MFA Program

Program Description

The Ithaca College low-residency Image Text MFA is a unique terminal degree program focused on the intersection of writing and photography.

Students in our exploratory, flexible and innovative twenty-five month program will work directly with faculty and visiting artists during three annual month-long summer sessions in Ithaca, New York and during two annual week-long winter session (once during each of the two winters of the program) in a major international cultural center (London in 2017; Mexico City in 2018). During the fall and spring academic terms, students will pursue independent study in close consultation with their faculty advisor.

Integrating theoretical and conceptual studies with intensive creative practice, the program seeks to create a community that brings photography and writing into a shared arena of discussion, including, but not limited to, cross-disciplinary and collaborative work. This approach evolves out of the intensive creative interactions featured in our previous ITI Workshops, where writers and photographers, both emerging and established, gathered to share and make work in an open, experimental and playful environment.

Scholarships for national and international applicants will be available on a competitive basis.

We welcome applicants with backgrounds in writing, photography and other lens-based media, and artists working across these forms and disciplines. Experience in both text and image-making is not required, but applicants must submit a portfolio that demonstrates sustained work in at least one of these areas, if not both.

The Image Text Program hosts the Image Text Ithaca Press. The ITI press, modeled on contemporary photographic and literary small presses, publishes innovative text and image works by national and international writers and artists. Graduate students have the opportunity to work closely with the press.

Students in the MFA program have year-round access to the Park School of Communications and its state-of-the-art photography, film/video and audio facilities and equipment. These include two digital photography suites with Imacon scanners and Epson printers, analog darkroom, lighting studio, soundstages, video editing suites, and portable resources ranging from medium and large format film cameras to professional HD video equipment.

Applications for admission to the Summer 2021 incoming class are now online.

The 2021 Summer session will run from June 22nd to July 24th.

Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is now February 1st, 2021.

For information on 2021 tuition, see here.

Please contact the Program Directors at for further information or to schedule a meeting.