Work by Rodrigo Valenzuela in 2012 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery; photo by Sam Cook
Photomedia / About

The MFA program in Photomedia invites exploration in any form or format including analog photography, digital imaging, video and installation. It is an intensive, two-year experience of classes, seminars, individual consultations with faculty and independent research that culminates in the Master of Art Thesis exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery. The number of graduate students is held to a maximum of six to insure both a lively group dynamic as well as allow closer individual interaction with the three photography faculty. Six to eight teaching assistantships are available each year and offer exceptional experience for those interested in pursuing a teaching career. Graduate students are provided with studio space and 24 hour access to the photographic facilities. The School of Art Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar (ART 590), taken by a wide range of graduate students throughout the Art Division, creates a community with other graduate students and faculty in the School of Art.

We encourage our students to take advantage of the considerable additional resources available to them at a major research university such as UW: the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXArts); the active exhibition schedule of shows, lectures and events at the University’s Henry Art Gallery and Jacob Lawrence Gallery and the extraordinary range of classes and institutes available at the University of Washington. Faculty, staff and students are also highly active in the dynamic Seattle artistic community.

“The atmosphere of the Photomedia MFA program is tight-knit and supportive. I have grown as an artist (and person) here through spending time in conversation with the Photomedia faculty; they have cultivated my strengths and weakness in productive ways, reaffirmed my ambitions, and given me an education beyond the realm of academia.”

Dakota, Photomedia MFA 2013

“I enjoy studying at a large research university where I can work with students from many different departments including design, architecture, and even biology.”

John, Photomedia MFA 2014