Syracuse University

Syracuse University

Graduate Programs in the Department of Transmedia

Graduate Admissions


The Department of Transmedia

The Department of Transmedia is a major academic center for the education of media arts professionals. Our programs offer you rewarding studio experiences in well-equipped facilities, simultaneously integrated with rigorous academic studies and challenging curricula in media arts history as well as comprehensive and diverse theory and contemporary issue courses. 

As a student in the department, you also benefit from elective studio and academic opportunities in the School of Art and Design, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Syracuse University’s other schools and colleges. You are also encouraged to study abroad in such cities as London, England; Florence, Italy; and Prague, Czech Republic.

Integral to our curricula are opportunities to acquire career development skills critical for professional artists. Professional practices are addressed in coursework, while visiting and resident artists offer unique insight into their respective disciplines. Internships provide invaluable experience in a real-world setting. Undergraduate students may choose to minor in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises, which is offered through SU's Martin J. Whitman School of Management and includes coursework in essential business tools.

The Department of Transmedia is comprised of 14 full-time faculty members (complemented by approximately the same number of adjunct instructors) who serve approximately 250 undergraduate and graduate students.


M.F.A. Program in Art Photography

Our master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program in art photography attracts students who have established a strong body of work and are committed to further their engagement with contemporary photographic practices. You work closely with our faculty along with distinguished scholars throughout Syracuse University to further your artistic research.

As a program, we are not interested in promoting a single philosophy or aesthetic; rather, we select students who have begun to crystallize an original perspective. Our goal is to create artists with unique visual voices. Through an intensive study that includes tutorial and group critique along with courses in history, theory, and criticism, you benefit from an intense and passionate learning environment that emphasizes contemporary art and practice. In addition, most of our M.F.A. students have the opportunity to teach their own classes.

Our graduate students have access to their own digital and analog facilities, including professional scanning and digital printing equipment. You benefit from the program’s close association with Light Work, a nonprofit organization on campus that sponsors visiting artists and exhibitions in the Robert B. Menschel Photography Gallery. Many of our graduate students are offered a semester assistantship to work directly with their staff and visiting artists.