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College of Arts & Sciences
School of Visual Art and Design



The photography program in Art Studio is located on the second floor of the McMaster College.  We offer a classroom with print finishing and display areas, two black & white darkrooms with a total of 20 enlargers (including 3 new Saunders 4x5 VCCE's), a film developing area, and a fully equipped lighting studio.  Digital facilities include: film and flatbed scanners, large-format inkjet printers, piezography and archival inkjet output, a comprehesive ICC profile library, and 20 calibrated E-Mac workstations.  A selection of cameras and equipment are available for check-out through Media Services.

In the Art Studio photography program, emphasis is on personal exploration of ideas within the context of contemporary art and critical theory. BFA photography students will explore a variety of techniques & concepts including: advanced black & white printing, medium & large-format, studio lighting, digital imaging, non-silver, early processes, critical theory, and career practices. At the 400-level, students pursue individual projects in depth and work to create a course web gallery and an editioned portfolio project.    Additionally, 400-level students complete an individual portfolio and group exhibition.

The photography concentration in Studio Art prepares students for a variety of careers including:  fine art photographer, educator, curator, critic, gallery owner, and arts administrator.

The MFA degree in photography consists of a 60 hour program of study, which typically takes three years to complete. Successful completion of the program requires an understanding of one’s work within the context of critical theory and contemporary art.  Upon completion of the degree rquirements, students are expected to demonstrate expertise within the field of photography through the exhibition of a substantial body of work.