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Future of Images: The Lens and Screen Arts

Dates: July 8-August 9, 2019
Tuition: $3,000
4 undergraduate studio credits 

From 3D capture and output to coding and photogrammetry, the future of photographic imagery presents new challenges and exciting possibilities for lens-based artists. This unique studio residency is specifically designed for serious artists who wish to explore that potential. In addition to the creation of personal work, residents will participate in several intensive workshops introducing them to the basics of 3D capture and output, as well as coding for artists. Each week there will be studio visits and critiques by faculty and guest critics, as well as lectures and screenings. Artists will be encouraged and supported in their efforts to develop their work both conceptually and aesthetically, and introduced to new tools to achieve those goals. 

All residents will be given a personal workspace and have full access to the printing and studio facilities at the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department, including studio equipment, digital imaging and output centers. Residents also have access to SVA's Visible Futures Lab, a state-of-the-art fabrication studio, which offers a wide range of tools including 3D printers and capture devices. 

Studio facilities in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department are available from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm daily, and overnight stays are allowed with entry to the building prior to 11:00 pm. 

Core faculty: Elizabeth Kilroy, John Heida, Liz Zito and Adam Bell

Visiting curators, critics and artists will include: Chrissie Iles, Leah Beeferman and Clement Valla, among others.

Prerequisite: Participants must have completed a minimum of two years of college and demonstrate a fluency in the photographic medium.

NOTE: A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program. Residents who wish to borrow equipment from the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department are required to provide proof of insurance with rental endorsement, listing SVA as a co-insured. Participants will be held responsible for payment of any loss, theft or damage incurred to the equipment. SVA provides information on affordable insurance plans.

For further information or questions regarding SVA's Summer Residencies e-mail residency@sva.edu or call 212.592.2188.

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Facilities and Equipment


- 15 MacPro Stations (includes 2 Editing Booths with sound recording and mixing)
- Epson 11880/9900/7900/4900/P800 Printers
- 2 Hassleblad X1 Film Scanners
- 2 Epson Flatbed Scanners
- 1 27” Wacom Cintiq Pen Display
- All Department computers have a variety of software installed including Adobe CC Master Suite, Final Cut Pro, Microsoft Office and Avid ProTools and Max7 USB iLock dongles are available for checkout through cage

While the department has a variety of printers, scanners, and workstations, we recommend all residents come with an Apple laptop with the latest Adobe software, a portable hard drive and provide your own SD or Compact Flash card for all cameras. (Please note: The department cannot support PC platforms.)

We recommend laptops with the following minimum specifications:

• multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
• the latest Mac Operating System (currently v.10.11)
• at least 8 GB of RAM (16 GB recommended)
• 256 GB hard drive, 7200 RPM or faster (flash storage
• at least 10 GB of available hard-disk space for installation
and to preview/work on files
• Adobe-certified GPU card with at least 1 GB of VRAM
• 1280×800 display (2880×1800 recommended)
• must be able to connect to the Internet
Students are also required to purchase the following:
• portable external hard drive with storage of at least 1 TB
• yearly subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud software

• students must provide SD or CompactFlash card(s) for most cameras checked out from the department cage (minimum 16GB, 60MB/s recommended)

Visible Futures Lab

Students will also have access to the Visible Futures Lab, a state of the art digital fabrication studio that includes 3D printers, CNC routers, and more. For a full list of latest equipment please see the VLF website: http://vfl.sva.edu/facilities/


Although the department will have a variety of camera and lighting equipment available, we strongly recommend that residents bring their own camera to make work. Additional lighting and studio equipment will be made available, as will additional lens and video specific equipment.

- Canon 5D Mark III and II kits (w/ variety of lenses)
- Profoto Strobe kits (2400/1200/600)
- Arri / Dedo / Omni / Kinoflow continuous lighting kits
- Softboxes / Grids / Reflectors
- Manfrotto Tripods
- Pic / C-Stands
- Sony FS700, BlackMagic, and Red video cameras
- Sound recording equipment - Zooms, lavalier microphones etc.

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