School of Media Arts
June 26- July 22, 2016
SUNY Oswego


Co-Sponsored by NYSMATA and NYSATA

Click here to submit your application for the 2016 School of Media Arts

Portfolio Reviews for work submitted prior to Feburary 15th have started.

Students may continue to submit portfolios for review. Applications will be adjudicated as they are received.

Please visit our Application page or contact NYSSSA at 518-474-8773 or NYSSSA@nysed.gov for more information.

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What is the School of Media Arts All About?

Media Arts is an intensive, immersion art making experience. Each student participates in a month of day-long creative workshops devoted to a particular discipline:

*16mm Filmmaking

*Digital Photography

*Electronic Sound Art

*Computer Animation/Intermedia

*Digital Video Art

Our goal is to develop each student’s creative process. All students work on the creation of personal, meaningful, increasingly complex, artistic statements. We are interested in ideas, curiosity, discovery, critique, and the discipline of engaged creative exploration.

With extensive viewings and discussions of work, each class includes a strong foundation in the history of it’s medium. All classes teach fundamental, formal, aesthetic principals.  Classes also involve extensive teaching of the technical skills associated with each individual discipline.The first 2 1/2 weeks are generally spent learning foundations, history, and technical skills, and completing assigned exercises.  The final week and ½ is spent developing and finishing individual final projects.

Free your imagination and be part of an inspiring adventure in the cutting-edge fields of video, filmmaking, photography, electronic sound art 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.


What is Electronic Sound Art?

Electronic Sound Art  explores the creative possibilities of sound recording, electronic music composition, sound mixing and a variety of sonic presentation forms. Working with recorded sound samples, synthesized sounds, and other audio samples, students will learn recording, electronic audio synthesis, sound processing, sound design, editing, and music composition.  Electronic Sound Art class projects will include formal electronic music compositions, sound tracks for student films, audio “installations” (interactive acoustic- spaces), Musique concrete, and other musical forms. 


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Application Process

Send sample(s) of your work to:

NYSSSA - School of Media Arts
State Education Department
Office of Cultural Education
Cultural Education Center

Room 10D79
Albany, New York 12230




Email your work (with adjudication form!) to NYSSSA at:

NYSSSA@nysed.gov.  It is strongly encouraged that you call NYSSSA to confirm receipt of your emailed porftolio at (518) 474-8773)


Students may continue to submit work for Summer 2016.  Applications will be adjudicated in the order they are received

Rating Criteria

Content of Work
Structure of Work
Use of Media and Its Elements
Overall Rating


Tuition and Financial Aid

The entire cost of attending the School of Media Arts, including tuition, instruction, room and board is $2,200. 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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Want to Learn More About the School of Media Arts?


What is the School of Media Arts REALLY Like?  Read Alumni/Faculty Taylor's Profile!

Taylor Dunne

Read About Taylor's NYSSSA Experience!

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NYSSSA Media Arts Alumni Melanie Martinez was a 2012 Finalist on NBC's The Voice! 

Check out Melanie Performing in front of a film she created at NYSSSA!

2017 Artistic Director Search-- please click here for more information.