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Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Integrated Media

Photography + Integrated Media — Master of Fine Arts

What you’ll learn

The Photography + Integrated Media Area offers an innovative M.F.A. curriculum that defines photographic practice in its most inclusive and experimental manifestations. 

The strength of the Photography + Integrated Media program lies in its leadership in innovative teaching, in it’s latest technology, and providing modern and spacious facilities. The curriculum encourages experimentation with a wide variety of processes and platforms ranging from black and white photography, to digital imaging and video, to interdisciplinary practice. Through strong technical and conceptual training, the program stresses the development of the photographer as an artist and the use of lens-based technologies as vital tools of creative expression, preparing students for rewarding careers in the field.

The Photography + Integrated Media Area consists of over 11,000 square feet of space located on two floors of Seigfred Hall. Four large communal B&W darkrooms contain over 50 enlargers, including 27 new Beseler 23 Cs. The color facilities include five color darkrooms and a Hope color print processing machine. Two large lighting studios, a digital imaging facility with Power Macintoshes, scanners, and a large scale color printer provide digital and image reproduction resources.

Explore topics like:

  • Persona, performance and image
  • Documentary, ethnicity & identity
  • Interactive installation, technology, coding
  • Alternative processes such as video, 3-D printing, laser cutting, vinyl cutting
  • Aesthetics, place & space, ecologies
  • Politics, social practice, entrepreneurship
  • Pedagogy and professional practices in Photography & Integrated Media


The program builds upon the legacy of the historically renowned Clarence White School of Photography in New York, which was re-established at Ohio University in 1948 by his son, Clarence White, Jr., creating the first degree-granting program in photography at a major university in the country. The program has trained many successful alumni who are leaders in the field, and whose honors include Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.

The Photography + Integrated Media Area hosts the Clarence White Jr. Fund Photography Lecture Series that features leading artists and scholars in the field of photographic media. These artists are an invaluable aspect of the program, meeting with students during their visits. Past visiting artist have included Nancy Davenport, Sadie Benning, Liz Deschenes, Kahn/Selesnick, Dan Graham, Geoffrey Batchen, Catherine Wagner, Jan Avgikos, Jim Campbell, Craig Kalpakjian, Nan Goldin, Clarissa Sligh, Burt Barr and Moyra Davey.

Career opportunities

Our students regularly go on to receive Fulbright Awards, national artist-in-residencies, gallery representation, university teaching positions and other types of professional positions in the field as post-graduates.

Areas of focus include:

  • Professional gallery representation; professional studio
  • University teaching positions
  • Artist-in-residencies
  • Fullbright awardees
  • Arts administration/museum and/or non-profit positions
  • Creative director, merchandiser, commercial photography/ video/ film, web designer
  • Gallery manager, owner, curator
  • Art writer, librarian or consultant
  • Studio assistant

Connect With Us

Find out more: ouphoto-media.org

The strength of the Photography + Integrated Media program lies in its leadership in innovative teaching. Its faculty encourage a diverse range of artistic practice founded upon a rigorous intellectual base and encourages a wide variety of processes and platforms ranging from black and white photography to digital imaging and video, to interdisciplinary practice.

Applying to the program

For application into the M.F.A. in Photography + Integrated Media, both a Graduate College (online application) as well as School of Art + Design, Photography + Integrated Media Area application must be received. Please adhere to the following check-list in preparing both of these areas of application. Applications must be postmarked by February 1.

M.F.A. in Photography + Integrated Media

  • Online Application--through Ohio University Graduate College online application portal at http://www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply
  • Application Fee--$50 for US Citizens, $55 for International (credit card or electronic check only)
  • Letter of Intent/Statement of Purpose
  • Artist Statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Three Letters of Reference

Send to Graduate College, Research & Tech Building, 2nd Floor, Room 220, Athens, OH 45701:

  • 1 Official Sets of Transcripts

Through the online application service at ouschoolofart.slideroom.com

  • 20 examples of artistic work with Information about each artwork
  • $10 SlideRoom application fee

Note: NO MATERIALS other than your official transcripts should be sent through standard mail.

Portfolios on CD or DVD will not be considered.


If you’d like more information about the photography and integrated media program, reach out to Professor Laura Larson.


Laura Larson

Area Chair
Photography + Integrated Media

(740) 566-6468