Overview

Immerse yourself in the city through a survey of fashion, photography and film — three forms of self-expression that speak volumes in New York's cultural landscape.

This course will encourage students to experience New York City as a backdrop for self-expression, visiting cultural landmarks to build observational and storytelling skills through the lenses of fashion style, photography and film. As students develop their observational skills, they will also begin to explore the craft behind each of the three art forms. Each discipline will have projects and critical thinking exercises that ask students to employ creativity and thoughtful analysis of political, social and historical themes.

This multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared toward students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college and life after high school. From site visits and excursions to lectures by expert practitioners, the Explorations program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• Modern materials, production techniques, supply chains and distribution channels have created an atmosphere of innovation and creativity unlike anything the fashion world has previously seen. Students will travel through legendary fashion institutions and find out what it takes to be successful in the industry.

• Students will study photography both as a practical and an aesthetic venture while developing their visual vocabulary through the study of important photographers and photojournalists. The intent is to translate what the student sees and feels — whether using a professional DSLR or a smartphone camera — into photographs that express an artistic, narrative or journalistic perspective.

• Students will get a crash course in everything they need to know to create professional-looking short films using a smartphone or tablet. Students will gain an insider’s understanding of how one can harness these tools to produce professional products in order to create and edit a short film.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the Moving Image, the Garment District, International Institute of Photography and Coney Island. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Jeffrey Henson Scales (New York Times Photography Editor), Vanessa Friedman (Chief Fashion Critic, The New York Times), Jackie Molloy (Photojournalist), Angelo Santos (filmmaker & editor) and Carol Squiers (Fashion Curator, International Center of Photography).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,225*

Residential Program: $5,825*

Dates: July 19 - July 31

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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