Post-baccalaureate Program

Photograph by Barbara Bosworth
"Mom at Christmas, Salinas," by Barbara Bosworth

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program is an intensive, full-time, one-year course of study for those seeking an advanced level of discourse, both technical and theoretical, about the medium of photography. The program provides an individualized curriculum for students who wish to develop their portfolios and their skills to prepare for future graduate school or as an end in itself.

Students participate in a weekly Major Studio seminar which includes critique, visiting artists, field trips, and meetings with curators and gallerists. In addition, photography post-baccalaureate students enroll in elective photography classes, technical courses, and art history electives.

Note: Post Baccalaureate photo students who successfully complete the program will automatically be admitted into the Photo MFA the following admission cycle. If a Post Bac does not enroll in the following semester to the MFA, automatic admission will not be granted for future semesters and you must submit a formal application to reapply to the program. 


Faculty include Barbara Bosworth, Matthew Connors (Chair), David Hilliard, Laura McPhee, Abelardo Morell (Emeritus), Matthew Monteith and Nick Nixon.

Visiting Artists and Lectures

Visiting artists are an integral part of both the MFA and Post-Bac programs, and the department has an outstanding artist and critic lecture series. Visitors have included: Walead Beshty, Elinor Carucci, James Casebere, William Christenberry, Lois Conner, Linda Connor, Charlotte Cotton, Gregory Crewdson, Tim Davis, P. L. DiCorcia, Jim Dow, Mitch Epstein, Joan Fontcuberta, Jason Fulford, Katy Grannan, Emmet Gowin, Andy Grundberg, Justine Kurland, Laura Letinsky, Susan Meiselas, Vik Muniz, Laurel Nakadate, Doug Nickel, Sandra Phillips, Thomas Roma, Luc Sante, Gary Schneider, Stephen Shore, Rebecca Solnit, Alec Soth, Jem Southam, Larry Sultan, Shellburne Thurber, and Penelope Umbrico.


Photography post-baccalaureate students share a digital studio with MFA candidates equipped with large format printers, Flextight scanners, and Mac towers with the latest Adobe software.

Located on the same floor as labs for the approximately 110 photography students pursuing BFA degrees at MassArt, Post-bac students are welcome in non-silver, and traditional black & white darkrooms and the Polaroid 20x24 studio. Photography faculty have offices on this floor and are available to students during weekly office hours.

phone: (617) 879-7203

View the 2015 MFA Thesis Catalog

2016 MFA Thesis Catalog