Over the course of your first year, you’ll explore your viewpoint as an image-maker, and begin articulating a plan for your thesis project. You’ll take courses in photography and video, history, theory, and criticism. You’ll choose electives that will support your practice as an artist. You’ll also begin making connections in the Chicago photography community, and meet with guest lecturers, visiting artists, and other outside professionals who we invite to critique graduate work each semester. By the end of your first year, you’ll be using your photography practice as a form of research and will be engaging with scholarship to strengthen your academic inquiry. In addition to traditional image-making, Columbia students engage innovative methods such as mixed media, video, collage, installation, documentary, and portraiture, to explore diverse subject matter and philosophies.