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Overview of Our Photography Classes

Intensive, demanding, and hands-on, the Academy’s photography classes offer students the opportunity to acquire the fundamentals and practical experience to excel at photography.

The photography school at the New York Film Academy offers a wide range of photography classes. Each photography class is a fantastic way for individuals to learn both the technical and aesthetic concerns of photography. You can enroll in one of the photography school’s short-term photography workshops or in the Academy’s more extensive photography classes, such as our One- and Two-Year Conservatory Programs or our Bachelor* and Master of Fine Arts* degree programs.


Whether enrolling in a short-term workshop or a longer program, students in the Photography School’s photography classes receive both fundamental training in the technical aspects of photography while learning to develop their aesthetic voice. Across our programs and workshops, students can expect to take the following core photography classes. To view the rest of the photography classes offered at the New York Film Academy, please click here.

Photo: The core photography class of the photography’s school curriculum, Photo includes lectures, demonstrations, shooting assignments, and in-class critique while challenging students to execute demanding assignments including fashion, beauty, still life, portraiture, editorial, complex composites, and more.

Imaging: In this photography class, students learn to train their eyes to be able to pre-visualize the possibilities latent in an image, to apply principles of color, and understand how the viewer “reads” an image in order to create photographs that will stand the test of time.

Ways of Seeing: Students study and analyze the canon of master photographers, not only by analyzing their distinct techniques, aesthetics, and approaches, but also by literally re-creating their images with precise attention to composition, lighting, gesture, format, and palette. Following this photography class, students are able to select the best methods by which to realize their own unique vision.

Vision & Style: With a focus on assignments, students engage in long-term documentary, fine art, and personal projects even as they analyze their fellow students’ work. This culminates in a final exhibition of their work, and the creation of a fine art book or portfolio.

Shooting and Production Lab: Shooting Lab is a unique, hands-on opportunity to develop core professional skills by putting into practice the principles taught in Photo on location shoots with real-time guidance from instructors. Production Lab assists students in the production, editing, organization, and printing of their final exhibition.

Applied Photography: Students acquire a comprehensive set of practical skills far beyond just taking good pictures. They execute a series of assignments under conditions matching as closely as possible the challenges they might face in the real world.

In addition to this core curriculum, students enrolled in longer programs at the Photography School will delve deeper into the subjects covered in the above photography classes.

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