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Graduate School of Photography Overview

Photography is more than simple images. It's interpreting life as you see it and showing the world as you envision it. It's capturing a moment and sharing it with vivid clarity.

Academy of Art University MFA Photography program is a top photography graduate school. The school is known for grad students who are more than just technically proficient. They are storytellers behind the camera, transforming the everyday into images that are inspiring.

Students pursuing a masters degree in photography at Academy of Art University not only perfect their technique and build their portfolio through hands-on courses in San Francisco and online. They also learn to reveal their vision to the world and receive the opportunity to network with professional photographers.


Graduate Studio Courses

Combining a mastery of fundamentals with the latest digital techniques, Academy of Art University's photography graduate school guides students in producing a stunning portfolio.

Through the Academy's masters degree in photography, grad students experience hands-on studio courses that place emphasis on their own vision and developing their personal style. Studio courses in the MFA Photography masters degree program train your eye and enhance your technique regardless of which path you choose: Documentary, Advertising, Fashion or Fine Art Photography.

School of Photography graduate classes:

  • Digital Photography
  • The Nature of Photography
  • History of Photography
  • Photography-Concept
  • The Photographer and Photoshop
  • Color Theory for Photography
  • And More!

Professional Photography Opportunities

Academy of Art University offers professional networking opportunities that are unparalleled by any other graduate photography school. Students at the Academy learn from award-winning professional photographers, who offer the best insight into the world of working photographers.

In addition to working instructors, Academy of Art University offers students pursuing either a bachelor's or a masters degree in photography the chance to show their best work and interview with industry leaders at the Annual Spring Show.

Top companies from across the nation are eager to hire Academy of Art University graduates because of their mastery of skill, understanding of the photography business and compelling portfolios.

Photography career opportunities include:

  • Digital Photography Career
  • Fashion Photography Career
  • Advertising Photography Career
  • Editorial Photography Career
  • Fine Art Photography Career
  • Documentary Photography Career
  • Journalism Photography Career
  • Photo Journalist
  • Portrait Photography Career
  • Photo Technician
  • And More!

School of Photography's State-of-the-Art Facilities

Academy of Art University's San Francisco campus is ideal for emerging photographers. The facilities span four buildings, with all the cutting-edge equipment necessary for students to succeed in the photography graduate school. Graduate photography students have access to digital imaging/printing darkrooms, specialized working studios, lighting equipment and more.


Graduate Classes Online & in San Francisco

With photography graduate courses available online and in San Francisco, Academy of Art University has flexible programs for completing a masters degree in photography. Unlike any other online photography school programs, the Academy's online photography graduate classes engage students through an interactive format, with hands-on assignments and demo videos that students can watch at their convenience.

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