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.



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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 Institute: a rare photobook library and our fine art photography collection, one of the largest of any art school in New England.” ~ Jason Landry, Photography Program Director

Graduate Program Events

Learn more about our supportive and collaborative community of students, faculty, mentors, writers, and visiting artists! In our low-residency graduate programs, students develop a network of colleagues and build a sustainable career in the arts.


Manchester Campus, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH 03104
Sharon Arts Center Campus, 30 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458 

“In NHIA’s Graduate Programs, we believe that the cross-disciplinary dialogue that emerges when our faculty and students are together will inspire and embolden anyone looking to launch a sustainable art career through an MFA, MAAE, or MAT. We have an exceptional community of artists and writers at NHIA! I invite you to join us at one of our upcoming events so you can witness the energy and cross-pollination for yourself” – Lucinda Bliss, Graduate Programs Dean

Friday, April 21 | Alison Hawthorne Deming Reading and Book Signing | River Run Bookstore, Portsmouth, NH | 6:00pm Meet NHIA’s Dean and MFA Creative Writing Director; 6:30pm Reading
Saturday, April 22 | NHIA Open House | Manchester Campus | 9am - 1pm
Saturday, June 24 | MFA Residency Visit Day | Manchester Campus | 9am-1pm
Monday, July 17 | MAAE Residency Visit Day | Manchester Campus | 9am-1pm

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