Photography

Communicate & influence through photographic imagery

Photography at Indiana University offers an opportunity for committed individuals to expand and advance their photographic practice in an environment of intensive interaction with a select group of peers. Students make, present, and interpret photography in a course of study that balances creative research, insight, intuition, and verbal articulation. Our M.F.A. program is the second oldest in the United States. We continue the tradition of leadership by teaching students to take risks in their studio practice and pursue professional goals in order to carve out individual pathways to success.

The M.F.A. program in photography at IU is the second oldest in the country—and we continue the tradition of leadership.

Choose from three dynamic degree paths

Photo facilities for any vision

From individual, fully furnished darkrooms to the latest printing facilities, our spaces and equipment offer students opportunities to create without limitations.

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Capture + compose

Students engage in individual investigation and research with one-on-one faculty mentorship. Undergraduate and graduate students bounce ideas off one another in seminars, group critiques, and discussions.

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Make photos in Japan

Experience both historical and modern Japanese culture through a series of field trips to notable museums and galleries, all while studying photography through the Kyoto University of Art and Design.

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Alumni making their mark

Adam Reynolds

M.F.A., ‘15

Adam Reynolds has a background in photojournalism and political science, which has led him to a career as a documentary photographer. His work focuses primarily on subjects of the Middle East, and he has been covering the region since 2007. Adam was awarded the prestigious Project Development Grant from the CENTER of Santa Fe for his ongoing series exploring Israel’s bomb shelters.

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