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MCAD’s photography major challenges you to consider photography as a way of knowing the world.

To this end, you become well-versed in the history, contemporary practices, and cultural impact of the medium. You are provided with a full range of technical skills that will serve you in both the applied and fine art fields. You are encouraged and expected to explore your ideas from a personal perspective and with rigor.

From your first compositions and critiques to real-world work experiences, the BFA curriculum is a systematic process that transforms you from an MCAD student into a creative professional.

Year One: MCAD Community

  • Develop your place in the MCAD community through classes, critiques, student activities, and more
  • Explore your major options
  • Take foundation classes
    • Studio: technical skills and work ethic
    • Liberal arts: art history and vocabulary

Year Two: Focusing Interests

  • Declare photography as your major
  • Build concentrated photography skills, both conceptual and technical

Year Three: The Community of Practice

Year Four: The Professional World

  • Deepen your investigation of and commitment to your body of work
  • Participate in the Emerging Talent Showcase and share your work with potential employers
  • Develop and complete a semester-long project to culminate in the Commencement Exhibition

Photography Major Outcomes

  • Reference photographic history and theory, the relationship of photography to the visual disciplines, and the central position of photography in twenty-first-century visual culture.
  • Demonstrate skills in the use of photographic tools, techniques, technologies, and processes sufficient to work from concept to finished work.
  • Explain aesthetic and commercial applications of photographic techniques.
  • Exhibit professional practices in terms of workflow and project management, including exhibition design, photobook production, and internet display.

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Total Credits: 
120

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