Department of Performing and Creative Arts
The Photography Program
The Photography Program at The College of Staten Island is built on a long-standing academic tradition which teaches students how to use photography as both a form of artistic expression, and as a professional career path. Students work with modern photography equipment, software, and Internet applications, as well as creating artwork for galleries, museums, and beyond.
Practical courses are complimented by a solid grounding in the history of the medium, theory, and criticism. The photography studios are fully-equipped with state-of-the art computer workstations, small, and very large scale inkjet printers, professional lighting gear, backdrops, and a fully-updated and staffed traditional and experimental Black & White darkroom facility.
The program offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art with a Photography Concentration, as well as a related B.A. degree.
Students learn the entire modern system and language of image-making in both traditional analog formats and digital formats-- ranging from cutting-edge documentary work to alternative and historical processes.
The program holds formal exhibitions of student work every year, as well as our yearly visiting Artist Program, which hosts three world-class photographers every spring in a multi-week seminar format. Past visiting artists have included: Jen DeNike, Nichole Frocheur, Jen Davis, Michael Lavine, Nandita Raman, Kanako Sasaki, Rachel Barrett, Gina Levay, Justine Reyes, Pradeep Dalal, Zoe Strauss.