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November 18 - December 2, 2017
Public Reception: Thursday, November 30, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

SVA Gramercy Gallery
209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010


Open to High School students throughout the United States, we invite work that explores the theme of America in 2017. All genres and sensibilities are encouraged to participate, from work that is overtly political and issue-oriented, to that which lends a very personal interpretation to life in the United States at this precarious moment.

We are eager to give voice to the newest members of the visual community, whose future the decisions made in this tumultuous time will impact the most. Let us know who you are: what you are seeing and thinking, how you would define this vast country in the present, and what you feel about it.

Each entry (one entry per student) is limited to five images, and at least one of each will be chosen to exhibit. The work will be printed by the BFA Photography and Video Department, and the dimensions of the work will be chosen (up to 24”x32”) by the exhibition team.

Submissions open on Wednesday, September 6 and the deadline is October 1 at midnight. The exhibition will occur from November 18 to December 2, 2017, with a reception open to the public on Thursday, November 30 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. For more information please check back here for details as they are announced.


Submission Info

Each entry is limited to five images, and at least one of each will be chosen to exhibit. The work will be printed by the BFA Photography and Video Department, and the dimension of the work will be chosen (up to 24”x32”) by the exhibition team. The selected works will be exhibited in SVA's Gramercy Gallery at 209 E. 23rd Street. Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Submissions Open | Wednesday, September 6, 2017
  • Submission Deadline | October 1, 2017, at midnight.
  • Exhibition Dates | November 18 to December 2, 2017
  • Reception | Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 PM


BFA Photography and Video students at SVA immerse themselves in all aspects of commercial and fine art photography and video, gaining a better understanding of various genres, ideas and vocabularies. With access to cutting-edge facilities—as well as a 100-plus faculty of photographers, museum directors, critics, art directors, editors and collectors—they are able to hone their craft and cultivate their own sensibility and visual style.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College’s 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit




September 23 - December 2, 2017
No class November 25, 2017 in observation of Thanksgiving

SVA Photography and Video
214 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010




Fall semester classes are held on Saturdays in three-hour sessions over 10 weeks. 

Fall 2017 courses are scheduled to begin Saturday, September 23 and conclude Saturday, December 2. Courses are not scheduled November 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Studio Photography

  • Description: This is an advanced course designed for students who have prior photography experience. Students will learn continuous and non-continuous lighting techniques and build a body of work in the genre of their choice (portrait, fashion, still life, fine art). Students will have the opportunity to shoot on location and work with models. The emphasis in this course is on creative expression and developing a unique body of work that reflects the student's personal vision. Students must provide their own DSLR with manual settings. Enrollment for this class is limited to a maximum of 10 students. Credits: 1.00

Darkroom Photography

  • Description: This course will cover the creative and technical aspects of analogue black and white photography. Students will shoot on location in the city, as well as independently outside of class. The majority of class time will be spent learning film developing and printing techniques in the darkroom. Demonstrations will include: film loading, metering, and exposure methods with a manual film camera; chemical handling and use; developing techniques; contact printing, printing, and dodging and burning. There will be regular in-class critiques, and students will complete the course with a portfolio of their work. Students must provide their own 35mm film camera with a manual setting and Ilford RC 8x10 printing paper. Credits: 1.00

 Digital Photography

  • Description: This course focuses on the creative and technical fundamentals of digital photography. Students will photograph using a digital SLR and will cover topics including f-stops, shutter speeds, and ISO, as well as information about lenses, file formats, and white balance. We will use Adobe Lightroom to create a file management system and import, develop, and export and print images. There will be regular class critiques, as well as discussions about significant art and photographs. There will be one field trip to a gallery and two to three outings to photograph. Students will complete the course with a portfolio of their work. Credits: 1.00

Experimental Video

  • Description: This course will explore the technical and conceptual possibilities of the moving image. Students will learn pre-production, production, and post-production techniques and focus on articulating their interests in a narrative form. Students will complete the course with two final videos.