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NYSSSA School of Media Arts coming to Alfred State College this summer

NYSSSA School of Media Arts coming to Alfred State College this summer

Alfred State College will once again host the NYSSSA School of Media Arts, an intensive four-week program that offers courses in film production, video and sound art, computer arts/animation, photography, and more.

This program is set to take place July 11 through Aug. 7 and is open to students in grades eight through 12 throughout New York State. The School of Media Arts is one of seven component schools that constitute the New York State Summer School for the Arts, which is run by the New York State Education Department for students of the arts in various disciplines.

According to a description of the program on the Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education website, the first 2 1/2 weeks of the School of Media Arts are generally spent learning foundations, history, technical skills, and completing assigned exercises. The last week and a half is spent developing and finishing individual final projects.

“Free your imagination and be part of an inspiring adventure in the cutting-edge fields of video, filmmaking, photography, electronic sound art, or computer graphic arts in the School of Media Arts,” the description states. “We will require your intense focus, motivation, and commitment in this program. Your reward will be exciting and challenging classes, work sessions, critiques, lectures, field trips, and presentations by visiting artists.”

Ghen Zando Dennis, a nationally known media artist, will serve as the artistic director of the School of Media Arts. She has assembled an outstanding faculty for the program.

Applications for the School of Media Arts are now open. For more information on the program and on how to apply, visit