One of the first programs of its kind worldwide, the photography program at MICA was established more than 100 years ago.

Building on this legacy, the program today thoroughly examines both still and digital photography while encouraging a diversity of approaches. Students master technical skills as they work in state-of-the-art digital facilities, learn traditional and alternative darkroom processes, and develop a deep understanding of the medium's history and contemporary directions.

Program Overview

The Photography major at MICA approaches the discipline as a fine arts medium with a curriculum that thoroughly examines all aspects of both still and digital photography. You will develop strong technical skills and a deep understanding of photography's history and contemporary directions as you learn black-and-white printing and experiment with non-traditional processes, master the large format camera, and use the latest digital technology.

A sequence of upper-division courses guides students to build skills and explore the wide range of possibilities in photography. The required seminar, Contemporary Directions in Photography, investigates the production of photo-based media during the last 50 years, and an internship in a photography-related area is required for all majors. Recent internships have provided students with real-world experience in the full array of careers available in the field, including work in the studios of professional photographers, museums, newspapers, magazines, galleries, and medical institutions.

Our Facilities

The facilities in the photography department provide a professional workspace, state of the art digital lab, a professional studio and lighting systems, as well as fully equipped black and white and color darkrooms. The department's courses and facilities also serve students in other majors who have met course prerequisites.

Featured Course

Deconstructing the Photograph

How do we derive meaning from images? As artists, how can we ensure that our intended meanings are understood by our audiences? In this seven-week course, students will develop and hone their skills and instincts in “reading” their surroundings; not only imagery, but sound, speech, gesture, humor, relationships, and everything else that informs our understanding of the world.

Photo by Rachel Payne
Photo by Angelo Ries
Photo by Logan Schoeberlein
Photo by Lauren Bulbin
Photo by Rachel Payne

Unsettled 3

Photography B.F.A.

Artist
Rachel Payne
Date
2018
Photo by Angelo Ries

Haircut

Artist
Angelo Ries
Date
2018
Photo by Logan Schoeberlein

Untitled

Artist
Logan Schoeberlein
Date
2018
Photo by Lauren Bulbin

Faith

Artist
Lauren Bulbin
Date
2018
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