Multimedia Photography & Design is a department in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University located in Syracuse, New York. We are a committed group of  educators passionate about visual storytelling.

We endeavor to create a learning environment that allows for remarkable people to realize their dreams; to be uncommon designers, photographers, filmmakers, animators, picture editors, multimedia producers and visual educators.

Working within a collaborative and holistic environment, our design students learn to create rich interactive experiences and craft smart print solutions. Multimedia/photography students gain experience in both commercial and journalistic settings. This approach equips students with crucial skills in their discipline and the know-how to work with creative partners, clients, budgets and deadlines.

We want you to communicate skillfully with images, sound, type, color and motion so you can craft creative, visual stories and experiences that move the hearts and minds of people everywhere.

If you want to tell stories — factual or fiction — utilizing video, design, audio, photography, animation or infographics, check out our degree programs in multimedia, photography & design.

Degrees we offer

Why MPD at Newhouse?

We understand in today’s multi-media world, you need more than software and technical chops so we also guide you on:

  • How to brainstorm, iterate and determine a strong concept
  • How to craft a strong edit and produce a polished piece, one worthy of your portfolio
  • How to create and pitch your stories
  • How to package and present your stories and solutions for multiple devices and formats
  • Market and brand your skills, services and expertise

We value cross-media partnerships, workshops and collaboration so students are exposed to a variety of people and environments to diversify their skills, experiment with new tools and expand their minds.

MPD students work in groups with students across disciplines within Newhouse and the university to gain insight into different specialties. They learn the language to speak confidently with partners to produce products, stories and experiences on a much larger scale.

Develop your technical skills. Hone your “seeing”. Cultivate your business acumen. Get the most from hands-on learning experiences with MPD.

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Our Graduates

The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, MediaStorm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Adler Planetarium, Major League Baseball, People magazine and social media upstart Brewster, among other impressive organizations are just a few places where our most recent students have interned and where our most graduates have moved on to work.

Many have also started their own studios and founded non-profit organizations, including the Vanishing Cultures Project.

MPD graduates:

  • Follow their passions
  • Stretch their imagination and execute ideas
  • Embrace technology
  • Inspire change and understanding
  • Push the possibilities of packaging and presentation
  • Craft imagery and visual stories that elicit emotion and move audiences

We are proud and privileged to be part of a community of storytellers. We would be proud to have you join us.

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Our Faculty

MPD has a reputation for offering first-rate guidance to our students. Collectively, the MPD faculty has a vast network of industry relationships; some with high-profile organizations, companies and award-winning professionals. Our relationships offer you the possibilities for remarkable experiences.

Deb Pang Davis : Adjunct Faculty

Deb Pang Davis

Adjunct Faculty

dpangdav@syr.edu

Seth Gitner : Assistant Professor

Seth Gitner

Assistant Professor

smgitner@syr.edu

Ken Harper : Associate Professor, Director, Newhouse Center for Global Engagement

Ken Harper

Associate Professor, Director, Newhouse Center for Global Engagement

kenharpe01@syr.edu

Gregory Heisler : Distinguished Professor of Photography

Gregory Heisler

Distinguished Professor of Photography

Tony Golden : Associate Professor

Tony Golden

Associate Professor

argolden@syr.edu

Lynn Johnson : Visiting Professional

Lynn Johnson

Visiting Professional

ljohnphoto@aol.com

Lawrence “Doc” Mason : Professor

Lawrence “Doc” Mason

Professor

lmason@syr.edu

Hal Silverman : Adjunct Faculty

Hal Silverman

Adjunct Faculty

hjsilver@syr.edu

Renée Stevens : Adjunct Faculty

Renée Stevens

Adjunct Faculty

rcsteven@syr.edu

Bruce Strong : Chair, Multimedia Photography & Design, Associate Professor

Bruce Strong

Chair, Multimedia Photography & Design, Associate Professor

brstrong@syr.edu

Claudia Strong : Adjunct Professor

Claudia Strong

Adjunct Professor

ccstrong@syr.edu

David Sutherland : Associate Professor

David Sutherland

Associate Professor

dcsuther@syr.edu

Sherri Taylor : Coordinator of Scholastic Programs, Adjunct Faculty

Sherri Taylor

Coordinator of Scholastic Programs, Adjunct Faculty

taylorsa@syr.edu

Doug Wonders : Director, Photo Labs, Adjunct Faculty

Doug Wonders

Director, Photo Labs, Adjunct Faculty

dlwonder@syr.edu

Learn more about the extended family and faculty at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications