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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2015 Precollege Programs in the Arts:
Photography Institute

student photographers photographing at their exhibition

Grades 9–12

Typical Day

Develop technical and aesthetic skills in photography using both digital and 35mm cameras. The Institute’s focus is on camera techniques, lighting methods, and the use of computer software (Adobe Photoshop) for enhancing and refining images and for printing digital files. Students learn how to see and compose images through the camera’s eye and are encouraged to develop personal concepts by solving fundamental visual problems specific to the photographic image. Explore black-and-white photographic tools and techniques, including the operation of the single lens reflex (SLR) camera, how to determine proper exposures, and the chemical process for developing 35mm negatives and prints. Develop skills in presentation methods and archiving. Both the experienced and the inexperienced photographer are welcome. Program instructors will help students build a portfolio and offer constructive critiques.

This program is held in the college’s Visual Arts Building—160,000 square feet of art-making opportunity. This building is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Northeast, providing students with superb studio environments, as well as state-of-the-art software and hardware specifically geared to the demands of professional design and art making.

  • Students must supply their own 35mm and digital camera. (Bring your manual too!)
  • All other supplies are included in the program fee.
  • Students present an exhibition of their framed and/or matted work for families and friends.

To broaden exposure to the arts, the Photography Institute can be combined with Video Game Creators and Animators or the Songwriting Workshop to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

July 13–August 7
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$2,300 for the first registration
$2,070 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 8, 2015)

About the Instructors

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Posted Dec. 9, 2014

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