Overview

Explore the craft of storytelling using a diverse set of visual media — from comics to photography to video.

Today’s journalists aren’t just writers — they use every tool at their disposal to convey the story in the most powerful way possible. Comics, videos, photo-essays, maps and diagrams are just a few of the non-traditional story-forms that appear daily in The New York Times. But when do we call a zine a piece of journalism? When does illustration become an effective form of reportage? How do images work to tell a story that changes the story itself?

Over two intense weeks, students will explore these questions by researching, writing and constructing their own visual narratives every day. Working quickly, we will experiment with a wide range of styles and formats, building pieces that incorporate photography, drawing and mapping with straight reportage and on-the-scene research. Throughout, students will develop and hone a visual voice that is all their own.

Site Visits:

Day trips will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited:

New York City’s museums
The Sketchbook Library
New York Public Library Picture Room

Students enrolled in NYC Summer Academy will have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

Guest Speakers and Lecturers:

Past speakers have included:

Larry Buchanan, Graphics Editor, The New York Times
Aviva Michaelov, Art Director, The New Yorker
Cari Vander Yacht, Illustrator and Artists

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*

Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: June 9 - June 21

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

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