The Canary Lab is a hub for research-based, interdisciplinary art and media focused on ecology. Housed within the Department of Film and Media Arts, it hosts a variety of programming and offers courses open to students across the University. Each semester we focus on a particular topic (food, shelter, animals, climate change, etc.). Students read, research, and make projects in response to that research, often in collaboration with each other. The cross-pollination of ideas results in publications, exhibitions, events, or public interventions designed by the class.
The Lab creates additional programming related to each semester’s themes, including workshops, sponsored speakers, symposia, visiting artists, and events. Further, the Lab supports relevant student projects beyond the semester and carries out multiple collaborative projects both within the University and with outside partners.
Students in the Department of Film and Media Arts may take advantage of study abroad opportunities offered through VPA and Syracuse University Abroad (SU Abroad). Study may take place over a semester, during the summer, or in short-term programs.
- Italian Film Studies and Filmmaking in Bologna, a summer program for film students in Bologna, Italy
- The semester-long Film Studies Program with FAMU (the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts) in Prague, Czech Republic, for film students
- FAMU’s semester-long Art Photography Program for art photography students
- Art photography courses at Syracuse University Florence in Florence, Italy
- Portfolio Moscow: two weeks of immersion and a student pop-up show in Moscow, Russia
- The Venice Biennale Intensive, a ten-day summer immersion in Venice, Italy
- Other study abroad experiences through SU Abroad
Opportunities in New York City and Los Angeles include:
- Art Week in LA, a Spring Break immersion experience for M.F.A. students generously supported by Marylyn Turner ’56 G’57 and Chuck Klaus G’05
- The Turner Semester, a residency program in Los Angeles for M.F.A. students generously supported by Marylyn Turner ’56 G’57 and Chuck Klaus G’05
- The LA Semester, SU’s semester-long, internship-centered program for undergraduate students