12 months
52420 USD/year
52420 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The goal of the Fashion Photography program at School of Visual Arts is the cultivation of an individual sensibility, informed by history and shaped by cultural forces that will withstand the pressure for aesthetic and market compromise, and will profoundly influence and affect the future of the medium. 


At the upper levels of photographic education, fashion photography is too often thought of as unworthy of serious consideration, superficial and corrupted by style and commerce, despite its imaginative narrative, cultural relevance, playful subversion and its profound influence on “fine art” photography of the past 30 years. 

The Fashion Photography program at School of Visual Arts is a rigorous one-year intensive program for the technologically proficient photographer who wants to develop a more creative and original body of work through an immersion in the narrative, conceptual and cultural subtext of fashion photography, and with direct engagement with leading figures in fashion and fashion photography in New York City.

Why We Stand Out:

  • One of the few graduate programs specifically devoted to fashion photography
  • A program aimed at proficient photographers who want to develop their craft in this genre
  • The program utilizes the resources of NYC as a world fashion and media capital
  • Merit based scholarships available

About the Department

At the core of the program is a 30-week Critique course as well as the weekly Symposium. The Critique is a weekly gathering in which the students discuss and challenge each other’s work, guided by a faculty-moderator. It is a team effort: Two faculty-moderators take turns conducting the critiques throughout the semester. Symposium is a flexible format that acts as a framework for critiques with fashion photographers, creative directors, museum directors and fashion designers, and for field trips, lectures, readings and exhibitions, and various dialogues with industry professionals. An emphasis is placed on the synthesis of diverse and unexpected cultural information as pictorial inspiration. 

The influence of the Internet, social networking, and transformations in media and publishing will be part of the conversation, and each student will be expected to complete a fully realized video piece. 

One-semester courses will be held on fashion photography topics such as history, logistics, career development, digital practice, narrative and cinema. Video and its increasing importance in fashion will be central to the program, and what constitutes fashion video will be developed and defined and shaped.

Degree candidates must successfully complete 30 credits, including all required courses, earn a cumulative GPA of higher than 3.0, and create an original, challenging and provocative portfolio of images. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fashion Photography Critique 
  • Symposium
  • History of Fashion Photography
  • Fashion Photography Today
  • Collaborative Process
  • Ideation
  • Fashion Film 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application & Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Transcripts or Academic Records from Foreign Institutions
  • English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52420 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26210 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    52420 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26210 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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