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Why Our Program?

  • Our program is relatively unusual, as it focuses on video art, not on digital multimedia or communications. We have a history and tradition in this area.
  • Our program is small (six to eight students); thus, we pay a lot of attention to our students.
  • Our students are treated like professional artists. They are expected to be critical thinkers and highly productive individuals, making and exhibiting their art while they are here and being role models for our undergraduates and community at large.
  • Our faculty members are internationally known artists who exhibit and write about video art. Their prizes include Canada's Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts and the EMAF Award at the European Media Arts Festival.
  • You can take advantage of global study opportunities for M.F.A. students and engage with an impressive array of nationally and internationally known visiting artists.
  • Syracuse is home to the Everson Museum of Art, which established one of the first video art collections in the United States and today holds the largest video collection in the world.
  • When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic VPA alumni.


Shaffer Art Building

The art video program is housed in Shaffer Art Building, which is home to all programs and facilities in the Department of Transmedia. The program is supported by digital video and audio facilities. Production is executed with DSLRs and high-end digital camcorders and necessary peripherals (tripods, mics, lights, etc.). Dedicated lighting and green screen studios are available for production. Post-production is done on state-of-the-art, digital non-linear systems, including a discrete multi-track digital audio studio. HD projectors and flat screens are provided for installations and exhibitions. Analog, linear systems are available for archival research and conservation. We have a comprehensive, international collection of video art available for research and teaching.

Visiting Artists

You will draw inspiration and insight from the resident and visiting artists who come to the art video program and the Department of Transmedia each year. Past visiting artists have included Carolee Schneemann, Dani Leventhal, Astria Suparak, Kurt Hentschlager, Lisa Steele, Igor Vamos, Chrissy Iles, Michael Snow, Bill Viola, Director X, DJ Spooky, and Tanya Mars, among many others.