Communicate + influence through photographic imagery

Photography at the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design offers committed individuals the opportunity to expand and advance their photographic practice in an environment of intensive interaction with a select group of peers. Students make, present, and interpret photography in a course of study that balances creative research, insight, intuition, and verbal articulation. Our M.F.A. program is the second oldest in the United States. We continue the tradition of leadership by teaching students to take risks in their studio practice and pursue professional goals in order to carve out individual pathways to success.

The M.F.A. program in photography at IU is the second oldest in the country—and we continue the tradition of leadership.

Tools + equipment

Computer lab
  • Mac workstations (38)
  • 17" printers (3)
  • 17" printers (4)
  • 44" large format printer
  • Film scanner
  • Flatbed scanner
  • Adobe Creative Cloud software
Lighting studio

Railing mounting light system with:

  • 15,000 watts strobe light
  • 750 watts strobe lights (3)
  • Pocket wizard
  • LED light for video (2)
  • Backdrop system
Rental equipment
  • 35mm SLR film cameras (15)
  • 4X5 cameras with tripods (15)
  • Hasselblad medium format cameras (3)
  • Digital 35mm full-frame SLR cameras (3)
  • Travel monolight strobe kits (3)
A person underwater.
A room of blackened furniture.
A photo of a person cutting hair while another person looks on in the mirror.

Capture + compose

Students engage in individual investigation and research with one-on-one faculty mentorship. Undergraduate and graduate students bounce ideas off one another in seminars, group critiques, and discussions.

Make photos in Japan

Experience both historical and modern Japanese culture through a series of field trips to notable museums and galleries, all while studying photography through the Kyoto University of Art and Design.

Learn more about the Japan program

Visiting artists

Through the McKinney Visiting Artist Series, the photography program hosts nationally and internationally recognized artists to meet with students, present their work, and give workshops and individual critiques.

Some of our past visiting artists include:

View upcoming visiting artists

Alumni making their mark

A man holding a camera looks at the camera.

Adam Reynolds

Adam Reynolds has a background in photojournalism and political science, which has led him to a career as a documentary photographer. His work focuses primarily on subjects of the Middle East, and he has been covering the region since 2007. Adam was awarded the prestigious Project Development Grant from the CENTER of Santa Fe for his ongoing series exploring Israel’s bomb shelters.

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