Graduate Studies in Photography

Jessica Labatte, M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

Description of Program:
The Photography area of study is intended for individuals who wish to explore the medium as a fine art and to prepare them for success as working artists. Students are exposed to a variety of approaches, and importance is attached to contemporary ideas in photography, individual research, and mastery on techniques, both traditional and digital.

Assistantships and Tuition Waivers: The NIU School of Art and Design offers opportunities for graduate student assistantships and graduate teaching assistantships assigned on a competitive basis, which include full tuition and a monthly stipend. Tuition waivers are also available.

Facilities: The photography facilities, located on the third floor of Arends Hall, include darkrooms for black and white and color as well as some non-silver processes. A classroom/studio, used for critiques and demonstration, is equipped with both incandescent studio lights and electronic flash units. A full digital lab is equipped with individual work stations with Epson scanners and printers. The lab is also equipped with an Imacon film scanner and an Epson large format printer. Individual studio spaces are provided for each student in the M.F.A. program. In addition to classroom spaces, the main art building houses a full woodworking studio and computer labs that are accessible to students.

Additional Resources: The School of Art and Design as a whole, hosts an impressive Visiting Artist and Scholars program. The School contains a large gallery space where professional artists and various student exhibitions are held. A medium size gallery space is designated for graduate student exhibitions. The NIU Art Museum is also present on campus and schedules an ongoing rotation of professional exhibitions and visiting artist events, often in conjunction with the School of Art and Design.

Admissions: The deadline for application to the NIU Graduate School for the School of Art and Design graduate program in studio arts is: February 1.

Application materials and additional information may be obtained from:

School of Art and Design Graduate Programs
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

How to Apply

Telephone: (815) 753‐0292
Fax: (815) 753‐7701


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