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MFA Photography Career Information

Make a living AND make a difference.

The medium of photography plays an important role in society’s translation and understanding of global events. Photographic images serve as a record of and response to how one interacts with the world and allow us insight into the complexities of human nature. The KCAD MFA Photography program prepares students to become practicing artists and scholars by fostering creative expression and creative problem-solving skills. Graduates emerge ready to succeed as professional artists and/or pursue a variety of career opportunities in the commercial, education, or fine art fields.

Possible Careers:

  • Professional Artist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Product Photographer
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Photography Editor
  • Travel Photographer
  • Stock Photographer
  • Publicist
  • Photography Studio Manager
  • Digital Tech
  • Gallery/Museum Director
  • Movie Still Photographer
  • Director of Photography
  • Sports Photographer
  • Gallery Owner
  • Advertising Photographer
  • Medical Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Art Critic
  • Lab Manager/Assistant
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Stylist
  • Art Consultant
  • Sales/Equipment Rep
  • Industrial Photographer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Tour Guide
  • Editorial Photographer
  • Event Photographer
  • Architecture Photographer
  • Art Buyer

Where KCAD MFA Photography alumni have exhibited their work:

  • Clack Art Center, Alma College (Alma, MI)
  • New Century Artists (New York, NY)
  • Rogue Space (New York, NY)
  • Greenpoint Gallery (New York, NY)
  • Project Basho (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Ricoh Photo Gallery (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Lubenzik Center for the Arts (Michigan City, IN)
  • Delta College (Saginaw, MI)
  • Purdue University Galleries (West Lafayette, IN)
  • Tangent Gallery (Detroit, MI)
  • Kiernan Gallery (Lexington, VA)
  • Linus Galleries (Pasadena, CA)
  • PhotoPlace Gallery (Middlebury, TN)
  • Hobusepea Gallerii (Tallinn, Estonia)
  • Art Center Gallery (La Grande, OR)
  • Blue Sky Gallery (Portland, OR)
  • Place Gallery (Portland, OR)
  • Spiva Center for the Arts (Joplin, MO)
  • MS Renzy Studio Gallery (Lexington, KY)
  • Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Logsdon 1909 Gallery (Chicago, IL)
  • Kress Gallery (Spokane, WA)
  • Society for Photographic Education National Conference (Atlanta, GA)
  • Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts & Sciences (Loveladies, NJ)
  • Black Box Gallery (Portland, OR)
  • Saugatuck Center for the Arts (Saugatuck, MI)

Where KCAD MFA Photography alumni have held artist residencies:

  • Golden Apple Art Residency (Harrington, ME)

Where KCAD MFA Photography alumni work:


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