If you’re looking for an MFA photography program, studying in NYC at SVA is the right choice.
- Extensive and innovative courses in all aspects of the lens arts—still and moving
- Understanding the need to create new technologies, new histories, new criticism and professional practices for success in a changing world
- New York City is the creative hub of a worldwide network from which we readily draw our mentors, faculty and lecturers
The MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department is the premiere program for the study of Lens and Screen Arts. For over 24 years, this fine art program has produced remarkable graduates who have flourished as exhibiting artists, journalists and commercial artists, as well as curators, scholars and teachers. Noted as a top-tier program in U.S. News & World Report, our educational goals attract fine art students with diverse backgrounds from all corners of the world.
The camera is a universal matrix for documenting, exploring and interpreting the ever-changing world around us. From the traditional practices of both still photography and video to the virtual realm of the circuit, we offer students the opportunity to pursue their specific interests. We then provide the intense critique and historical context necessary to foster the exploration of new methods in these genres. The department’s celebrated faculty actively engages students in contemporary and responsible creative initiatives, including experimental, narrative or documentary video, installation and conceptual art, tableau and real-world-witness photography.
This program has pioneered digital imagery education since its inception in 1988. We look to the future and push our students to challenge the old aesthetics. Our students are encouraged to rethink their own assumptions and engage an enlightened audience, not only visually, but also contextually; critical and theoretical discourse is all part of the mix. Foremost, we want to challenge students to define their work by bearing witness, giving testament and observing the creative and social concerns of our times. We provide the critical thinking necessary for students to expand their ideas and make notable contributions to the larger visual arts culture.
Our expansive curriculum is tailored to each individual student to allow for the appropriate understanding of technology, history, criticism and professional practices in this competitive field. Graduate students are allowed to choose from a number of tracks that best suit their previous experience and future goals. We also offer a three-year program for exceptional non-fine-arts baccalaureates who want to change course and engage in the lens and screen arts.
New York City is the hub of a creative network that reaches throughout the world. Our program draws on the energy of the city and offers as a resource all the opportunities available therein. We enlist some of the world’s greatest talents as members of our faculty, as well as advisors, mentors and lecturers. The New York City network is invaluable for its creative and professional support, which students will require upon graduation, and long after, as they continue to pursue their goals.
Charles H. Traub, Chair
- Alum JeongMee Yoon's "Pink and Blue Project" got a great writeup in Fast Company this week. http://t.co/sf1bk5NzrQ
- Alum Jaime Permuth's "El Sistema," a document of the work of a Guatemalan non-profit for free classical music... http://t.co/83PsyscSyk
- Alum Susannah Sayler and her collaborator, Edward Morris, celebrate the opening of their installation, "Eclipse"... http://t.co/LumuyGFkgR
- If you're in Boston this week, make sure to visit Aviary for "One Place or Another," an exhibition of photo books... http://t.co/CFyJwgoYaB
- Check out this great write-up of alum John Cyr's developer trays project in Feature Shoot. http://t.co/hNmvCyVv82
Monday, August 18, 2014
The schedule for After School Special: The 2014 School of Visual Arts Alumni Film & Animation Festival is finally live, and the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media department is proud to...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Alum Alison Malone’s series, “The Daughters of Job,” a documentary of the secret society of Masons’ descendants, was recently featured in Lenscratch. From her artist statement: I have photographed...
Monday, August 11, 2014
From alum Jaime Permuth on his document, “El Sistema:” On March 19th, 2014 I returned from a three-week photographic journey to Guatemala. I traveled to document the work of Sistema de Orquestas...