A new discipline is developing in the lens and screen arts, and the creative imagemaker can no longer work solely in the traditional divisions of photography and video. High-definition, video-capable DSLR cameras have transformed the conventional image and enabled us to create professional-quality films. While still and moving imagery may be produced with the same set of tools, each requires very different approaches and practices. The still photography practitioner must understand the language of the moving image, and vice versa.

This four-week engagement, led by senior faculty members of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at SVA, will immerse participants in the practice of these new technologies. The residency will provide a highly charged atmosphere in which talents participate in productive dialogue and collaborations. Initial sessions will alternate practical studio lab and on-location production using hardware such as the Canon 5D Mark II and III. Postproduction editing with Apple Final Cut Pro and file management will follow, and we will examine current modes of exhibition and distribution.

Practical workshops will be augmented by seminars exploring the history, theory and conceptual issues that characterize the divergences in the production practices of the still and moving image. Critiques of works-in-progress as well as screenings of films and visits to studios, galleries and museums will complement the coursework. The goal of the program is for residents to develop their own projects and realize a personal vision in this lens-arts hybrid.

Distinguished guest lecturers and critics have included: Alan Berliner, Jennifer Blessing, Nat Trotman, Amy Taubin, Michelle Leftheris, Elizabeth Biondi, Neal Slavin, Chris Callis, Bob Bowen, Anthony Forma, Roger Phenix, Bob Richman, Shelly Silver, Charles Traub and Graham Weinbren.

Participants have 24-hour access to shooting studios and video labs. Workshops, equipment, facilities, critiques, screenings, history/theory seminars, field trips and consultancies are all included.

Samples of past residents’ work can be viewed on our Vimeo channel.


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


A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program. A $1,100 deposit for use of photographic equipment is required. Participants will be held responsible for payment of any loss, theft or damage incurred to the equipment.

Rethinking Visual Literacy Summer Residency

Reading and writing alone no longer define 21st-century literacy in a world where image, data, and language are intertwined and of equal importance. For the first time, the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department of the School of Visual Arts will gather a diverse group of people across many disciplines for an intensive summer forum to rethink what constitutes literacy in our time. Over the course of the program, participants will engage in intensive workshops and presentation by leaders in the fields of visual culture, social media, education, art, science, and history. The goal is to engage participants in understanding and re-imagining new possibilities for teaching, learning and expression through images and the technologies of image making.

The program kicks off with an eminent keynote speaker. Throughout the week, participants will meet with lecturers and panelists for evening discussions and seminars. Topics include the history and meaning of visual literacy, the diverse roles the lens arts play within society, the role of images in social media, curriculum development for K-12 students, and how visual literacy can be taught with readily available and inexpensive technology. At the conclusion of the program, participants will present their own research and findings for promoting visual learning in their respective fields.

For further information or questions regarding SVA’s Summer Residencies, contact:

Keren Moscovitch, Program Coordinator
Division of Continuing Education
Tel: 212-592-2188
E-mail: kmoscovitch@sva.edu