Master of Fine Arts - Photography

2 Years, Regular & Hybrid Photography Learning Program
The Masters in Fine arts in Photography program (MFA) at IIP Academy offers a higher level transformative journey for students to delve into the realm of digital and analogue photography with a strong emphasis on creativity, art, and aesthetics. Through a practice-based and process-oriented approach, students are encouraged to explore the depths of visual phenomena, social documentary, new media, critical studies, and creative production. This program stands at the crossroads of artistic expression and intellectual inquiry, providing a dynamic fusion of studio practice and rigorous theoretical and art historical training. It goes beyond technical proficiency to nurture a deep understanding of the artistic process, encouraging students to push the boundaries of their creativity and explore new avenues of visual storytelling.


Four Semester Breakdown – 2 Year Programme

State-of-the-Art Facilities:

Indian Institute of Photography boasts the best equipment and facilities offered by any Photography school. This includes state-of-the-art cameras, lighting and other studio equipment, digital darkrooms/ digital imaging a variety of equipment accessories, and specialized working studios.

The wide range of equipment and resources available to the student of Photography at Indian Institute of Photography reflects the breadth of the curriculum that includes traditional photography and digital photography technology.

Professional Faculty:

The School of Photography links students with mentors who are the photographers and academics in their field. We offer a prestigious faculty, legendary guest faculty.

Industry Relationships:

Every semester, students benefit from lectures and artist presentations from top photographers from India and South Asia, and the school helps students find internships with the top photographers in the field. In addition, many classes feature visits to leading photography studios.

“Pioneering, process-oriented, cutting edge, new age visual storytelling”

Additional Information

Maximum Seats

In regular & hybrid batch (online/regular)


BFA Fine Arts (Painting/ Photography/Applied Arts/ Sculpture/ Graphics) - 4 Year Degree Course Or B.A. with Fine Arts (Drawing & Painting / Commercial Arts) - 3 Year Degree Course Or B. Design Course – 4 Year Degree Course in various Disciplines Or B. Architecture – 4 Year Degree Course in Architecture Or Graduation + knowledge of photography

Class Days & Batch Timings

Regular batch: Monday to Friday 10.30 am onwards
Hybrid batch: Online classes on Weekends and Regular sessions and practicals on Monday to Friday.

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The Curriculum

1st Semester

IIP presents the Master's program with an intensely personal approach, of course, to do a creative and stimulating study through including critical, aesthetical, lens-based practice. Master program based on the practical framework, so students enable to examine, interrogate, and reflect on their nature, role, and psychological sensory towards artist–based – decision making and enhance their chosen practice. Student needs to understand the value of idealization, materialism, and process-based – behaviour and IIP encourage every thinking of diversity. It doesn’t matter where are you coming from and what experience do you have? In this course, major concerns about freakily expressing your ideas and making yourself more diversified in thinking, making, and acknowledging your potential through ideas, thoughts, concepts, themes, exploration, collaborative working, exchanging the ideas,and exploring new and vital concepts.

We believe in making art not judging art. Each thought of the student is highly resonating and encouraging. This course is not for fixedness, it is about Opening Your Personality toward challenging work that vibrates and defined your key concerns in aesthetics, research, stories, and dialogue make.

We do not believe to do argumentation of creative generation or idea pitching, as a student, think that art research is derived from the alternative approaches it employs subjective emergence and interdisciplinary methods. Students must need to take interest in their vision and personal opinions. Photographers can carry out their research-based work in many different ways, but essentially, a body of photographic work is developed through knowledge gained by exploring yourself, society, and the medium (Photography) Itself.

IIP provides you the platform to do artistic research and art-based –practice, this will enable you to shape the way that photography is used and interpreted. Contemporary approaches to a photography show that this is a fast–expanding visual discipline and with an important position within creative, expressive, selfless, emotional, cultural, and social practice.

We welcome applications from those who want to bring about change in the Photography Industry, who want to suggest odd, bad, itchy, and personal thoughts before inspiring from outside of the world.

