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Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree in Photography

The MFA degree provides advanced study for students pursuing a career in Photography. Studio courses focus on the techniques necessary to develop and master technical skills as well as a high level of concept and critical thinking. Graduate Liberal Arts courses promote the expression of ideas and effective communication utilizing visual, oral and written presentation skills. The program culminates with an independent Thesis Project. Students will graduate from the program equipped with a portfolio of work and prepared for professional opportunities in the field of Photography.

Learning Outcomes: Degree Breakdowns & Requirements: MFA Graduation Plan:

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

1 Historical Awareness & Aesthetic Sensitivity course
1 Cross Cultural Understanding course
1 Professional Practices & Communications course
1 Major designated Graduate Liberal Arts course

And:

  • Successful completion of Final Thesis Project
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units

 

Sample Graduation Plan
  1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year
FALL Studio
Studio
Studio
__________
9 units
MIDPOINT PRESENTATION
Studio
Studio
Graduate Liberal Arts
__________
9 units
Directed Study
Directed Study
Graduate Liberal Arts
__________
9 units
WINTER Intersession
SPRING Studio
Studio
Studio
__________
9 units
Directed Study
Directed Study
Elective
__________
9 units
FINAL PRESENTATION
Directed Study
Directed Study
__________
6 units
JUNE Intersession
SUMMER Studio
Graduate Liberal Arts
__________
6 units
Elective
Graduate Liberal Arts
__________
6 units



 
Totals 24 units 24 units 15 units
  Master of Fine Arts Degree
NOTES
  • Graduation plans may vary by individual degree progress
  • Graduate Academic Advisor approval is required for course loads exceeding 12 units for Fall or Spring semesters and exceeding 6 units in Summer semesters
  • Financial Aid is not available for intersessions
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