24 months
36813 USD/year
36813 USD/year
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Refine your creative vision in Columbia College Chicago's selective Photography Master of Fine Arts program. Our faculty of award-winning photographers will guide you through this two-year program as you build a sophisticated body of work that you'll exhibit in public venues.


Key facts:

  • You'll have access to our advanced photography and fine art facilities, including graduate studio space, a digital imaging lab, a commercial lighting studio, and darkrooms. In a supportive critique setting, you'll share your work with our faculty members, guest curators, and visiting artists. You'll make professional connections through our partnerships with the Museum of Contemporary Photography and local galleries, museums, and studios.
  • Columbia College Chicago's MFA Photography program doesn't focus on one school of thought. Our students bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the program and continuously challenge, inform, and support each other.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Still/Moving: Photography&Video
  • Photographic History, Theory & Criticism: 1900-1989
  • Written Thesis
  • Photographic History, Theory & Criticism: 1989-Present
  • Research as Creative Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application fee: $60
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcript(s) from all colleges/universities attended
  • Personal Statement

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36813 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 73627 USD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    36813 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 73627 USD for the full programme during 24 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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