Image Text Ithaca MFA

Program Description

The Ithaca College low-residency Image Text MFA is a unique terminal degree program focused on the intersection of writing and photography. 

Students in our exploratory, flexible and innovative twenty-five month program work directly with faculty and visiting artists during three annual month-long summer sessions in Ithaca, New York and during two annual week-long winter sessions in a major international cultural center (London in 2017; Mexico City in 2018). During the fall and spring academic terms, students pursue independent study in close consultation with their faculty advisors.

Integrating theoretical and historical studies with intensive creative practice, the program seeks to create a community that brings photography and writing into a shared arena of discussion and invention. Our annual summer sessions begin with an exploratory workshop and rural retreat in which students collaborate with renowned artists, writers, curators and editors, followed by four weeks of intensive coursework. 


We welcome applicants with backgrounds in writing, photography and other lens-based media, and artists working across these forms and disciplines. Experience in both text and image-making is not required, but applicants must submit a portfolio that demonstrates sustained work in at least one of these areas.

The Image Text MFA also hosts the Image Text Ithaca Press. The ITI press, modeled on contemporary photographic and literary small presses, publishes innovative works by emerging and renowned writers and artists. Graduate students have the opportunity to work closely with the press and the biennial Image Text Ithaca Symposium.

Tuition fellowships for national and international applicants are available on a competitive basis, and room and board will be provided free of charge for all accepted students during residential sessions.

Applications can be initiated through the myIthaca portal.

Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is February 1, 2018. 

The 2018 Summer Session will run June 26th through July 28th.