Columbia College Chicago now offers a two-year Photography MFA program. The new program will replace the previous three-year program, which is already recognized as one of the top MFA programs in the country.

“The new two-year program will continue to celebrate innovative and bold practice, and encourage students to consider a diverse range of media,” says Judy Natal, Co-Coordinator of the Graduate Photography program at Columbia College Chicago.

Although students will spend fewer semesters in the classroom, the curriculum has been reorganized and finely honed in order to instill the same knowledge and experiences in a shorter amount of time. Students will study under Columbia’s renowned faculty that includes several Guggenheim Fellows, have the opportunity to learn from visiting professionals in one of the most highly acclaimed photo lecture series in the country, and benefit from the program’s partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Columbia is currently accepting applications to this program until January 15, 2015.

In addition to the new two-year Photography, MFA program, Columbia College Chicago also announces the establishment of the one-year, $25,000 Diane Dammeyer Post Graduate Photography Fellowship for Socially Engaged Photography. Both the program and fellowship will make their debut in Fall 2015.

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