MFA Program Overview

The 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 work directly with faculty and visiting artists during three annual five-week summer sessions in Ithaca, New York and during two annual week-long winter session (once during each of the two springs of the program) in a major international cultural center (London in 2017 & 2019; Mexico City in 2018 & 2020; Berlin and Venice in 2022). During the fall and spring academic terms, students 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, film/video other visual art practices 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 ITI Workshops, where writers and photographers, both emerging and establish, gather to share and make work in an open, experimental and playful environment.

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.

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