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Photography BFA

Approximately 80 undergraduate students share exceptional darkrooms, collaborative workspaces, and classrooms with our population of MFA and Post-Baccalaureate students. Our extensive facilities include a brand-new lighting studio, two gang darkrooms as well as individual darkrooms, a non-silver darkroom, three digital labs equipped with large format printers, Flextight scanners, and current Mac workstations running Adobe Creative Cloud.


  • Sophomores are taught medium and large large format analogue photography and are given a firm technical and aesthetic background in black and white and color photography. They also learn about photographic history as an artistic practice.
  • Juniors focus on digital photography and begin to work independently on long-term projects.
  • Seniors work in seminar-style final portfolio preparation courses. The senior class exhibits work publicly and produces a catalog.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Develop Visual & Aesthetic Skills
  • Composition
  • Black & White Printing Skills
  • Color Theory
  • Digital Media Skills
  • Large Format
  • Photo History 19th and 20th
  • Contemporary Trends in Photo
  • Professional Artistic Practice
  • Critical Analysis and Articulation
  • Develop Studio Practice

unique to massart 

Our celebrated Photography Lecture Series brings several speakers – artists, historians, editors, and curators from diverse backgrounds and geographic locations – to the college every semester. These are leading practitioners in the medium who inspire fresh conversations and new ideas amongst those in our department and in the broader public. We are located in the center of Boston’s dynamic intellectual and artistic community which offers an enormous resource replete with an almost endless array of lectures, exhibitions, films, and concerts. Visitors from all over the world can be found speaking in one venue or another every day of the week and most are open to the public. Such a vibrant community means that a plethora of internship opportunities are available in museums and galleries, at commercial studios, or with individual artists.

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