Post-baccalaureate Program

Photograph by Barbara Bosworth
"Mom at Christmas, Salinas," by Barbara Bosworth

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program is an intensive, full-time, one-year course of study for those seeking an advanced level of discourse, both technical and theoretical, about the medium of photography. The program provides an individualized curriculum for students who wish to develop their portfolios and their skills to prepare for future graduate school or as an end in itself.

Students participate in a weekly Major Studio seminar which includes critique, visiting artists, field trips, and meetings with curators and gallerists. In addition, photography post-baccalaureate students enroll in elective photography classes, technical courses, and art history electives.


Faculty include Barbara Bosworth (Chair), Matthew Connors, David Hilliard, Laura McPhee, Abelardo Morell (Emeritus), Matthew Monteith and Nick Nixon, Irina Rozovsky.

Visiting Artists and Lectures

Visiting artists are an integral part of both the MFA and Post-Bac programs, and the department has an outstanding artist and critic lecture series. Visitors have included: Sama Alshaibi, Yto Barrada, Roger Ballen, Walead Beshty, Elinor Carucci, James Casebere, William Christenberry, Lois Conner, Linda Connor, Charlotte Cotton, Gregory Crewdson, Tim Davis, P. L. DiCorcia, Dru Donovan, Jim Dow, Jessica Eaton, Mitch Epstein, Roe Ethridge, Joan Fontcuberta, Jason Fulford, Katy Grannan, Emmet Gowin, Andy Grundberg, Leslie Hewitt, Justine Kurland, Deana Lawson, Laura Letinsky, Susan Meiselas, Nicholas Muellner, Zanele Muholi, Vik Muniz, Laurel Nakadate, Adi Nes, Doug Nickel, Arthur Ou, Sandra Phillips, Eva Respini, Thomas Roma, Luc Sante, Gary Schneider, Fazal Sheikh, Erin Shirreff, Stephen Shore, Rebecca Solnit, Alec Soth, Jem Southam, Lucy Soutter, Larry Sultan, Shellburne Thurber, and Penelope Umbrico.


Photography post-baccalaureate students share a digital studio with MFA candidates equipped with large format printers, Flextight scanners, and Mac towers with the latest Adobe software.

Located on the same floor as labs for the approximately 110 photography students pursuing BFA degrees at MassArt, Post-bac students are welcome in non-silver, and traditional black & white darkrooms and the Polaroid 20x24 studio. Photography faculty have offices on this floor and are available to students during weekly office hours.

phone: (617) 879-7203

View the 2015 MFA Thesis Catalog

2016 MFA Thesis Catalog