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 will 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 our New York, Los Angeles, or London centers.  During the fall and spring academic terms, students will 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. This approach evolves out of the creative, cross-disciplinary and collaborative interactions featured in our ITI Workshops, where writers and photographers, both emerging and established, gathered to share and make work in an experimental and playful environment.
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 will have the opportunity to work closely with the press, and graduates of the ITI MFA will be eligible for publication.

Tuition fellowships will be 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.