A LEtter from the chair
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 29 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 engage throughout their matriculation and long after graduation, as they continue to pursue their goals.
We continually push the boundaries of the techniques, theory, and practice of the new technologies. 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.
Our students are encouraged to rethink their own assumptions and engage an enlightened audience, not only visually, but also contextually. The department’s celebrated faculty actively works with students to develop contemporary and responsible creative initiatives, including experimental, narrative or documentary video, installation and conceptual art, tableau, and real-world-witness photography. We encourage the critical thinking necessary for students to expand their ideas and make notable contributions to both the social and cultural environments.
Charles H. Traub
Chair, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media