The Photography + Integrated Media Area offers an innovative MFA curriculum that defines photographic practice in its most inclusive and experimental manifestations. The program builds upon the legacy of the historically renowned Clarence White School of Photography in New York, which was re-established at Ohio University in 1948 by his son, Clarence White, Jr., creating the first degree-granting program in photography at a major university in the country.
The curriculum encourages experimentation with a wide variety of processes and platforms ranging from black and white photography, to digital imaging and video, to interdisciplinary practice. The program stresses the development of the photographer as an artist and the use of lens-based technologies as vital tools of creative expression.
The Photography + Integrated Media Area consists of over 11,000 square feet of space located on three floors of the School of Art + Design at Seigfred Hall. The program’s work space includes four large communal B&W darkrooms, a large lighting studio, and a Macintosh digital lab. The digital lab includes two Epson Expression 10000 XL flatbed scanners, an Epson Perfection V800 Photo Scanner, an 60-inch Epson Stylus Pro 11880 printer, a Hasselblad Imacon film scanner, and two 44-inch Epson Stylus Pro 9880 printers. Graduate students also have access to CREATE_space, the College of Fine Arts arts and technology initiative that provides extensive resources including production facilities, training, and equipment.