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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 still and moving imagery
  • Creating and understanding new technologies, criticism, and professional practices for success in a changing world
  • We draw faculty, lecturers, mentors, and advisors from a worldwide creative network
  • Merit-based scholarships available

The MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts is the premiere program for the study of Lens and Screen Arts. For more than 26 years, the department has produced remarkable graduates who have flourished as exhibiting artists, journalists, curators, scholars, and teachers. New York City is the hub of an invaluable network that provides creative and professional support that students require throughout their matriculation and long after graduation, as they continue to pursue their goals.

This program champions multimedia integration, interdisciplinary activity, and provides ever-expanding opportunities for lens-based students; we continually push the boundaries of the techniques, theory, and practice of the new technologies. Our students are encouraged to rethink their own assumptions and engage an enlightened audience, not only visually, but also contextually. We encourage the critical thinking necessary for students to expand their ideas and make notable contributions to the larger visual arts culture. 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.

The camera has always been a multidisciplinary tool that encompasses science, arts, and the humanities. Today’s students are engaged in the management, creation, and understanding of not just how to produce, but how to interpret the image. They are required to read images through the protocols of different disciplines, as well as create new means to make them. Mastery of the “vision machines” is the stuff of their professional practice. A new artist is an interlocutor who enables others to create and see.

Charles H. Traub, Chair


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