December 11, 2013

Call for applications: Syracuse University’s MFA photography program

Syracuse University
Clockwise from top left: Sarah Pfohl (2013), Rose Marie Cromwell (2012), Andrew Frost (2012), Leah Edelman-Brier (2013), Ben Jackson (2013), Victor Rivera (2013)

Syracuse University’s MFA photography program offers an intimate and rigorous interdisciplinary course of study emphasizing development of the professional, technical and intellectual skills necessary to create visually and conceptually ambitious work. As a student in our program, you will be immersed in an animated curriculum designed to produce artists with an original and sophisticated aesthetic. Students also benefit from our close affiliation with Light Work, a world-class, artist-run photography institution housed on the Syracuse University campus. Between the contemporary programing at Light Work and our visiting artist program, our students receive mentoring from some of the art world’s leading artists and curators.

Graduate students admitted to the program benefit from substantial financial assistance. Admitted MFA applicants receive 13,000 USD or more in scholarships per year of study, bringing student tuition costs to approximately 10,000 USD a year. In addition to these awards, many of our students receive teaching assistantships and fellowships.

The photo faculty—Doug DuBois, Laura Heyman, Yasser Aggour and Susannah Sayle—is a diverse group of working artists who have a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary photography and are experienced in documentary, video, conceptual and performance art, as well as curatorial practices. Our facilities include lighting studios with digital capture, digital editing, Imacon film scanners, and archival inkjet printing, as well as traditional black-and-white darkrooms capable of processing and printing large-format film up to 8×10 inches. The equipment cage contains a wide variety of cameras, including 35mm, 6x7cm and 4×5 film cameras; 5D, DX and FX DSLRs for still and video capture; as well as portable strobes and continuous lighting kits. MFA candidates also have membership at Light Work/Community Darkrooms. Its facilities include digital editing, high-end film scanning, and mural-sized archival inkjet printing up to 60 inches wide.

MFA candidates have the opportunity to visit and participate in exhibitions at a number of internationally recognized venues, including the Everson Museum, SUArt Galleries, and Urban Video Project. In addition, students have the opportunity to study abroad in numerous off-campus programs, including courses in Prague, Berlin, London, New York City, and Los Angeles.

Applications for Fall 2014 admission to our MFA program are now available online. The final deadline for applications is February 1.

Visiting Artists

An-My Lê
Collier Schorr
Jason Fulford
Shimon Attie
Alec Soth
Leigh Ledare
Elinor Carucci
Penelope Umbrico
Jörg M. Colberg
Kelly Reichardt
Susan Meiselas
Zoe Strauss
Carrie Mae Weems
David Ross
Sam Falls
Mitch Epstein
John Gossage
Arnold Kemp
Peter Galassi
Jackie Nickerson
Deana Lawson

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