The NYC Salt Residency consists of a diverse group of exceptional young people with the skill and drive to succeed. It is an intensive, multi-year program in which students develop photography and video skills, experience many facets of the visual industry and prepare for college. Participants in the Residency Program receive ongoing one-on-one mentoring from professional photographers, editors, educators, curators and gallerists. A key component of the program is college preparation that readies them for the university experience, as well as matching them to schools that best fit their personal needs and career interests. We have a dedicated college advisor and ACT/SAT tutor.

Photo By Laiza Martinez, 2017 Scholastic Gold Key Winner

Fall 2019 Application is Open!

Application deadline: June 30, 2019 at 11.59pm

Interview sessions: June 30 - July 30, 2019

Application decision: August 31, 2019

Apply Online

Students apply to the program through an online application called jotform, where you will be asked to provide:

  1. Basic Information about yourself (contact info, grade in school, family background, etc)

  2. Short answer questions: about who you are, what you care about and your interest in the program.

  3. Work samples: 5-10 of your best images. Please gather these before beginning the online application, as the application will not save your information. You will upload the images in the application portal.

  4. Your most recent transcript: you must have a “C” average or above to apply. Please gather your transcript before beginning the online application, as the application will not save your information. You will upload your transcript in the application portal.

Next Steps

  1. Email confirmation: Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email confirmation.

  2. Interview notification (via email): Salt will notify you as to the status of your application prior to the program’s interview dates. Please check your email! If you are accepted for an interview but we do not hear back from you, you will forego your spot to another candidate.

  3. Interview: If your application is selected to move on to the interview stage, you will be contacted to set up a 30-minute interview with your parent/guardian. Interviews are mandatory for program acceptance. Your parent or guardian must come to this interview in order for you to be eligible for the program. Students will meet with our teaching artists and program manager for a portfolio review to discuss their interest in the program. The interview is for us to get to know you a bit better and to also explain the program to your parent or guardian to make sure they understand the commitment required. Application and interview do not guarantee admission into the program.

  4. Final Notification (via Email): Following your interview, you will receive a notification as to the final status of your application via email.

If you are not available for the interview during the month of July, please let us know and we will do our best to accomodate a different time for you. Also keep in mind that if you are selected to participate in the course, we require a $50 charge to secure your space. The money will go towards a hard drive to save all your work which you will keep at the end of the course.

For more information please contact Francesca Santacaterina, NYC Salt Program Director. Contact us for more info

We thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your application!




    First year students will become Masters of the following:

    a DSLR camera that we check out to them for the whole school year

    Adobe Lightroom in editing, toning and archiving imagery,

    Learning to See - exploring composition, light, color, gesture

    Along the way they will develop a visual vocabulary, explore exhibits, museums and meet working artists in their studios and places of work here in NYC. We start the year with a weekend trip to Frost Valley YMCA camp to build your class team for the year. We will explore career paths in the visual arts and have a heavy emphasis on how students can use the camera as a tool to make money and as a foundation skill set for almost any career path in the creative industry. Students will be matched with a mentor and together work at creating a portfolio throughout the year. We have an exhibit of all student work at the end of the school year.

  2. Who Should apply?

    If you are a student who is interested in photography or the visual artists and desire to explore opportunities in higher education and careers in the creative industry in NYC, NYC Salt is the place for you. We are looking for dedicated, curious, and hardworking students who will be willing to show up and participate in class and who are hungry to take advantage of the many opportunities that are presented.


    Our instructors are dedicated educators and practicing professional photographers living and working in New York. With two instructors for every class, we keep a low teacher : student ratio to ensure each student receives individualized attention & support.


    Classes are held in our professional photography studio in the heart of Chelsea in Manhattan, located at 219 West 29th Street, Suite 1202, NY, NY 10001. However, we will explore many neighborhoods in NYC as we spend a lot of class time outside making pictures.


    SALT is a free program! If accepted, all class materials are provided.


    Absolutely not. We understand students come to SALT with different experiences with photography, although it’s nice to see a portfolio, but we do not expect students to have it all together before coming to our program.  We expect all potential students to be dedicated and passionate about art.  That’s the key!

  7. How long do students stay in Salt?

    We believe in a lifelong relationship with our students. Our approach with each of our students is individualized because we are all different! Our high school students are in our residency program on average for three years depending on when they start. Once students go to college or into a career, we mentor, we connect to opportunities and we have a robust alumni program and a fellowship program where we will help our students take their dreams farther. Our very first student, Devin Osorio, started with us in the 6th grade and he went through our residency class, we helped him get into SCAD, saw him graduate and go into a career in textiles and now he works for us. We have known Devin for almost 15 years.

  8. Why might this program be important to my future?

    Our students, most first generation college students, are accepted to some of the best visual arts and communication schools in the country. Our alumni are working in careers in the creative industry. Many of our students have developed strong freelance businesses and have made a lucrative career as an artist in NYC. The photography community that surrounds SALT’s is very interested in helping our students succeed and invest their time and talent to help our students grow creatively. Lastly, we are a family here and it truly is a home to our students and alumni.


    Nearly 100% of SALT students receive acceptance at the colleges and universities of their choice! 
    The list of colleges that have accepted SALT students continues to grow.  It includes:
    Binghamton University, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell University, DePauw College, Fordham University, Hampton University, Hunter College, Iona College, Macaulay Honors CUNY, NYU Steinhart, Parsons School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The School of Visual Arts, Stony Brook University, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Purchase, Swarthmore College, Syracuse University, University of Vermont, and more.


    Yes! In the past 3 years, students were awarded over $3 million dollars in scholarships. Of most recent graduating class, the class of 2019, 93% of students received financial aid totaling more than $1,000,000. Achievement of this kind is also anticipated for the class of 2019.


Please contact Francesca Santacaterina, NYC Salt Program Director. Contact us for more info

We thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your application!