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School of Media Arts

About the School of Media Arts


Alfred State College

10 Upper College Dr.
Alfred, NY 14802

NYSSSA School of Media Arts is tentatively scheduled to be held at Alfred State College from July 2 - 28, 2017.


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We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2017 The 2017 program is tentatively scheduled for July 2 - 28 at Alfred State College.

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, esthetic 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.  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.

Ghen Zando Dennis, a nationally known media artist, is the Artistic Director of the School. She has assembled a faculty of outstanding media artists for the program.

Our Faculty

2017 Artistic Director

Student Profiles

It was a completely life changing experience for me. It was the first time in my adult life that I felt like I actually made real friendships. It was so inspiring and amazing and really really hard. It was intense because we would work in the classroom from 9am-5pm then break for a quick dinner and then go to lecture for another 2 hours or so. It was so exhausting-like a bootcamp for artists. 

A Sample Day

Media Arts

Check out what a sample day at the School of Media Arts is like!