At the New York Film Academy’s film school, faculty members and curriculum are focused on providing students with the real world know-how to help them achieve their goals. These achievements are the result of their hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances. Below are some of the positions and networks in which our alumni have worked:
Photography Degrees, Programs, and Workshops at NYFA
At NYFA’s Photography Schools in New York, Los Angeles, and other global locations, aspiring photographers learn the practical and creative elements of the visual art of photography through step-by-step instruction and hands-on projects.
Throughout the programs, students master technical and creative skills in digital photography, as well as web and business industry practices. Under the guidance of our faculty of professional photographers, students establish their unique style that can set them apart as photographers.
As NYFA strives to make education in visual storytelling and the digital arts accessible to the most diverse, international, and broadest spectrum of students, our Photography School is a welcoming community where students can collaborate and begin to build their creative network.
In NYFA’s MFA and BFA Photography programs, students gain advanced knowledge and techniques in shooting, lighting, printing, editing, graphic design, and video production. With time invested in building an expanded skillset that goes beyond the fundamentals, students explore a wide range of photographic disciplines while getting hands-on experience in fast-paced creative environments.
Throughout their studies, students complete advanced projects that may include a photographic series, promotional videos for a personal website and social media, contributions to our in-house photo magazine, FAYN, as well as a thesis exhibition. NYFA’s MFA and BFA in Photography are available at NYFA Los Angeles. The BFA in Entertainment Media, with a concentration in Photography, is available at NYFA New York.
During the 1 and 2-Year Photography Certificate Programs, available at our NYFA Los Angeles and New York campuses, students develop fundamental commercial, fine art, and documentary photography skills.
Our full-time, conservatory-based approach provides aspiring photographers the opportunity to complete hands-on projects which may include self-branding assets, their own photography book, as well as a virtual exhibition and as a portfolio of their best work.
The workshops at NYFA’s Photography School teach students the essentials of both the technical and creative sides of photography. Through hands-on projects and one-on-one instruction, students rapidly build skills, completing projects that include a final portfolio. NYFA also offers a variety of online workshops.
- Los Angeles, CA
- New York City
- Florence, Italy
Students at NYFA’s Photography School study under our prestigious faculty who are professional Photographers working across the spectrum of photographic genres. Receiving hands-on training from our faculty in a wide range of photographic disciplines, our students gain spectacular insight into what it means to pursue creative goals in photography.
Acclaimed artist/photographer Nancy Burson’s work is shown in museums and galleries internationally. “Seeing and Believing”, her traveling 2002 retrospective originating at the Grey Art Gallery, was nominated for Best Solo Museum Show of the Year in New York City by the International Association of Art Critics. She has served as a visiting professor at Harvard and was a member of the adjunct photography faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for five years.
Her work is included in museums worldwide including the MoMA, Metropolitan Museum, and the Whitney Museum in New York City, as well as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, the LA County Museum of Art, and the Getty Museum, MoMA (San Francisco), the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, as well as many others. She has collaborated with Creative Time, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Deutsche Bank in completing several important public art projects in NYC.
Chair of Photography
Naomi White Chair of Photography
Naomi White is a feminist, artist, activist, and educator invested in ideas at the intersection of political ecology and photography. She is the winner of PDN’s Objects of Desire award and has exhibited throughout North America and Europe, including the Center for Creative Photography, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, GE World Headquarters; CAMP Gallery, Scope Miami, and Photo LA. She has been awarded residencies at Jentel Arts and Artist Residencies in Motherhood.
Her work has been published in PDN, The Brooklyn Rail, Uncertain States, and On Art & Aesthetics. White holds an MFA in Photography and Related Media from SVA in New York, and a BA in English Literature from San Francisco State.
Chair of Photography
David Mager Chair of Photography
Chair of Photography
Native New Yorker David Mager has worked as a commercial photographer for over 20 years, shooting mostly in the publishing market. Clients have included Disney, DK, Scholastic, Der Speigel, McGraw-Hill, Penguin, Time Out NY, Parents Magazine, and Park Place Magazine, to name a few.
David is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom and has received a Master’s of Professional Studies from the School of Visual Arts as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University.
For the last 10 years, David has been teaching and sharing his industry experience with students at the New York Film Academy.
The Photography School at NYFA strives to offer an intensive and focused education that provides hands-on experience and practical training. The achievements of our NYFA alumni are the result of their hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances, and after NYFA, many photography alumni have found success in the visual arts, pursuing goals in commercial, editorial, fine art and documentary photography, and also become Cinematographers and Content Producers in advertising, editorial, e-commerce, film, and media companies.
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.