Subject Name

1. Historical Philosophy in Photography

2. Technical Philosophy in Photography

3. Visual Studies in Photography

4. Practical Project (The student needs to submit 3 Practical Projects before finishing the first semester)

5. Academic Internal Assessment

Learning Output of the Course

Students learn about inventions in Europe, the camera arrived in India with which sense and how did photography play a vital role in visualizing countries and their complex political and social transitions over almost two centuries. We don’t want to learn about numbers and dates, we need to adopt the policy, process, and psychological sense of it by reading Julia Margaret Cameron, Henri Cartier Bresson, Sebastiano Salgado, Dayanita Singh, and other iconic photographers. The subject also talks about Cultural Imperialism through photography and British Photographers misused this medium.

2nd Semester

Subject Name

1. Historical Reading & Theoretical Approaches

2. Photography & Documentation

3. Documentary & Photo Journalism

4. Practical Submission & Viva Voice

Learning Output of the Course

As Henri Cartier Bresson said “A Photograph is neither taken nor seized by force it offers itself up. It is the photo that takes you.” We reconnoiter and clarify this statement through this module. How did photography become a more suitable, useful, and artistic medium before the 1820s to till now, and why do we close our eyes and can recall it, but a camera glance s for a fraction of a second yet retain every detail. This photography capacity into visual art makes (Photography) special and compared to other arts developed over thousands of years, photography is still in its infancy. So, we learn about special.

In this module, the student understands the visual collection of memories, and how can the sentimental and cherished value of documentation played a vital role in photography. From the perspective of an artist, photography shows the world and life in an entirely different dimension. Students observe, select their findings, collect, design, and present the personal aspects of photography. Photo Archive, Re Photography, Photo Book, Handmade Art, and Zine will be the major operational tool of this module. So, students explore the documentation and photography connection and how it is providing a glimpse of common people and the tendency for historiography to emphasize the great feeling of nostalgia. This module is based on experiences that varied widely for people depending on where they live.

3rd Semester

Subject Name

1. Documentary & Photo – Journalism – II

2. Photography Discourse

3. Practical Project

Learning Output of the Course

This module is the most creative and allows students through reading, write, and systematic structuring of the Art-Based – Research Steps. Students will learn about Dissertations, Research Writing,Research methods and Methodologies, Publication, and How to approach their work for funding programs. Students will connect with their mentors so They start to make their portfolio,clarify their vision, generate their final project, and understand the Road Map and Writing of Artistic Statement.

4th Semester

Subject Name

1. Dissertation

2. Viva Voce

3. Final Project

4. Exhibition
This is not a module or subject. It is the celebration of time which proves this diversification of whole 2 years. Students will do an exhibition in this module.

Studio Practice

The foundation of the program, studio practice is a seminar in which students integrate what they are experiencing and learning into their own creative work. Through ongoing studio assignments, group critiques, and one-on-one meetings with faculty, students develop their photographic work and define a personal approach to their practice. A final exhibition of original work, presented at the end of the second year, is required for graduation.

Critical Study

In these topical seminars, students focus on theoretical and critical issues in the history of photography. Working with historians, photographers, and Indian Institute of Photography curatorial staff, students engage in research, writing, and curatorial activities. Students' own writing charts the development of their ideas about photography in relation to the work of other photographers. A written thesis, which serves as an anthology of two years of critical coursework and professional practice, is required for graduation.

Students Work

Dr. Vyankatesh Metan
Dr. Vyankatesh Metan
Siva Kumar Vijayan
Siva Kumar Vijayan
Siva Kumar Vijayan
Siva Kumar Vijayan
The Chair
"Man’s faith enables him to see His myriad forms in the light of his love for Him. His prayers in words and visuals, in hues and harmonies, are the soul of this earth. This exhibition embodies my soul-felt love for the Great God of Hindu Trinity, the source of all virtue and vitality. This art is the voice of my heart singing the song of His love and grace."
Ravinder Kumar Sharma weaved the dream of teaching art where people of all ages come together to learn & amp; start their journey into art. A renowned artist & amp; art educationist of India, Ravinder Kumar Sharma has been a mentor to a multitude of art enthusiasts all over the globe. His mission is to educate artists and creative professionals to be responsible contributors to society.
Our faculty under him comprises of experienced and versatile professionals from both academia and industry resulting in a rare blend of experience and expertise, indigenity and universality. Our curriculum takes into account the importance of both theory and practice, and thus promotes deep disciplinary knowledge along with sound technical know-how and practical skills.