Summer 2018 Program: Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 27, 2018

Summer Pre-College is an intensive three-week program that provides the experience of attending art school in the heart of New York City. Students are immersed in their chosen field of study through unique studio projects and instruction from SVA’s award-winning faculty. Classes are taught Monday through Friday from 9am - 4pm and take place in SVA facilities. The program is further enhanced by a robust offering of evening and weekend chaperoned activities and events that take full advantage of the social and cultural life of New York City.

Pre-College is open to all students who are 14 - 18 years of age and will be enrolled in high school in Fall 2018. Approximately 400 students participate in the summer program and 200 students live in SVA housing. Students living in housing during the program must be mature, responsible and ready for the creative and personal freedom this program allows.

Students register for one course and will receive three college credits and a letter grade for the successful completion of the summer program.

SVA's Pre-College Program is designed for high school students who want to enhance their creative skills, learn more about a particular field of art, develop a portfolio and experience the challenges and triumphs that exist at one of the most dynamic colleges.

SVA's Pre-College Program offers courses taught by the same faculty of leading art professionals who teach in the college's undergraduate degree programs. Students will explore the fundamentals of art and design at a level not readily available in high school.

Learn more about how to register from Pre-college here.

  Photo Credit: William Stapp

Photo Credit: William Stapp

Digital Photography

Digital Photography 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. 

Section A Faculty: Elizabeth Bick
Section B Faculty: Matthew Rader


  Photo Credit: Jillian Fitzell

Photo Credit: Jillian Fitzell

Darkroom: Alternative Photographic Processes

Are you looking to work beyond the traditional gelatin silver darkroom? In this hands-on course, you'll learn how to make images using hand-coated emulsions and non-silver darkroom processes. Students will learn how to create works using chemistry and raw material based techniques and processes using digital negatives including cyanotype, kallitype, palladium, gum bichromate, and more. Previous darkroom or digital experience is not required.

Faculty: Amber Dietz

  Still from 'Alienated' by student  Fatma Oukili

Still from 'Alienated' by student Fatma Oukili

Experimental Video

The Experimental Video 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.

Faculty: Claire Christerson 


  Photo Credit: Claire Christerson

Photo Credit: Claire Christerson

Studio Photography

Precollege Studio 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.

Section A Faculty: Isaac Diggs

  Photo Credit: Ellen Wallenstein

Photo Credit: Ellen Wallenstein

Darkroom: Traditional Black & White

Darkroom Photography 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. 

Faculty: Ellen Wallenstein