Columbia College Chicago

Photography MFA


600 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.F.A. - Photography

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Columbia College Chicago’s Photography, MFA program emphasizes aesthetic and conceptual development alongside innovative photographic technique. Students become immersed in a curriculum grounded in art history and theory, and develop a sophisticated body of work. Students also have access to extensive and advanced photographic facilities, including a digital imaging lab with more than 120 workstations, highly sophisticated scanning equipment, an assortment of large-format printers, four fully staffed darkrooms, two photography studios, and an inventory of professional lighting and camera equipment. The degree culminates in a thesis exhibition at Columbia’s prestigious Glass Curtain Gallery. Candidates of the Photography, MFA program will: • Have access to highly advanced facilities and equipment • Develop a sophisticated body of work and exhibit it in respected galleries • Enjoy personal attention and critiques by award winning full-time faculty consisting of four Guggenheim Fellows • Gain exposure to the current industry trends through guest lectures by visiting artists


Accredited at graduate and undergrad levels by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Also accredited as teacher training institution by Illinois State Board of Education

International Student Requirements:

International students are required to submit an official TOEFL score of 100 or greater on the internet based test. For more information about requirements for international students at the graduate level, please visit our website.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 60

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $1,000.00 USD

In State Tuition (per year): $60,000 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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