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?
The course does not require any prior experience in writing, drawing or photography.Regardless of experience, all 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.
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.
Throughout the course, students will experiment with multiple forms of media and will move away from comfortable forms in order to learn key fundamentals.
• Students will learn how varying visual forms communicate ideas and stories in subtle and different ways as well as which medium will be most powerful in expressing specific ideas.
• Students will practice techniques of reportage that lend themselves to visual storytelling.
• Site visits 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 and Central Park. 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: Larry Buchanan (Graphics Editor, The New York Times), Aviva Michaelov (Art Director, The New Yorker) and Cari Vander Yacht (Illustrator and Artists).
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: June 7 - June 19
*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.