Link to: Foundation and General Visual Arts courses

PHO 1010: Photography I: Camera to Darkroom

This introduction to the basic techniques and concepts of analog black-and-white photography covers the mechanics of light and exposure, film development, silver printing, and critique.

Credits: 3

Department: Photography
PHO 1100: Introduction to Digital Photography

An introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of digital photography. Exposure, composition, color, retouching, resolution, and preparation of image files for on-screen and print use are among the techniques covered. Assignments include both technical and aesthetic concerns.

Credits: 4

Department: Photography
PHO 2030: Photography II: Darkroom to Digital

A continuation of PHO 1010, with a continued emphasis on the basic concepts of photography, the mechanics of light, silver darkroom printing, black-and-white scanning and printing, basic theory, practice, and critique. Assignments alternate between technical and creative concerns.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO1010 Or VPH1010 Or NME1010 Or SOA1110

Department: Photography
PHO 2100: Introduction to Color Photography

An introduction to the creative use of color in digital photography, beginning with image capture using a digital camera and ending with the production of inkjet prints using Adobe Photoshop. Students create original work with a digital camera in response to a series of lectures and assignments. Includes hands-on work and an introduction to the history of color photography. Students must own a digital camera.

Credits: 2

Department: Photography
PHO 2320: Looking at Photographs

A critical and historical approach to photography is developed in this lecture/discussion. Emphasis is given to a vocabulary of photographic viewing, as well as to the interactions of photography, painting, and documentation. The needs of chronology and historical interpretation are also considered. Written papers required.

Credits: 3

Department: Photography
PHO 2330: Contemplative Photography

Explores the nature of photography’s capacity to look so precisely and to view not just the object but also the act of looking itself. Students examine how belief systems inform what is seen. This course uses photography and contemplative practices to understand how and why the world is seen through the lens of one’s own narrative.

Credits: 3

Department: Photography
PHO 2510: The Social History of Photography

Examines the multiple uses and histories of the photographic image across various geographies, focusing on its links to cultural life in the broad sense. Locates elements of photography’s art history within the socio-political context of its various uses. Consists of lectures, screenings and field trips. Students will be evaluated in discussion, as well as via essays and in an exam.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO1010

Department: Photography
PHO 2660: Digital Photography: Color in the Digital Realm

An exploration of color and the digital photographic image. Students are introduced to digital RAW capture, color film scanning, and inkjet printing. Adobe software is used for image editing. Includes hands-on work, theory, and the history of both color photography and photo-image manipulation. Students must own a digital SLR camera; please contact the School of Art+Design for specifications.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2030 Or VPH2030

Department: Photography
PHO 2700: Special Photography Workshop

An extensive study of a particular topic or technique in photography. Topics vary each semester. May be taken a second time for credit.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: (PHO1010 Or VPH1010 ) Or (NME1010 Or SOA1110 )

Department: Photography
PHO 2880: Sophomore Seminar

A survey of contemporary artists, ideas, and texts in which basic research skills are taught. A combination of slide lectures, discussions of readings, and museum/gallery visits familiarize students with contemporary art discourse and many of its important figures.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2030 Or VPH2030

Department: Photography
PHO 3100: Urban Landscape

In this “think tank,” art is developed that deals with the variety of the constructed environment. Diverse approaches are used to shape a concept of urban space. Using photo-related media, students explore and create provocative work; images are made, taken, stolen, borrowed, defaced, and ultimately transformed.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2880 Or VPH2880

Department: Photography
PHO 3160: Nonsilver

Nonsilver photo processes involve the use of alternatives to traditional photographic paper. Students work with collotype, a continuous-tone printing process that is one of the earliest photographic processes. Other nonsilver photographic processes (e.g., cyanotype, platinum/palladium printing, photogravure, Iris prints, Polaroid transfer) are also studied.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2880 Or VPH2880

Department: Photography
PHO 3210: Portrait/Self-Portrait

A seminar and critique in which visual and conceptual notions of photographic imagery are filtered through philosophical, psychological, and cultural interpretations of dream and reality. The seminar includes readings, discussion, visual exercises, and group critique.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2880 Or VPH2880

Department: Photography
PHO 3220: Dream and Reality

In this visual and conceptual investigation of photographic imagery, visual narrative strategies and literary methods like memoir, diary, confession, and autobiography are used.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2880 Or VPH2880

Department: Photography
PHO 3250: View Camera

The basic concepts and techniques concerning field and view cameras, including the use of swings, tilts, shifts, and rises, are covered. Assignments deal with portraits, still life, architecture, and landscapes and the particular problems and opportunities each presents.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2880 Or VPH2880

Department: Photography
PHO 3300: Studio Photography

Technical and creative photographic experiences are put to practical use. Assignments explore artificial and natural lighting, their diverse properties, and uses of tungsten and electronic flash lamps. Technical skills developed also include use of 4x5 cameras, the Zone System of exposure and development for black and white film, understanding of bellows extension factor and reciprocity failure; color temperature, and filtering and exposure of color transparency film.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: VPH2880 Or PHO2880

Department: Photography
PHO 3355: Landscape Photography: Creating a Personal Vision

Students explore the effect of landscapes and surroundings in Pisciotta, Italy, and develop their personal vision by observing and leveraging those landscapes and translating their experiences into powerful images. Working with digital cameras (a simple one is fine), students create a personal photographic essay, depicting what they see through the lens of their surroundings.

