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Photography School at the New York Film Academy

Included with Full Enrollment of MFA, BFA, TWO-YEAR & ONE-YEAR PROGRAMS, you will receive a FREE State of the art Canon 6D or the Nikon D600 allowing you to take stills and HD Videos, and that you can take with you when you complete the course.

The New York Film Academy’s Photography School offers hands-on immersion programs that equip students to become working professionals in the creative world of still photography.

Overview

At the New York Film Academy, students receive comprehensive instruction in the aesthetics, techniques, and business of photography through hands-on, experiential assignments while learning to use state-of-the-art technology, equipment and software. Our MFA, One Year Conservatory and Short Term Workshops are designed both for students beginning their education in photography and for those interested in augmenting skills to advance their careers.

Photography by Alexandra Wolf Photography is an art form, a way of seeing the world; it’s also the most popular hobby on the planet. But great art can only be created through the vision of an artist who has mastered the broad technical and aesthetic challenges that require every photographer to make dozens of split-second decisions about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, composition, focal length, gesture, and the precise moment of exposure when capturing a photograph. At the New York Film Academy, these decisions become instinctual through the intensive instruction provided by our celebrated faculty of award-winning industry professionals and through intensive, hands-on practice. Leveraging a network of working photographers, editors, publishers, curators, and potential employers, students are exposed to the entire ecosystem of professional photography and will be prepared to enter it with the confidence that can only come from firsthand experience.

Our Philosophy

Our photography schools philosophy is simple: we train students to produce consistently excellent work on-demand. We give you the tools to achieve your personal vision through photography, and the guidance on turning your passion into a profession.

What makes New York Film Academy Different?

Our students say it’s the clear, practical quality of the instruction; the supportive, no-nonsense environment; the hands-on classes; and the chance to practice every major genre of photography with aesthetic and technical guidance from world class instructors -- all while shooting in some of the most exciting locations in the world. Students also mention how working in a collaborative learning environment with classmates from all over the world is a life-changing experience.

Perhaps most importantly, students leave the New York Film Academy with a portfolio of spectacular images, technical expertise, sophisticated aesthetic sensibilities, and a practical understanding of the business of photography.

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Chair's Blog
Learning to See Past the Camera
The hardest part about teaching at a photography school is finding a way to convey the principles that are instinctive and absolutely essential to the art form, but which you've never tried to explain verbally. The most important photography school lessons can only be learned if you can persuade a student to willingly "fail,"... >> Read full article
Learning to See Past the Camera
The hardest part about teaching at a photography school is finding a way to convey the principles that are instinctive and absolutely essential to the art form, but which you've never tried to explain verbally. The most important photography school lessons can only be learned if you can persuade a student to willingly "fail," and to participate in an analysis of what really happened within a supportive atmosphere of trusted peers without worrying about looking foolish.

The most fundamental, essential and difficult lesson in photography is not grappling with the technical complexities of apertures and shutter speeds and the like. It is the problem of creating true empathy and perception in the photographer for their subject. Ultimately, all technical matters of exposure, lighting, composition and focus have to be handled with such facility that the photographer can create the best possible visual form instinctively without ever losing sight of the content: the person standing in front of them, uncomfortable, restless, trying to read from the photographer's body language and unfortunate glimpses at the immediate electronic image (oof - that doesn't look good) how they're "performing."

But the sitter shouldn't have to perform for the camera. The photographer's highest calling is to truly see the person in front of them, to earn their trust, and to reveal something so honest that it startles even the subject themselves. And the only way to do that is to practice the craft until it becomes second nature so that the photographer can attend to their real job: watching and learning something about the person in front of them.

Brian Dilg
Chair
New York Film Academy Photography School
Photography by Yukie Sato Also, included with enrollment in the MFA and One Year Conservatory is a state-of-the-art Canon EOS 6D or Nikon D600 that students use during the program and post-graduation.

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Please click on the individual programs above for detailed descriptions of the courses. We also encourage prospective students to visit our school to audit classes, meet faculty, interact with current students, and experience first-hand the New York Film Academy’s photography school. If you can't visit one of our locations, we encourage you to contact us and speak directly with our faculty and staff.

Please also visit our FAQ page, where you can find answers to frequently asked questions. We look forward to helping make your dreams a reality!