Photography Programs

Gain Digital Photography Experience at NYFA

In NYFA’s full-time, 1 and 2-Year Photography Certificate Programs, aspiring visual artists receive the hands-on education and experience intended to build core photography skills.

During these conservatory-based programs in New York and Los Angeles, students receive their own camera in the first semester, and use it to help create a portfolio, completing various projects that strengthen their ability to conceptualize, pre-visualize, compose, expose and edit powerful images. After graduating from our certificate programs, students can choose to continue their education in an NYFA degree program or pursue their creative and professional goals in photography.

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Certificate Programs in Photography

Photography Program

Students who enroll in NYFA’s 1-Year Photography Certificate strengthen their fundamental skill set and progress to more advanced photography techniques, following a project-based curriculum.

The program uniquely provides instruction and intensive hands-on experience in the technology, aesthetics, business, history, and theory of still photography, as well as the use of the moving image from a photographer’s perspective.

1-Year Photography Program

Photography Program

In the 2-Year Photography Certificate, students build upon the experience and skills from the one-year curriculum, advancing to Commercial and Fine Art Photography.

Students experience a progression of knowledge through creatively challenging courses, spending their final two semesters working with analog darkroom and moving image options. Projects within the two-year program include a Photographic Essay, Digital Branding Project, Final Exhibition, and more.

2-Year Photography Program

School Alumni

Samuel McKnight  

Samuel McKnight

Director | Photographer

Paquita Hughes  

Paquita Hughes

Producer | Photographer

Luc-Richard Elie  

Luc-Richard Elie



Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.