2013 School of Media Arts: June 30 – July 27
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Free your imagination and be part of an inspiring adventure in the cutting-edge fields of video, filmmaking, photography, or computer graphic arts in the School of Media Arts held at SUNY Oswego. We will require your intense focus, motivation, and commitment in this program. Your reward will be exciting and challenging classes, work sessions, critiques, lectures, field trips, and presentations by visiting artists.
While the curriculum stresses creative production, it is not exclusively goal-oriented. Exploration, experimentation, and discovery are stressed. The process - an awareness of the avenues of discovery and stimulating detours - is as important as product.
Robert Harris, a nationally known media artist, is the Artistic Director of the School. He has assembled a faculty of outstanding media artists for the program.
Your classes will include an introduction to the specific facilities; a review of fundamentals; an exploration of new techniques and processes; an overview of aesthetics; surveys of contemporary work, trends, and ideas; and extensive production work that emphasizes individual or small group projects. Ongoing critical overview and critique will be directed toward your presentation of a final project.
The program culminates with a final show and screening. All students are strongly encouraged to finish work for display in this show. Photographers and computer artists will display their work on walls and in computer monitor installations. Film and video makers will present their projects in installations and/or a theatrical presentation.
Please follow these instructions for submitting your work for adjudication:
- Any work you submit must include the appropriate forms and identification. Mail the completed Student Application Form to the address indicated on the application. The Adjudication Form with the student portion completely filled in, including the Statement of Artistic Intent on the back of the form, must accompany all submissions to the adjudication site or person.
- In the area of film or video, one or more works may be submitted on VHS, mini-DV or DVD. The work must be clearly identified in terms of your role in the creation of the work. If you created the work with several students, you must clearly state what work you did on the film or video.
- In the area of chemical photography, classes will involve darkroom/chemistry work. One year of darkroom experience is required. For digital photography, computer editing will replace darkroom work. Some darkroom experience is desired by not required. Your portfolio should include at least eight, but not more than twelve, individual photographs or slides.
- In the area of computer arts, your portfolio should include at least five, but not more than fifteen, examples of works on disk, DVD, VHS, slide, photocopy, or paper print.
You can have your work adjudicated in one of two ways:
Send sample(s) of your work to:
NYSSSA - School of Media Arts
State Education Department
Office of Cultural Education
Cultural Education Center
Albany, New York 12230
All applications and media works must be postmarked by March 31, 2013.
Have your work adjudicated at one of the New York State Youth Media Arts Shows held regionally throughout the state.
- Is the purpose of the work clear?
- How well do the images and ideas relate to each other?
- Does the title fit the piece?
- Is there a point of view?
- Is more information presented than needed?
- Are the edits, crops, splices, layering of sounds, etc., technically correct?
- Is there a design, a plan for the work such as a score or storyboard?
- If the student is working in one of the moving media (film/video), is a good variety of shots, special effects, etc., used?
- In computer arts, is the software used creatively, effectively, etc.?
- If titles or credits are used, are they readable, creative, suitable?
- Have you explored what the chosen media can do?
- Depending on the media, are color, light, shape/form, movement, time, line, texture, etc., used effectively to enhance the piece's message?
- Has your technological knowledge been a vehicle for fulfilling the work or has it become intrusive?
- This is not a single tabulation of the rating categories, but an intuitive, holistic evaluation of the student and the work. Considerations include whether there is a balance between content, structure, and media; whether your work reveals your ability to conceptualize; and whether there is a rightness and fitness to the work?
Tuition and Financial Aid
The entire cost of attending the School of Media Arts, including tuition, instruction, room and board is $2,100. NYSSSA's summer programs are open to all New York State students currently enrolled in grades 8 through 12 who qualify through the audition process. Tuition, room, and board costs should not discourage any talented young artist from auditioning.
We want any talented young artist who is accepted through our audition process, regardless of his or her ability to pay for the school, to be able to attend, so tuition assistance is available. Tuition assistance forms are mailed to students after the audition process. NYSSSA awards financial assistance based upon individual need.
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