November 13, 2018

Call for applications: MFA in Photography

Pratt Institute

Chutian Shu (MFA '19), Untitled, 2018. Inkjet print, 44 x 100 inches.

Pratt Institute’s MFA in Photography will be accepting its first class in fall 2019 as a two-year (four-semester) terminal degree. Ranked among the top art and design schools in the world, Pratt Institute, located in the center of Brooklyn, is an exceptional place for artists who work with photography to study at the graduate level.

About the program
Our pedagogy encompasses lens and print-based technologies alongside the history and context for the making of photographic images and objects in the 21st century. Fluency in the language and currency of images in our cultural and media landscapes are a core value of our program. In addition to courses in photographic and interdisciplinary practice, each student in the program works in their own studio and in shared production facilities.

Visiting artists
Recent visitors have included: Lucas Blalock, Charlotte Cotton, Moyra Davey, Rineke Dijkstra, Nicole Eisenman, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Jason Fulford, Michelle Handelman, Lyle Ashton Harris, An-Me Lê, Leigh Ledare, Kalup Linzey, Zanele Muholi, Rashaad Newsome, Catherine Opie, Trevor Paglen, Eileen Quinlan, Kathy Ryan, Carrie Schneider, Stephen Shore, Taryn Simon, Lorna Simpson, Guido Van Der Werve, and Bryan Zanisnik.

The Photography Department at Pratt Institute is led by newly-appointed Chair Shannon Ebner.

Core MFA Photography faculty currently include the recently appointed Program Director Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Allen Frame, and Ann Mandelbaum. Affiliated faculty currently include Jim Costanzo, Stephen Hilger, John Lehr, Maika Pollack, Aura Rosenberg, Carrie Schneider, Carla Shapiro, and Anna Shteynshleyger in addition to faculty teaching core and elective classes throughout the Institute.

For applicants
We seek advanced applicants with interests in contemporary art practices of all varieties that rely heavily on the role of photographic imagery and imaging. This can include artists who use lens-based cameras, photosensitive chemistry and/or sensors; re-photography, aggregation, and quotation; and all approaches that fall under the umbrella of the photographic including research and critical positions with relation to the histories and practices of photography.

Apply now! View admissions requirements, and apply online.

Graduate merit-based scholarships are available to incoming domestic and international students based on merit. All students are considered upon acceptance; No scholarship application is necessary.

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Pratt Institute is ranked among the top design schools by BusinessWeek and fifth in the world out of 50 art and design colleges by QS World University Ranking by Subject. Most of Pratt’s individual programs are ranked among the top five and ten in the country. Top ranked programs, a distinguished faculty of practicing professionals, and ideally located campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan make Pratt an ideal choice for graduate study.

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