University of Hartford’s New Alternative MFA Program

The University of Hartford Art School Low -Residency MFA in Photography is an exciting new format in which qualified students can pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography. It differentiates itself from existing programs in that the new program is a limited-residency program. Specifically students attend the program for 3 Summers and 2 Years. Each summer session meets at the University in the USA for an intensive 2 week period, during which students and faculty interact inside and outside the classroom almost 24/7. In addition during the Fall and Spring sessions the class will meet at off-site locations (New York City, Berlin/Leipzig and other sites ) for an intensive 6-9 day period. In the time between official sessions each student will be in regular contact with their Thesis Advisor. This model allows for students who are highly motivated to pursue a higher degree while still continuing with their lives and other commitments-work, family etc. The program is a full 60 credit curriculum of study and allows especially Foreign Students the opportunity to study in the program while still residing in their home countries the majority of the time.

The roster of faculty will include well-known Professors , Curators, Gallerists, and others in the field of photography from the USA, Europe, Asia and elsewhere. The emphasis of the program is for students to produce a strong body of work with an accompanying publication and to inform the students of the pedagogical forms/methods that can be used in teaching photography. Some of the faculty include: Prof. Mary Frey, Dr.Joerg Colberg (of the blog Conscientious), Prof. Doug Dubois, Adam Bartos, Alice Rose George, Helen Van Meene, Alec Soth, Marc Joseph Berg and others. The director of the program is Robert Lyons.

Sounds like an interesting structure with some great photographers/instructors. The set-up sounds a bit like Bard’s MFA program at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts (not the Bard-ICP program) except at Bard, I believe the summer sessions are full-time and not just for two-weeks.

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3 Responses to University of Hartford’s New Alternative MFA Program

  1. Todd Walker says:

    Befuddled that I can’t find info on this online. Where did you quote this from?

  2. The low residency photo MFA program at Parsons is also structured in a similar way (with full time summers).

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