Turn your passion into a career. At the Academy of Art University’s School of Photography, you have every opportunity and resource to advance your passion into a finished body of work. Learn from a faculty of working professionals and begin your new adventure today.
Top Distance learning Master's Degrees in Photography. Turn your passion into a career. At the Academy of Art University’s School of Photography, you have every opportunity and resource to advance your passion into a finished body of work. Learn from a faculty of working professionals and begin your new adventure today.
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree
The MFA program provides advanced practice and intensive study of the photographic medium. Core curriculum covers historical perspective, advanced theoretical and conceptual development in traditional, experimental and digital photography capture, post-production and output. The program culminates with a formal thesis project and complete body of work that supports the thesis and showcases each student's unique vision and talent.
MFA Photography Unit Requirements
Major 27 units
Directed Study 18 units
Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units
Electives* 6 units
TOTAL 63 units
*Per director approval
MFA Photography Degree Requirements
Successful completion of Final Thesis Project
Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units
MFA Program Learning Outcomes
Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
MFA Thesis Project
Produce an advanced-level thesis project within a digital or traditional specialization, demonstrating mastery and synthesis of the skills taught in the program.
Thesis Project Development
Propose a solid concept suitable for refinement and development.
Select an appropriately challenging and feasible project.
Present a cohesive body of work
Successfully articulate the end result of the project.
Demonstrate sufficient preparation for their project (research, problem solving)
Conceptual and Design Skills
Make creative decisions that optimize conceptual impact, cohesiveness and personal style
Integrate conceptual and technical elements of photography to convey a story, idea, or emotion
Effectively deploy design elements within the composition and presentation of the imagery.
Utilize effective lighting styles, techniques and equipment appropriate to art for commerce, photojournalism/documentary, or fine art applications, as determined by projects and professional focus
Master exposure, lighting ratios, and post–production skills as appropriate to the project.
Communication and Analysis
Communicate ideas and proposals clearly, verbally and in writing, including defending work and choices made during capture, output and presentation
Demonstrate professional behavior throughout the review process
Critique their photographs with an understanding of technical, aesthetic, and historical context
Build on feedback to improve their body of work
Assemble a cohesive portfolio, which shows a unique personal view and style.
Produce and present professional quality materials
Clearly articulate future plans and goals in the area of photographic specialty
Effectively library and archive complete body of work
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status.