Applicants to the program will be judged by the intelligence and ambition of their work, and its theoretical sophistication and participation in the broader discourse of contemporary photography. Of interest is a group of photographers who will reflect the diversity of practice and motivation that contributes to current photographic thinking.
The Certificate program in Photography is an opportunity for non-American photography students to work in technologically advanced facilities with renowned photographers who bring critical rigor to the work of the advanced student. The function of the program is to progress the content of individual work through critique, lectures, museum and gallery visits and dialogue with other participants. It will be a one-year, two-semester residency program that will lead to a 30-credit Certificate of Completion.
Certificate students will have an individual Seminar class and a Contemporary Photography course, and will be encouraged to take electives with the other students in the Department. Although the emphasis will be on content of the work, a broad range of technical classes will be available, both digital and traditional.
The program features a lecturing faculty that, individually, has shaped the discourse of contemporary American photography. In addition to the full resources of the BFA Photography Department, the resources of the MFA photography program will be available on an informal basis.
As an international location for photographic practice and dialogue, New York City offers infinite opportunity and information, and the community of SVA a threshold for that experience. The goal of the certificate program is a multi-cultural and international learning experience that will enhance the knowledge and understanding of both the resident undergraduate students and those who will gather from various parts of the world.