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Photography and Related Media MFA

Earn your graduate photography degree at RIT, ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the 6th best fine arts school for a graduate degree in photography.

Program skills

The program provides students with the opportunity to use the still and moving image as a means to develop as a practicing artist, pursue a professional career and earn a livelihood, enrich their personal lives and society as a whole, and create a community of creativity, scholarship, and purpose.

Program facilities equipment

Graduate students have dedicated individual studio spaces as well as dedicated digital labs. They work with an abundance of equipment in imaging and printing technologies for traditional, alternative and digital fine art applications. Graduate students have access to up-to-date computers, scanners, software, and printers. A wide variety of shooting studios are also available, along with a dedicated graduate space for experimental activities and displays. The Photo School “Cage” contains a wide-range of DSLR and video cameras, including Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Leica, as well as a large inventory of lenses. There is also a significant inventory of medium format and large format cameras as well as a myriad of accessories for the still and moving image.


The MFA program in photography and related media is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education and Internships 

What makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete relevant, hands-on career experience. At the graduate level, and paired with an advanced degree, cooperative education and internships give you the unparalleled credentials that truly set you apart. Learn more about graduate co-op and how it provides you with the career experience employers look for in their next top hires.

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Co-op in the College of Art and Design provides hands-on experience that enables you to apply your artistic capabilities in dynamic professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

Cooperative education, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities are encouraged for graduate students in the MFA in photography and related media.