A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is offered through a joint program with The College at Brockport and the Visual Studies Workshop, providing a unique opportunity in graduate studies. All of the courses for the MFA program are held at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. This interdisciplinary program reflects the diverse and hybrid nature of the field of Visual Studies with roots in art practice, history and theory, film and museum studies, philosophy and psychoanalysis. The Visual Studies program emphasizes studio work in photography, digital imaging, film, video, multi-media, installation, and visual books and critical studies in the history and theory of these media.
To discuss questions about the program, or to visit, contact the MFA Program in Visual Studies, Visual Studies Works op, 31 Prince Street, Rochester, NY 14607; (585) 442-8676; email address firstname.lastname@example.org; or Web site at www.vsw.org.
Only full-time students will be admitted to the MFA in Visual Studies program. Applicants must present evidence that they have received a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (see Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for further details). The program does not require that applicants have a BFA.
To be considered for admission, an applicant must submit:
Please see the Graduate School for deadlines or to begin the application process.
This is a 60-credit program, requiring five semesters and one summer. The program is designed to introduce students to the field of visual studies in general, as well as to provide specializations in any of three areas of emphasis: 1) photography; 2) digital media, video and film; and 3) imaging systems and book arts. The Summer Institute provides several intense involvements in specialized areas enabling students to work with visiting faculty. During the fourth semester, students take a research seminar in preparation for the internship and final project.
Students take FOUR of the following courses by advisement:
During the fourth semester, students will develop project proposals and do preparatory work for the internship and final project. The internship is self-generated and designed to benefit students' work by providing experience in the field. Internships may be done at the Visual Studies Workshop. The final project is a studio project resulting in an exhibition, video, film, artists' book or equivalent. Two faculty members and one outside educator/professional act as advisors to the project. Students are encouraged to work in at least at two media for their final project.
The Summer Institute is a series of intensive one-week workshops conducted by current and visiting faculty. The Summer Institute is designed to stimulate new ways of working and thinking about work, as well as to provide opportunities to expand technical skills and work with new processes. The workshops address a wide variety of concerns in photography, artists' books, film, video and related media. The six credits of Summer Institute courses may fulfill either studio or seminar distribution requirements.
Offerings vary by semester. As of the publication of the catalog, options include:
Students may select 500- and 600-level courses offered at The College at Brockport for which they are eligible. Courses may be from the sciences, humanities (including visual culture), social sciences, non-profit administration or the professions. Electives may include a maximum of three credits of independent study. Studio courses from the Department of Art may not be used to satisfy the academic elective requirement.
Jessica Johnston MA
Assistant Director/ Collection Curator
Tate Shaw MFA
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Executive Director Visual Studies Workshop