Master of Fine Arts in Photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art

MFA in Photography

NHIA's graduate degrees are not just about the product. They are are very much about being able to articulate how one's studio practice, academic understanding and life-long dedication to discovery define each student as an artist.


A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art offers students a unique opportunity for artistic transformation and professional development. Our low-residency format enables you to earn your Master’s degree and be part of a diverse, passionate network of artists, while maintaining your other commitments and a balanced life. The regular convergence of students from all of our MFA programs, at winter and summer residencies, allows you ample opportunity to collaborate with students and faculty across disciplines. You’ll develop your craft, guided by an exceptional faculty of artists, gallery owners, collectors, curators, critics, and writers, and build a network of connections in the world of photography. On campus, you’ll have access to our unique special collection of rare photographic books, portfolios, and prints by renowned artists who have shaped the history of the field. You’ll learn to speak, think, and write powerfully and accurately about your work and the work of others, and most importantly, you'll gain an understanding of how your unique voice fits into the historic and contemporary world of photography.

View the 2017 MFA and MAAE Thesis Exhibition Catalog

The Teti Fellowship

The Teti Fellows program awards four to six fellowships annually to scholars, artists, writers and educators wishing to travel to the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s campus in Manchester, New Hampshire to make use of the John Teti Rare Photography Book Collection housed in the college’s Teti Library.

The John Teti Rare Photography Book Collection is one of the finest collections of photographic resources in the United States. The Collection, established in 2007 through a generous donation by Mr. John Teti, contains over 2,000 rare books, periodicals, prints and documents illustrating the history of photography, including Edward Steichen’s personal copies of Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work.

For more about the Teti Fellowship, click here.

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“Students working toward their MFA in Photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art have a rigorous yet balanced studio and academic practice where they spend time discussing today’s trends in photography while having their artwork critiqued by visiting artists, critics, curators, and faculty. At each residency, students have opportunities to utilize two unique resources at our college: a rare photobook library and our fine art photography collection, one of the largest of any art school in New England.” ~ Amy Theiss Giese, Photography Program Director

October 19-20 | NH Art Educators Conference | French Hall, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH
October 20 | Graduate Programs Visit Day | French Hall, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH | 1-4:30pm
January 12 | MFA Residency Visit Day | French Hall, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH | 8:30am-1pm

October 3 | Colby-Sawyer Graduate Fair | Colby-Sawyer College | 2-4pm
October 31 | Graduate Programs Writing Contest Deadline
November 13 | Pecha Kucha | Stark Brewing Company | 6:30-8:30pm
November 17 | Cleveland Institute of Art Graduate Fair | Cleveland Institute of Art | 11:30am-1pm

October 3-4 | Future of Storytelling | Staten Island, NY
September 28 | Vermont Art Education Association Conference | Lake Morey, Fairlee VT
November 8 – 10 | Texas Art Education Association Conference | McAllen, TX
November 17 | Connecticut Art Education Association Conference | Trumbull, CT
February 13-16 | College Art Association Conference | NYC
March 7-10 | Society for Photographic Education | Cleveland, OH

October 27 | Mass College of Art and Design | Boston
October 28 | Parsons School of Design | NYC
November 3 | SAIC | Chicago
November 30 | Virtual Event

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