This 60 credit MFA is designed to be a full-time, two-and-a-half-year program. The curriculum includes studio courses in photography, visual books, film and video, professional skills in collections, exhibitions, and publications as well as historical and contemporary research into the above areas.


  • Students start the program in the fall by taking three core studio classes in photography, books, and moving images as well as a graduate seminar. Subsequent semesters are made up of a mix of studio classes or professional practice courses like Collections or Exhibitions Management, graduate seminars, electives in other disciplines, three summer workshops, thesis research, an external internship, and final thesis.

  • Alicia Taylor, Blind Contours, artist's book detail (2013), from VSW MFA thesis exhibition
  • Fall One (12 credits)

    • Core 1: Photography
    • Core 2: Books
    • Core 3: Moving Images
    • Graduate Seminar 1

    Spring/Summer One (18 credits)

    • Studio Practice 1
    • Professional Practice 1
    • Elective*
    • Graduate Seminar 2
    • 3 summer workshops

    Fall Two (12 credits)

    • Studio Practice 2
    • Professional Practice 2
    • Elective*
    • Graduate Seminar 3

    Spring Two (12 credits)

    • Studio Practice 3
    • Professional Practice 3
    • Graduate Seminar 4
    • Thesis Research and Graduate Review

    Fall Three (6 credits)

    • External Internship
    • Final Thesis Project and Presentation
  • Fumiko Koizumi, Along the Way, installation detail (2011), from VSW MFA thesis exhibition
  • Certificate in Arts Administration*
    Students may obtain a Certificate in Arts Administration by taking the two required Electives courses in The College at Brockport, SUNY’s Public Administration department. Qualifying courses include Grant Writing/Grant Managment, Fundraising and Development, Nonprofit Management, Marketing for Nonprofits, Financial management, and fundraising and development, amongst others.