University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

24 months
22183 USD/year
22183 USD/year
12292 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Photography program of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is based on the belief that photography has a unique ability to merge new technologies as well as cultural and historical influences with artistic production.


Placing our degree within the Design context allows the MFA Photo candidate to gain access to a broader array of faculty conversant with new technologies and design theory which in turn enables candidates to acquire and utilize a more professionally oriented degree and skill set.

MFA candidates develop a thesis project based on their own unique research. The thesis requires both visual and written components which are intellectually, formally, and technically rigorous. Students of the Photography program of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth form a committee based on their thesis topic, choosing from faculty who provide a wide variety of viewpoints and expertise.

In addition to access to the photographic facilities on the main campus—which include a state of the art media lab with 48” Epson color printer, black and white darkrooms and professional lighting studio—MFA students are supplied with graduate studios at our Star Store campus in New Bedford. This downtown arts campus houses all disciplines in graduate study, fostering a communal artistic environment in which multi-discipline projects and collaborations are possible.

Opportunities both to exhibit and curate exhibitions are available at the Star Store's 244 Gallery for graduate students.

Artistic development, professional advancement

The Master of Fine Arts is generally recognized as the highest degree offered in the visual arts. It qualifies the recipient for professional work and positions in higher education within a variety of disciplines. There are also numerous allied career paths, such as curatorial work, arts administration, art direction, and publishing, which benefit from the level of accomplishment the Master of Fine Arts degree entails.

The faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts believe that the best graduate education is achieved through individualized attention to each student, and prides itself in the quality of the facilities and equipment.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methods & Theory In Art History
  • Graduate Seminar I
  • Graduate Seminar II: On Creativity
  • Visual Thesis
  • Writing Seminar

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 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

  • Portfolio of 20 images representing your art work, process of thinking, implementation of concepts, and studio production. The portfolio is the equivalent of the entrance examinations which other academic areas often require. 
    • Statement of purpose (minimum 300 words)
    • Resume
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless if a credential is earned or not)
    • 2 letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22183 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22183 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    22183 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22183 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    12292 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12292 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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