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Photographic & Electronic Media (MFA)

MICA's M.F.A. in Photographic and Electronic Media is a platform to explore the reverberating social and artistic uses of optical and electronic media.

The program prepares students to realize complex artistic projects while gaining the intellectual and technical skills for professional practice and teaching.

Program Overview

In developing their own work, students in the M.F.A. program follow two tracks:

  • practical research directed on production and implementation of a body of artwork;
  • and conceptual research that builds a solid critical and historical foundation for artistic practice.

The curriculum combines liberal arts coursework, regular critiques with faculty and visiting artists, and individual studio exploration. Graduate students at MICA have the resources for collaborative, cross-disciplinary exploration, and facilities include dedicated spaces for video production, sound (including a full sound studio) and a state-of-the-art computer lab, high-end output equipment, and traditional black-and-white and color darkrooms with 3-inch color processors. Students have full access to a broad range of DSLR, video (up to 4K), sound, and lighting equipment. Graduates are prepared to add to the discourse surrounding contemporary art as exhibiting artists, faculty, and critics.

Who Should Apply

Ideal candidates are highly-motivated and independent-minded individuals engaged in probing ideas, expanding definitions, and perfecting both technical and critical skills. The program seeks to enroll students who will seriously contribute to the radical shifts in the formation, dissemination, and unique historical challenges for image-making and media practices.

Featured Course

Background / Foreground

Experience the transformation of the three-dimensional world to a two-dimensional surface through the manipulation of light. Through advanced lectures, demonstrations, dark room lab time, critiques, readings, and discussions, we will also explore the influence of genre, the implications of the practice of the medium, and discern its impact on other artistic practices.

Gallery space with video, two paintings, and a sculptural work. The video still is of a striped screen with a man jumping backwards into space.
Installation of screens with video across all. Video stills include balloons and a person holding a bunch of balloons.
A man in a wolf mask stands in a kitchen cooking raw meat and drikning red wine.
Red print of an open mouth with a tiny framed image of a man inside.
Gallery space with video, two paintings, and a sculptural work. The video still is of a striped screen with a man jumping backwards into space.

The Mad Testaments

Photographic and Electronic Media M.F.A.

Artist
Gabriel C. Amadi-Emina
Date
2018
Credit

Joseph Hyde

Installation of screens with video across all. Video stills include balloons and a person holding a bunch of balloons.

Dreamland

Photographic and Electronic Media M.F.A.

Artist
Wenkai Li
Date
2018
Medium
Video
Credit

Joseph Hyde

A man in a wolf mask stands in a kitchen cooking raw meat and drikning red wine.

Kitchen

Photographic and Electronic Media M.F.A.

Artist
Cyrus Feldman
Date
2017
Medium
Photography
Credit

Joseph Hyde

Red print of an open mouth with a tiny framed image of a man inside.

Clinicals

Photographic and Electronic Media M.F.A.

Artist
Caitlin Curtis
Date
2017
Credit

Joseph Hyde

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