SMA Application Forms
There are two forms that need to be completed to apply to the NYSSSA School of Media Arts. The first is the general media arts Application Form and the second is the Adjudication Form (PDF File) . Students should then submit their work (with the Adjudication Form Attached) to NYSSSA by February 1st.
You may email your work to NYSSSA at NYSSSA@nysed.gov (Please include your full name in the email subject). It is strongly encouraged that you call NYSSSA to confirm receipt of your emailed porftolio at (518) 474-8773) .
If mailing your work directly to NYSSSA, it must be POSTMARKED by February 1st. Please mail your artwork to NYSSSA at: NYSSSA, Cultural Education Center, Room 10D79, Albany, NY 12230.
- 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.
PLEASE NOTE! 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.
Click here to download and print the School of Media Arts Adjudication Form. Remember to include this completed form with your submitted artwork.
Send sample(s) of your work to NYSSSA Directly:
February 1, 2016
NYSSSA School of Media Arts
NYS Office of Cultural Education
222 Madison Avenue, Rm 10D79 CEC
Albany, NY 12230
Email your portfolio (with completed Adjudication Form!)