We maintain state-of-the-art labs, which integrate video, photography, and multimedia in a readily available and accessible way. We have no hesitancy about these post-revolutionary times, and feel the current technology has only added to the possibilities of our creativity. The students of MFA Photography, Video & Related Media are given not only the tools and the skills necessary to negotiate the new patterns of creativity and communication, but also the inspiration and the discipline to create meaningfully.
Studio and labs are available for student use 24 hours a day.
16 Mac Pros with latest versions of the Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro as well as additional editing and programming applications Eizo monitors attached to all Mac Pro editing stations.
1 Wacom Cintiq Pro 24" display
2 private editing booths
3 Hasselblad X1 Scanners
2 Epson 10000XL Flatbed Scanners
1 Epson Stylus Pro 11880 64" printer
1 Epson SureColor 9000 44" printer
2 Epson SureColor 7000 24" printers
3 Epson SureColor P800 17" printers
3 GTI Vertical Print Inspectors
ClassroomsClassrooms are equipped with Apple iMac's and a versatile Extron system for showing and experiencing work and materials through projectors, monitors, and speakers.
Lecture Space/Screening Room/Classroom 120 Our newly renovated multi-functional space is capable of seating up to 120 people outfitted with a Christie D13HD laser projector (13.5' image) and boomin' Danley speakers.
We have 3 available studio spaces on site for students to reserve for large scale projects, as well as a large shared Studio Space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which is awarded to 8 students who follow the application guidlines and maintain excellent academic standing.
12' Seamless system for backdrops and chroma screen
Dell 4K monitor connected to a Mac Pro for viewing imagery when tethered
2 Arri L7-C LED Fresnel lights
Foba stand with Manfrotto and FLM heads
Canon 5DSR with multiple lenses
Phase One 645 medium format camera with P40+ digital back and Schneider lenses
Fully stocked lighting closet with Profoto strobes, packs, accessories
Fully stocked grip cabinet with C-stands, pic stands, sandbags, arms and knuckles, etc...
Complete control of environmental lighting with blackout curtains
Storage closet for student use
Department Technical Requirements
Laptops must have the following minimum specifications:
multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
the latest Mac Operating System (currently v.10.13)
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
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)
Students are also required to purchase the following:
Equipment available for checkout includes:
Canon 5DSR, Mark III and Mark IV's
Fixed prime and zoom Canon L-series lenses
Canon C-200 EF Cinema Camera kits
Canon and Zeiss Cine lenses
Red Scarlet-X camera kit
Black Magic 4K Camera kits
GoPro Hero camera
Sony Alpha a7R mirrorless camera kits
Fujifilm GFX 50s medium format mirrorless camera kit
Mamiya 7II and RZ67 camera kits
Toyo and Sinar 4x5 cameras with multiple lenses
Zoom H6 and H4 recorders
Sennheiser shotgun and lavalier mics
Profoto A1, B1, and Acute lighting kits
A large variety of light modifiers and lighting accessories
Arri Locaster LED kits, Kino Flo kits, Arri Omni Softbank kits, and Dedo kits
Manfrotto and Sachtler tripods (ballhead, and pan/tilt)
Samsung LED LFD TV's with integrated media players
Mitsubishi, Epson, and BenQ short throw HD projectors
Matrox TripleHead2Go external multi-display adapters
Videotel vp71 media players
Oculus Rift Development kit
Macbook Pro Laptops
The MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department is a Macintosh-based studio program and cannot support PC platforms.
Visible Futures Lab
The Visible Futures Lab, located on the 7th floor of 132 W. 21st Street, is a creative lab and workshop open to all graduate students upon request. VFL facilities include 3-D printers, digital embroidery machines, laser cutters, workshop tools, and more. Please see details and the request form here: About the Visible Futures Lab.
All of our classrooms are networked and equipped with computers, projectors, and LCD flatscreens.