SVA's Pre-College Program is designed for high school students who want to enhance their creative skills, learn more about a particular field of art, develop a portfolio and experience the challenges and triumphs that exist at one of the most dynamic colleges.

SVA's Pre-College Program offers courses taught by the same faculty of leading art professionals who teach in the college's undergraduate degree programs. Students will explore the fundamentals of art and design at a level not readily available in high school.

Students will receive one college credit for successful completion of the fall or spring program and three credits for the successful completion of the summer program.

The fall and spring programs are open to all students who will be enrolled in high school at the time of the program and must be at least 14-18 years. The summer program is open to all students who will be entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2019. Space is limited to approximately 20 students per course. Learn more about how to register from Pre-college here.

Digital Photography

Digital Photography focuses on the creative and technical fundamentals of digital photography. Students will photograph using a digital SLR and will cover topics including f-stops, shutter speeds, and ISO, as well as information about lenses, file formats, and white balance. We will use Adobe Lightroom to create a file management system and import, develop, and export and print images. There will be regular class critiques, as well as discussions about significant art and photographs.

Students must provide their own DSLR with manual settings.



studio photography

Pre-College Studio is an advanced course designed for students who have prior photography experience. Students will learn continuous and non-continuous lighting techniques and build a body of work in the genre of their choice (portrait, fashion, still life, fine art). Students will have the opportunity to shoot on location and work with models. The emphasis in this course is on creative expression and developing a unique body of work that reflects the student's personal vision.

Students must provide their own DSLR with manual settings. 

Alternative Processes

Are you looking to work beyond the traditional gelatin silver darkroom? In this hands-on course, you'll learn how to make images using hand-coated emulsions and nonsilver darkroom processes. Students will learn how to create works using chemistry and raw material based techniques and processes using digital negatives including cyanotype, kallitype, palladium, gum bichromate, and more. Previous darkroom or digital experience is not required.



Darkroom Photography

Darkroom Photography will cover the creative and technical aspects of analog black and white photography. Students will shoot on location in the city, as well as independently outside of class. The majority of class time will be spent learning film developing and printing techniques in the darkroom. Demonstrations will include: film loading, metering, and exposure methods with a manual film camera; chemical handling and use; developing techniques; contact printing, printing, and dodging and burning. There will be regular in-class critiques, and students will complete the course with a portfolio of their work.

Students must provide their own 35mm camera with manual settings.

Experimental Video

The Experimental Video course will explore the technical and conceptual possibilities of the moving image. Students will learn pre-production, production, and post-production techniques and focus on articulating their interests in a narrative form. Students will complete the course with two final videos.