The New School

26 months
1625 USD/credit
1625 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Photography program of The New School prepares students to become practicing artists and scholars who redefine the creative role of photography within contemporary culture.


The Photography program of The New School challenges students to move beyond current paradigms, anticipating and setting trends rather than following them.

Flexible and Independent

The flexible 26-month, 60-credit MFA Photography curriculum enables students to undertake local internships and apprenticeships and participate in international projects. The program begins with an eight-week summer session in residence at Parsons, the first of three, in which students attend lectures by and meet with visiting artists, curators, and critics. Recent visitors include Elinor Carucci, Lisa Oppenheim, Eva Respini, Anna Ostoya, Charlotte Cotton, Tehching Hsieh, Matthew Buckingham, Baseera Khan, Louise Lawler, Leslie Hewitt, Penelope Umbrico, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mariah Robertson, Jill Magid, Dread Scott, and Artie Vierkant. In the fall and spring semesters, students engage in faculty-supervised independent study and fulfill course requirements on campus or online.

Future Opportunities

Graduates go on to publish, exhibit internationally, and work in related positions. They pursue careers such as commercial photography, editorial photography, fashion photography, documentary production, and fine art.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Major Studio
  • Independent Studio
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Teaching Methods
  • Thesis and Exhibition

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 26 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • The application fee is $50. The fee is paid through the online application and is non-refundable. There is also a $10 SlideRoom fee
  • Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Portfolio
  • All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1625 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1625 USD per credit and a duration of 26 months.
  • National

    1625 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1625 USD per credit and a duration of 26 months.


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