Tyler’s MFA in Photography is an exceptionally diverse program, enlivened by students who come to it from all over the United States and abroad and work in a variety of approaches to the photographic medium. An interdisciplinary approach to the arts supports versatility in our program.
Tyler’s MFA in photography was the first program of its kind in the United States, as well as the first program to offer classes in color photography. The program stresses a balance between knowledge of historical processes and exploration of the newest technologies and a solid critical understanding of photography in an intimate working environment.
MFA students expand the technical and conceptual approaches to their work through studio and seminar classes, and become actively involved in the broader art community by curating an ongoing series of exhibitions by established and emerging artists. Close associations with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Print Center, with other arts institutions and with faculty at other schools keep graduate students connected to their peers and current approaches to their craft. Many opportunities are available to extend learning through internships, exhibitions and intensive professional career options. The proximity to New York and Washington have enhanced the educational experience and MFA students have gone on to careers as curators, teachers, photo editors, commercial photographers, gallery owners, fine arts administrators and studio artists.
Whatever path students choose, the Tyler MFA in Photography gives graduates the blend of technical, conceptual, and critical skills necessary to enter the field of their choice at the highest professional level.