The course of study addresses capture-to-image processing; workflow, automation and asset management; digital portfolio and distribution; and large-format output. The program emphasizes cutting-edge training via in-depth coursework, critically focused workshops, special-interest seminars and presentations by contemporary artists. The primary instructional goal is to advance the understanding and application of digital imaging technologies to enable students to excel in their creative or commercial photographic imaging careers.
Developed for the working professional, classes are held on Monday and Wednesday 3 - 6pm and 7 - 10pm with alternating Tuesdays for guest lectures, critiques, demonstrations, and/or site visits. Additional class time may be scheduled as needed to allow for guest presentations or workshops. Online/Summer Residency students take fall and spring semesters online, which follows the identical weekly class schedule. Online/Summer Residency students have 24-hour access to the class materials and are required to participate in online class discussions and complete weekly assignments. Online/Summer Residency students complete their studies in New York City together with the in-classroom students.
Degree candidates must successfully complete 33 credits, including all required courses and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. In the summer semester, each student is required to complete a thesis project that culminates in an online project, printed book and exhibition. The program culminates in an open to the public exhibit, conceived, designed, installed, promoted and organized by graduating students. The thesis project must be reviewed and approved by the thesis committee and the department chair in order for the student to be eligible for degree conferral.