Graduate Program in Photography

Bard College offers graduate-level studies in photography. Bard MFA takes place over two years and two months, with students in residence on campus during three consecutive summers, and two winter sessions of independent study completed off campus. The day-to-day focus is on the individual process and work in progress, as each student confronts the conceptual and practical questions that are at the core of all artistic production. Work toward the M.F.A. degree continues during independent study sessions in the two intervening winters. The schedule of summers in residence and winter independent work can make earning the M.F.A. degree possible without sacrificing employment or other commitments. The result of this program design is a diverse group of students, including active mid-career artists, teachers, and professionals in other fields, as well as recent college graduates. For information, contact:

Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts
Phone: 845-758-7481
Fax: 845-758-7507


The ICP-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies is a two year program that offers a rigorous exploration of all aspects of photography through an integrated curriculum of professional and studio practice, critical study, and Resident Artist Projects. The graduate seminars, led by ICP-Bard core faculty members, blend in-depth study, intensive discussions, and individual work. Students also gain an understanding of the role of art historians through working with ICP's curatorial team and the Museum's extensive archives—learning how exhibitions are curated, archives are maintained, and research is conducted. In Resident Artist projects and internships, students learn firsthand from contemporary artists about the practical conditions of making art and innovative approaches to photographic practice. With its strong emphasis on writing, the program encourages students to articulate the relationship between their practice and that of other artists. Through ongoing studio work, critiques, and internships, students challenge their ideas and test new approaches to image making, synthesizing the program's varied experiences and defining their own way of working. For more information contact:

Phone: 212-857-0065

About Bard College

Bard College is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences, offering the bachelor of arts degree with concentrations in over forty academic programs in four divisions: the arts, languages and literature, natural sciences and mathematics, and social studies. Bard has approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 300 graduate students. The six-hundred acre campus is located in the beautiful Mid Hudson Valley, 90 miles north of New York City.

For More Information

Admission Office
Bard College, PO Box 5000,
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York 12504-5000
Phone: 845-758-7472
Fax: 845-758-5208


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