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 

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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

At NHIA's Graduate Program events, you'll learn more about our supportive and collaborative community of students, faculty, mentors, writers, and visiting artists.


  • October 7-8 | Artists and Mentors Pop-up Show, 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH | Time TBD

  • November 2 | Pecha Kucha, Stark Brewery, Manchester NH | 6:30pm info session; 7pm event

  • January 13 | MFA Residency Visit Day | 9am - 1pm



  • Arts + Environment Conference, Nevada | Oct 9-11

  • NH Film Festival, Portsmouth, NH | Oct 12-15

  • NHAEA Conference, NHIA | Oct 14

  • Statewide Arts Education Partnership Conference (hosted by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts) | TBD



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

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