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New York Film Academy Photography

Overview of Our Hands-on Photography School

Photography School

Program tuition includes an HDSLR camera and exotic one-week trip

Review Of The New York Photography Program


There is no shortage of photography colleges in the United States, but there is not another top photography school quite like the New York Film Academy. Our photography school focuses on the practical elements of photography, so students not only learn the essential theory taught by any photography program, but also master the technical and business practices that will help students realize their professional goals upon completion of our photography school, whether they attend at our campuses in New York City, Los Angeles, or South Beach.

As one of the best photography schools, the New York Film Academy offers students the remarkable opportunity to study under award-winning, professional photographers who remain active in many genres of photography, from fine art to fashion, commercial work to photojournalism. The Academy’s photography school instructors are not simply interested in producing competent photographers, but artists who each possess a singular voice that will make their work immediately recognizable. Furthermore, the curriculum and faculty at the photography school is also focused on preparing students to apply what they have learned in class and their coursework to the real world. Simply put, students receive an extraordinary educational experience designed to best prepare them to achieve their professional goals.



Photography Courses

Students interested in enrolling in a photography program can expect to take the following photography courses depending on their chosen program or workshop. To see the full list of courses for your program or workshop, please click here.

Photo I Imaging I Vision & Style I
Shooting Lab Ways of Seeing I Professional Lighting Practices
Photo II Intermediate Imaging Ways of Seeing II
Production Lab Vision & Style II Applied Photography I
Moving Image I Film Photography Applied Photography II
The Critical Eye Personal Vision I Imaging Output
Professional Methods Moving Image II Processes & Cultures of Photography
Portfolio Development Capture to Print Current Perspectives in Photography
Personal Vision II Photo Foundations Historical & Critical Perspectives

Photography Classes

Like other top photography schools, students interested in taking a photography class at the Academy are able to enroll at different dates throughout the year. A list of start dates can be viewed here.

Photography Degrees

Offered at the Academy’s Los Angeles campus, students interested in making a full-time commitment to photography can choose from one of the following photography degree programs.

Photography Workshops

For students who wish to make a more concentrated time commitment to our Photography School, attending a photography workshop at the Academy is perfect for students looking for a comprehensive introduction to the craft of photography.

Photography Programs

In addition to the Academy’s photography degree programs and workshops, the Photography School also offers one- and two-year conservatory photography programs.

Photography Faculty

Students at the Academy’s photography school study under our prestigious faculty of instructors who are professional photographers working across the spectrum of photographic genres. Each faculty member guides students though the demanding curriculum to help them achieve their educational goals and students receive hands-on training in a wide range of photographic disciplines, giving students spectacular insight into the realities of the contemporary photography market. Faculty members at the New York Film Academy’s photography school include:
Ralph Gibson, Photography School Chair of Contemporary Photography Ralph Gibson, Chair of the Department of Contemporary Photography:
A major player in the development of modern fine art photography, Gibson studied photography while in the U.S. Navy and later at the San Francisco Art Institute, going on to serve as an assistant to legendary photographer Dorothea Lange and work with famous photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank. Today, Gibson’s work has been included in over 150 museum collections and published in over 40 monographs. He recently was honored with the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in Visual Arts.

NYFA photography school co-chair David Mager David Mager, Chair of Photography, NYC Campus: Born and based in New York, Mager has over twenty years of experience working as a commercial photographer with a focus on publishing. Past clients include DK, Disney, Scholastic, Der Spiegel, McGraw-Hill, Penguin, Parents Magazine, and Time Out NY. In addition, Mager is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom.

NYFA photography school co-chair Paul Sunday Paul Sunday: Known around the world for his portrait, beauty, and fashion photography, Sunday is a NYC-based photographer whose work has been published in such publications as W Magazine, Vanity Fair, German Vogue, Soma, Interview, Cosmopolitan, and Architectural Digest amongst many others. He received his BA in Theatre Arts from Fordham College and studied photography at the International Center of Photography.

Photography Alumni

Whether enrolling in a short-term workshop or photography program, graduates from the Academy’s photography school have gone on to have their images published in nationally syndicated magazines like Elle and win awards for their work. Click here to see what else our alumni have accomplished.

Career Opportunities

The Academy’s excellent photography training prepares students to achieve professional success in addition to teaching them the essentials of photography. The Academy prepares students for a variety of different career and job opportunities that include such positions, companies, and organizations as the following:

Freelance Photographer Fashion Photographer Photojournalist
Commercial Photographer Wedding Photographer Nature Photographer
Fine Art Photographer Sports Photographer Event Photographer

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Contact Us

If you wish to learn more about the photography school at the New York Film Academy, you can call us at +1 (212) 674-4430 or click the below links to receive more information and apply online.


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*The photography expedition is planned and supervised by NYFA faculty and staff. Please note, participants pay for the costs of their transportation, accommodation, and food. The trip is scheduled during a school vacation or semester break. It is offered as an optional experience, students are not required to participate.
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