Credits: 4

Department: Photography
PHO 3390: Photo/Narrative

A practical investigation of narrative strategies as a predominant aspect of still photography and photo-related imagery. Sequence, series, the grid, linear and nonlinear approaches, and literary models are explored as the deep structure of subject. In addition to assigned readings and visual exercises, students complete a self-directed project in consultation with the instructor, resulting in a portfolio of images, a book, and/or a photographic installation.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2880 Or PHO2880

Department: Photography
PHO 3440: Advanced Silver Processes

tudents learn to embrace the potential of the black-and-white silver print as a unique and richly expressive vehicle for their visual ideas. Advanced exposure and development controls for a variety of film types and papers are explored, including push and pull processing, the Zone System, bleaching and toning, and mural printing.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: (PHO2030 Or VPH2030 ) And (PHO2320 Or VPH2320 )

Department: Photography
PHO 3460: Photographic Intervention

A studio/critique course that investigates the meaning and application of “photographic intervention.” The style, form, and content of documentary, landscape, portrait, street, and snapshot photography, as well as the differences between objective and subjective approaches to the medium, are focused on throughout the course. In assignments, students apply and discuss methods of photographic intervention (e.g., lighting, perspective, framing, narrative, contrast, tone, color palette).

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2880 Or VPH2880

Department: Photography
PHO 3470: Constructed Reality

Study and assignments include such aspects of photography as still life, portraiture, fantasy, tableau, genre, sequential and serial, as well as a reordering of the real world. Trends and examples in contemporary photography are studied through slides, books, and field trips.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2880 Or VPH2280

Department: Photography
PHO 3560: Contemporary Trends in Photography

An overview of contemporary photography and the major trends that shape it. Through a series of lectures, gallery visits, and critiques, students follow the developments of photographic art through history in order to place their own work within a global context.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2880 Or VPH2880

Department: Photography
PHO 3660: Digital Photography II: Advanced Imaging and Printing

In this continuation of PHO 2660, larger work as well as more complex editing and printing methods are explored. Techniques covered include advanced film scanning and sharpening, noise reduction, compositing, and masks. Students are challenged to find ways in which their technical decisions can clarify their artistic intentions. Includes hands-on work, theory, and the history of conceptual photography. Students must own a digital SLR camera; contact the School of Art+Design for specifications.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2660 Or VPH2660

Department: Photography
PHO 3690: Junior Seminar and Critique

A special preparatory course required for juniors who intend to complete a senior project in photography. Coursework includes intensive critiques, weekly written exercises, and both assigned and self-directed projects—all directed toward making, knowing, and judging each individual’s work.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2880 Or VPH2880

Department: Photography
PHO 3740: Professional Practices

Technical and professional information is provided to help students in their transition to the world of professional photography and related fields. Students concentrate on developing a portfolio, artist statement, résumé, and publicity materials, and on learning how to present and exhibit their work.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2880 Or VPH2880

Department: Photography
PHO 3950: Studio Assistant (Photography)

Students gain technical professional experience by helping provide a safe and well-functioning studio environment for their fellow students. Studio assistants are expected to have advanced standing in their media area and a thorough understanding of current professional practices. Duties include basic maintenance and demonstrations of equipment, independent or group tutorials and workshops, weekly meetings, and other responsibilities assigned by the sponsoring instructional technician. A maximum of 4 credits in PAD 3950 (or a combined maximum of 6 credits in VIS 3998 and PAD 3950) may be applied toward the BFA.

Credits: 2

PREREQ: (PHO1010 Or VPH1010 ) Or (NME1010 Or SOA1110 )

Department: Photography
PHO 4005: The Photo Book

Students investigate the history and practical construction of the photo book. Numerous narrative strategies are explored as predominant vehicles for still photography and photo-related imagery. Students work toward self-publishing their own book over the semester. This course is best suited for students who have a body of images that they would like to explore in book form.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2660

Department: Photography
PHO 4010: Concerning Violence

Examines representations of violence, as well as the inherent violence(s) of representation. Consists of close readings and discussions of photographs, photobooks, moving image media, and key texts from a variety of fields including theory, criticism and poetry. Involves regular viewing of controversial and emotive imagery, and is thus well suited to students willing to engage in frank and principled debate.

Credits: 3

Department: Photography
PHO 4160: Advanced Nonsilver Photography

In this continuation of PHO 3160, both new processes (salt print, gum bichromate) and advanced procedures and practices (cyanotype, combination printing, platinum/palladium, printing-out paper) are introduced. An in-depth study of the digital negative process constitutes a significant portion of the course. Each student is expected to define a long-term project that results in a finished body of work by the end of the semester.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO3160 Or VPH3160

Department: Photography
PHO 4400: Senior Seminar and Critique

An intensive seminar and critique required for students during their senior year. Students work on self-directed projects and make an oral presentation on their work, attempting to place it within a context of cultural factors.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO3690 Or VPH3690

Department: Photography
PHO 4470: Field Trips to Museums and Galleries: A Practical Course for Working Photographers

A practical course for working photographers that meets regularly in New York City and beyond to view photographic exhibitions and collections. Emphasis is placed on the complex nature of influence, with special consideration given to translating viewing experiences into practice.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2880 Or VPH2880

Department: Photography
PHO 4500: Special Topics in Photography

Extensive study of a particular topic or technique in photography; topics vary each semester. May be taken a second time for credit.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: PHO2880 Or VPH2880

Department: Photography