Learn the art of storytelling through photography: gain the skills to translate experience into photographs that express an artistic and narrative perspective in a study of photojournalism both as a practical and an aesthetic venture.

Explore journalism through the art, technique and storytelling of photography. Students will develop a visual vocabulary through the study of important photographers and photojournalists and will examine the intersection of art and journalism as they expand their classroom out into the local neighborhood and the city. Ultimately, students will seek to translate what they see and feel into photographs that express an artistic and narrative perspective.

Outcomes for this course include a deeper understanding of what makes images visually, artistically and historically significant. Additionally, students can expect to gain technical photography literacy, participate in diverse field exercises and explore methods, ethics, and opportunities for storytelling and journalism through photographs.

Technical know-how is not a class prerequisite. Faculty will accommodate students with a wide range of expertise, from those with a budding talent to those of more practiced levels of proficiency.

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.

• The course is aimed at aspiring photographers — from novices to those with more experience — who want to hone their craft, learn about photojournalism and explore photography careers.

• Students will meet industry professionals who will discuss image-based journalism as well as give insight into the breadth of photography careers, including the fine arts, commercial photography and journalism.

• Students will build a curated portfolio of edited images including one or more photo essays with the guidance and feedback of professionals in the field.

• Possible virtual site visits include: Museum of the City of New York, International Center of Photography online exhibit, Coney Island History Project, LIFE Photo Collection and J. Paul Getty Museum Department of Photographs.

• Previous guest speakers include: Elijah Walker (Visual Journalist & Photography Editor, The New York Times), Meghan Peterson (National Photo Editor, Wall Street Journal; former International Photo Editor, The New York Times), David Gonzalez (Columnist and Co-editor, Lens Blog, The New York Times), Lucas Jackson (Staff Photographer, Reuters) and Hilary Swift (photojournalist).

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

Cost and Session Information


Term 3: July 6 - July 17

Term 4: July 20 - July 31

Tuition is $2750

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

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