one semester. Thus, the MFA in Photography is considered a three year degree. Specific coursework is decided on in consultation with the Photography faculty.