MFA in Photography applications open for fall 2020

MFA in Photography applications open for fall 2020

Pratt Institute

Courtesy of Pratt Institute.

September 30, 2019
MFA in Photography applications open for fall 2020

Application deadline: January 5, 2020
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11205

Pratt Institute’s MFA in Photography is a two-year (four-semester) terminal degree program. We welcome 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 materials 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, both still and moving.

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

Guest artists
Spring 2020 Visiting Critic for the program will be Carissa Rodriguez. Recent visitors have included: Rhea Anastas, Yto Barrada, Lucas Blalock, Charlotte Cotton, Moyra Davey, Rineke Dijkstra, Nicole Eisenman, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Jason Fulford, Lucy Gallun, Michelle Handelman, Lyle Ashton Harris, Leslie Hewitt, An-My Lê, Leigh Ledare, Zoe Leonard, Kalup Linzy, Zanele Muholi, Rashaad Newsome, Catherine Opie, Trevor Paglen, Eileen Quinlan, Kathy Ryan, Stephen Shore, Taryn Simon, Lorna Simpson, Guido Van Der Werve, and Bryan Zanisnik.

Core MFA Photography faculty currently include Program Director Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Allen Frame, and Ann Mandelbaum. Affiliated faculty include the Chair of the Photography Department Shannon Ebner, Farah Al Qasimi, Anna Collette, Jim Costanzo, Patrice Helmar, Aura Rosenberg, Carrie Schneider, Carla Shapiro, and Anna Shteynshleyger in addition to Fine Arts and Photography faculty teaching core and elective classes throughout the interdisciplinary program

For applicants
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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Contact: T 800 331 0834 / admissions [​at​]

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.

Upcoming event
Teaching Photographs
October 10–12, 2019
Teaching Photographs is a 3-day symposium around the pedagogy inherent in the photographic.

This engagement will be a gathering conversation about the present and future of images, representation, and learning. We aim to explore the space and transmission of knowledge within the photograph, and within the social spaces that hold photographic meaning. For this purpose, we have gathered roughly a dozen artists, scholars, professors, writers, and curators to engage in lectures, panel discussions, screenings, and experimental workshops.

Participants: Fia Backström, Pradeep Dalal, Leslie Hewitt, Matt Keegan, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Anouk Kruithof, Julie Pochron, Josephine Pryde, Stephanie Syjuco, Sara VanDerBeek, Carmen Winant, Joanna Zylinska

Full schedule. Participant bios. More information. RSVP.

Support for Teaching Photographs, Pratt Institute: Photography Department / School of Art, Dean’s Office / MFA Program in Photography / Academic Senate

Access to Pratt programs and activities
Pratt strives to make all programs, services and activities accessible, and will provide assistance to accommodate any individuals with disabilities. Security personnel, located at booths at 200 Willoughby Avenue and other campus locations, are available for assistance. Additional accessibility resources are available at

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