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All work must be submitted to the NYSSSA Albany Office by February 15th (if submitting by Snail Mail- your materials must be postmarked by February 15th).
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:
*Electronic Sound Art
*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.
- Any work you submit must include the appropriate forms and identification. Click here for more information and for the School of Media Art's Forms and audition process.
- Make sure you include the Adjudication Form with the student portion completely filled in, including the Statement of Artistic Intent on the back of the form, with your submitted work.
- In the area of 16 mm film or video , one to three short works may be submitted (on mini-DV, DVD or via email link to the applicants work on youtube or vimeo with any necessary passwords) that best represent your skills and aesthetic vision. 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 digital photography, students will engage in computer editing . Some darkroom experience is desired by not required. Your portfolio should include at least ten, but not more than twelve, individual photographs. Students may submit their work electronically via disk or flash drive (JPEG files are preferred). Please note flash drives and disks will not be returned to students.
- In the area of computer animation and intermedia , students should submit animations and computer based creative work. This include web site design, game design, drawings, paintings and/or graphic works created on computers and hybrid works involving some computer based component. Your portfolio should include at least five, but not more than fifteen, examples of works on disk, DVD, photocopy, or paper print.
- In the area of electronic sound art students should submit works they best feel demonstrate their artistic interest. Students should submit sonic compositions, and/or performance recordings.
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
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)
All applications and media works must be postmarked by
February 15, 2016
- 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?
I want to apply to Media Arts, but my school doesn't have classes in my area of interest or I don't have any work to show!
We welcome applications from students who have a strong interest in, but little or no firsthand experience with, any of our disciplines. A student who has no work to show in a particular discipline must write a sincere and compelling statement articulating her/his interest in devoting an intensive month to study. Such applications will be well served if they are accompanied by evidence of creative work in and dedicated study of some other creative medium. Acceptable “other” creative media include many disciplines: writing, poetry, sculpture, painting, drawing, theatre, voice, fashion, design. When a student is unable to submit work in the discipline to which she is applying, it is very important that a written statement articulate her interest in that discipline and her eager willingness to apply herself and learn.
Here are some examples:
Problem: You want to apply for Electronic Sound Art, but do not have any personal compositional work. You HAVE spent over 5 years studying piano, and have a deep appreciation of modern jazz.
How to Apply: Send a recording of a recent piano recital and write about listening to Monk and Coltrane
Problem: Applicant for Computer Animation/ Intermedia has taken a computer graphics class in high school but has no animations.
How to Apply: He sends his best 4 or 5 graphics pieces and writes about his love of computers, and his interest in the vast possibilities of the Adobe Creative Suite, and his overall eagerness to LEARN MORE.
Problem: Applicant to 16mm film has never shot film but has made digital motion pictures and wants to work with actual FILM and wants to really understand exposure and lenses.
How to Apply: The Student sends video and asks to be placed in 16mm film explaining their interest to work with film at the program.
Students and parents wishing for further information should email NYSSSA at: email@example.com
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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