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MPS Digital Photography at SVA is a concentrated course of studies that addresses the comprehensive digital imaging workflow, from image capture and enhancement to creating high-quality, large-format prints and secure archiving strategies. The program is designed for students of all ages, backgrounds and cultures, all of whom bring an interest in a diverse range of photographic genres, including editorial, commercial, fine art and fashion photography. Under the guidance of working photographers, retouchers, editors, designers and studio managers, students master the latest tools and techniques to create technically outstanding and conceptually compelling images. In addition to developing a body of work, students become versed in image reproduction, issues in contemporary fine-art photography and current business practices.

The intensive one-year, 30-credit degree is designed to advance students' understanding and application of digital-image technologies through coursework, specialized workshops and seminars, and presentations by contemporary artists. Culminating in a thesis project, the required curriculum includes classes in color management, editorial photography, photo illustration, large-format printing and studio management.

Identical to the on-campus program in curriculum and most faculty, the MPS in Digital Photography Online/Summer Residency is a one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) 30-credit degree program that combines interactive web-based study with a summer residency at SVA's New York City campus. This low-residency version is ideal for working professionals and those who cannot relocate to New York for a full calendar year. Composed of weekly classes and assignments, extensive discussions and critique sessions via a feature-rich web environment, the program is conducted online during the fall and spring semesters and culminates in the nine-week summer session, during which students produce their thesis project deliverables, including the prints and collateral materials for their group exhibition.

2016 – 2017 student population

15 matriculated students

Department chair

Katrin Eismann (artist, author and educator)

Faculty members

Tom P. Ashe (associate chair), Elizabeth Avedon, Carrie Beene, Ben Bobkoff, Darren Ching, Debra Klomp Ching, Seán Duggan, Katrin Eismann, James Estrin, Michael Foley, Alex Garcia, Greg Gorman, Russell Hart, Stella Kramer, Jaime Permuth, James Porto, Jack Reznicki, Matthew Richmond, Geoff Scott, Jeff Shaffer, Ellen Wallenstein

Student exhibitions

Graduating students unveil their thesis projects in a group exhibition in New York City every October.

More information 

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Media requests

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