Photography students are instructed in various photographic techniques and are encouraged to utilize the aesthetics of their surroundings. Students explore conventional and digital photography, along with darkroom and digital editing techniques. Student photography is displayed in public exhibitions. Up to 20 students are accepted.
Requirements for Applicants
1. Complete an online application and schedule your Zoom interview no later than noon the business day before your desired interview date. See dates in the right side bar or view full audition schedule here. Audition spaces fill quickly, so schedule as soon as possible.
2. Read the requirements and tips below to prepare for your portfolio.
3. Log back in to your application portal to upload your portfolio no later than 24 hours prior to your scheduled Zoom interview. Image uploads are limited to 160 MB.
5. Attend your Zoom interview at the scheduled time.
Choose 6-8 photographs that you have shot and developed or processed. If you submit more than 8 photos, you will be disqualified.
You may submit conventional and/or digital photographs, but all photos must be submitted digitally in JPEG format.
The photos must have been taken AFTER March 1 of the prior year, and former OSAI students may not submit work produced at OSAI.
If you are submitting darkroom work, we recommend that you scan the images at the highest optical resolution provided by your scanner, THEN scale the resulting file to 1200 pixels on the longest side.
If you are submitting digital work, please keep in mind that judges will look at the metadata embedded in the photo file to assess your technical abilities. (i.e., If you are shooting every photo in fully automatic mode, it will affect your score.)
Once you are ready to submit your portfolio, save your files in JPEG format, and scale your work to 1200 pixels in the longest dimension. (This is the equivalent of 300 dpi when the longest dimension is 4 inches.)
Ensure your name or other identifying information does NOT appear anywhere in your portfolio images or their metadata. Do not worry about your file names. The OSAI audition portal will automatically rename the files for you when you upload them.
If you have any questions, call 405.605.7500 or email email@example.com
What to Expect During Your Zoom Interview
During your photography Zoom interview, the interviewer will review your photographs and ask questions to gain an understanding of your perspective and technique.
Additionally, the interviewer will score you on your basic understanding of how the camera works in manual mode (i.e., concepts like contrast, depth of field, focal length, and F-stop).
Images taken with a smartphone/tablet will have to be resized and renamed with an image editor.
Instagram filters and other stylized effects may look trendy and familiar, but they're usually little more than a fad. Judges will rarely be impressed by heavy doses of stylized image editing.
Because most smartphones/tablets lack manual exposure control, camera phone submissions will typically do nothing to demonstrate your knowledge of exposure theory. If you choose to submit photos taken with a smartphone/tablet, it is strongly recommended that you also include some images that demonstrate exposure control.