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 film 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.

Our Facilities

The facilities in the photography department provide a professional workspace, including  state of the art digital labs, a professional lighting studio and portable lighting systems, fully equipped traditional black and white darkrooms, and facilities for antiquarian and alternative processes. The department's courses and facilities also serve students in other majors who have met course prerequisites.

Featured Course

Picturing the Third Dimension

Explore the inherent dimensionality of the photograph, from the physical presence of the print to the expanding relationship between photography and the sculptural form. The photograph, which purports to transmute reality into a fixed 2D realm, can distort, complicate, and tease constructed materials and environments (both physical and digital) to great effect. Similarly, the photograph can quickly become a 3D object with the act of folding a printed image in half. Through a series of assignments, aimed at establishing the technical and critical means by which to investigate what constitutes a photograph, students make work and pose questions that probe the ever-shifting boundaries of the Post-Internet image.

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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