University of Oregon

Overview of MFA, Department of Art

MFA, Photography


The UO MFA Program prepares students for serious and engaged art practice. Challenged to devise methods of experimentation and a significant understanding of historical and contemporary context, students develop an informed, independent practice, specific to their intentions and sensibilities. Working within and across the areas of sculpture, photography, digital arts, ceramics, drawing, fibers, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting and printmaking, the curriculum combines the best of both disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary thinking.

Classes in the photography area emphasize both process and concept and provide a balanced and integrated involvement between analog and digital processes. In an effort to stretch the student’s knowledge of the wide range of possibilities within this medium, we offer a diversity of courses such as Creative B&W Photography, Large Format, Digital Photography 1&2, Alternative Processes, Conceptual Strategies, Constructed Image, Advanced Photography, and contemporary critical theory courses.