Graduate Bulletin

Photography, M.F.A.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

Applications are evaluated together after the deadline date.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members/gallery directors/curators familiar with academic and artistic competence.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

40 undergraduate studio credits and 12 art history credits, along with a completed baccalaureate degree.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A degree and a portfolio in Photography, appropriate to the discipline to which one is applying, is required.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements: your specific interest in Tyler's program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and artistic achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.


The portfolio should include 20 slides of original work specific to the discipline of Photography.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Upon approval of the appropriate department chairperson and the Associate Dean, up to nine credits of post-graduate work may be transferred into the M.F.A. program as art history or studio electives. Only credits received within five years of the transfer request are eligible. No decisions are made concerning transfer credits until students have successfully completed 15 matriculated credit hours at Tyler. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 9.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 60

Required Courses:

Graduate Seminar in Photo - 4 semesters

Graduate Projects in Photo - 4 semesters

Graduate Photo Studios - 3 semesters

Inderdisciplinary Seminar - 1 semester

Studio Electives - 4 semesters

Graduate Art History - 4 semesters

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

An approved thesis exhibition, written statement, and slide portfolio are required at the final review to meet M.F.A. requirements.

Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

Graduate Admissions Office

Tyler School of Art
7725 Penrose Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Department Contacts:


Carmina Cianciulli


Program Coordinator:

Michael Becotte


Graduate Chairperson:

Martha Madigan



Stephanie Knopp


About the Program

The graduate program in Photography is a two-year, 60-credit hour program leading to the Master of Fine Arts Degree. The Photography Program offers a variety of specialized workshops focusing on current cultural and personal issues. Within the M.F.A. program, we encourage the development of an intimate and productive working environment utilizing a variety of photographic and digital media, resulting in an individual thesis exhibition.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Full-time status is required.

Department Information:

Graduate Admissions Office

Tyler School of Art
7725 Penrose Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Interdisciplinary Study:

The focus in Photography is augmented and balanced by specially designed graduate-level art history courses and seminars, a required interdisciplinary seminar, and studio electives that assure cross-disciplinary contact among students.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:

Tyler students may elect to spend a semester or year in the Rome program, subject to the approval of the Photography faculty.


Tyler School of Art is ranked among the top ten graduate programs for art by U.S. News & World Report graduate edition.


This degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Areas of Specialization:

The Photography Area houses studios that facilitate the use of various creative approaches to the medium, including handmade cameras, large format photography, offset production, experimental and digital imaging, historical processes, critical theory, professional digital color, black-and-white printmaking, and career options for artists.

Job Placement:

The M.F.A. program prepares graduates for careers as professional phtotographers and educators. M.F.A. graduates also explore the many fields of applied art and act as curators, critics, and researchers.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

The M.F.A. program does not accept non-matriculated students.

Financing Opportunities

The principal duties of the Teaching Assistant (TA) or Academic Intern (AI) include assisting faculty members in preparing apparatus or materials for demonstrations and maintenance and/or monitoring of studio and exhibition areas and equipment.

December 2007