CURRICULUM

First Year

AHD-1090 History of Photography I
A substitute for the linear and conventional history of photography, this course will examine global histories of presentation, with an emphasis on ethic, gender, sexual and racial communities that have been omitted from the familiar historical canon. Although the medium's technological profession will be closely considered, the core of the course will be the photograph as an instrument of recognition, and  how the plurality of current perspective can includes the reading of history. 

PHD-1030 Photography Workshop I & II
With an emphasis on extensive darkroom work and group critique, this course will cover printing, negative development, spotting and mounting. 

PHD-1060 Photography on Assignment
This course in photographic nuts and bolts will include technical demonstrations and assignments concerning the use of meters, filters, lighting, flash and color film, among other topics. Students will be given location assignments, which will imitate those of a commercial or editorial photographer working in the current marketplace. 

PHD-1080 Digital Imaging
Gaining a fundamental understanding of Adobe Photoshop, Bridge and Lightroom applications will be the focus of this course. Topics covered include image size and resolution, flatbed and film scanning, color modes, file formats, painting and editing tools, file management, image adjustments, working with layers and layer masks, and output options. By the end of the semester, students will have a basic understanding of how to work with photographs in a digital environment. 

PHD-1085 Digital Photography
The emphasis of this course will be placed on an exploration of the full potential of Adobe Photoshop. Students will apply advanced digital imaging techniques to their work and critically examine the effects that imaging technologies have on the ways we see and make art. A variety of topics will be covered. 

PHD-1220 through PHD-1270 Foundation Symposium
Foundation Symposium is designed to introduce the student to a variety of photographic practices and ideas. The symposium is composed of five-week courses that will explore career, language and technique. 

HCD-1020 Writing and Literature I & II
 With its focus on developing an argument, the course offers an introduction to some of the skills necessary for critical analysis
of written art. It will include a review of writing basics (grammar, coherence, idea development, sentence and essay structure).

 

Second Year

PHD-2040 Studio Photography I
This introductory course in studio photography is for those interested in discovering the versatility of the large-format camera and the abilities of controlled studio lighting to enhance form and texture. Electronic flash, tungsten lighting, and all formats from 35mm to 4x5" cameras will be used to photograph still lifes, portraits, fashion/beauty and nudes in class.

PHD-2045 Studio Photography II
Using all camera formats from 35mm to 4x5" and controlled studio lighting, students will complete a series of assignments, including still life, portrait, fashion/beauty and nudes. Students will be encouraged to go beyond the technical and explore the aesthetic aspects of their subjects

PHD-2060/2065 Photo Critique I & II
Photo Critique initiates an in-depth conversation about photography as driven by content, and each student’s exploration of subject matter. Intention and articula- tion will be emphasized. 

PHD-2070 The Critical Eye I: Writing, Reading, Seeing, Discussing 
This course will introduce the photography student to critical discourse. Its aim is to enhance in-class dialogue through readings, writing, and the methodology of observation and criticality, to serve aesthetic production in all photographic genres.  

AHD-2090 History of Contemporary Photography
This course will emphasize the last 40 years of photography, and by a thorough analysis and discussion of the work, it will articulate the dominant cultural and aesthetic ideas of the time.  

PHD-2090 Video
The goal of this course is to familiarize photography students with video in its technical form, as well as its conceptual possibilities.  

PHD-2120 The Professional Community
Through a series of field trips and lectures, students will become familiar with the varied aspects of the professional photographic community. Students will also develop an in-depth understanding of self-promotion and résumé building, and skills required for professional communication. Trips to galleries, museums, studios and auction houses, to name a few, will give students firsthand knowledge of professional opportunities.  

PHD-3083/3091 Advanced Digital Photography
Having mastered the fundamental digital processes, each student chooses (from among the second-year course offerings) an area of digital specialization of interest and relevance to their future photographic activity.  

 

Third Year

PHD-3040/3045 Photography Seminar I & II
A continuation of the discourse begun in PHD-2060, Photo Critique I, this seminar will culminate in a body of work that is self-motivated. A commitment to this process is required, as well as the progression of the students’ understanding of their work and the ability to articulate their ideas. 

PHD-3060 Visual Literacy Survey
This course has two purposes. The first is to provide an overview of contemporary photography and its trends since 1960—not only fine art, but also advertising, photojournalism and any other commercial applications—presented not as an isolated academic study, but something relevant to working today. The second purpose is to encourage students to develop their own criteria for looking at photographs.  

PHD-3083-3097 Advanced Video
Having mastered the fundamental video processes, each student chooses (from among the third-year course offerings) an area of video specialization of interest and relevance to their future photographic and video activity.  

 

Fourth Year

PHD-4080/4085 Photography Thesis I & II
The function of this course is two-fold: as critical seminar of depth and insight, which helps each student to build a coherent body of unique work; and also as an information forum that prepares students for careers in photography. 

 

Electives

We also offer a range of exciting electives such as:

3D Portraiture
Advanced Black and White Printing
Advanced Digital Photography: Branding Yourself
Advanced Digital Photography: Fashion and Beauty
Advanced Digital Photography: Printmaking and Color Management
Advanced Digital Photography: The Fine Art of Digital Compositing
Advanced Digital Studio: Your Camera, Your Computer, Your Work
Advanced Fashion Critique
Advanced Fashion Studio I & II
Advanced Video:  Documentary Video
Advanced Video: Experimental Video
Advanced Video: Fashion Video
Advanced Video: Music Video
Advanced Video: Working in the Edges-Using Alternative Techniques to Create a Unique Vision
Artists After the Internet
Commercial Careers
Composing with Adobe After Effects
Digital Studio: Advanced Lighting Techniques
Experimental Documentary Video
Exploration in Abstract Photography
Fashion Critique
Fashion: Concept and Narrative
Fifteen Short Investigations Through Photo-Based Art
For Memory’s Sake
Free Money I & II
From Documents to Interpretation: The Contemporary Landscape
How to Make It as a Working Photographer
Installation
Laughing All the Way to the Bank
Lecture Series
Location Photography
No Place Like Home
Performance, The Body; Photography (Video)
Phase One Workshop
Photo Bookworks: The Handmade Book
Photo Bookworks: Zines and Monographs
Photographs of the Unseen
Principles of Color for Photographers
Production and Logistics
Real and Possible
Sex
Sexy Snapchat, Picture Consequence
Still Life: Objects of Desire and Disgust
Still Life/Moving World
Survey of Portraiture
Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk I & II
Teaching Photography
The Dark Stuff
The New Hegemonic: Exploration of Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Sexuality in American I & II
The Photographer Immigrant
The Secrete Sits in the Middle
The Visual Diary
Volumes: Photography and Art Books
Wet Plate Collodion
Wood, Rubber, Leather and a C-Clamp