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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.

General Course Listing

Digital Capture and Workflow

One semester: 3 credits
This comprehensive survey of the terms, tools and technology of digital-image capture, lighting and workflow. Students will learn how to evaluate and improve image quality; understand and apply critical technical analysis to sensor, lens, and workflow components; and how to manage still and video files from capture and download to processing, editing, and archiving.

Color Management and Output

One semester: 3 credits
This course tackles the most prominent problem of making a print—accurately and consistently reproducing the photographer’s vision. Topics will include: creating files that are color managed from input to output, properly sharpened for a wide selection of media substrates, working with a variety of color management systems and equipment, taking advantage of Photoshop soft proofing and experimenting with a wide variety of papers and output options to achieve predictable and repeatable results. 

The Art of Editorial Photography

One semester: 3 credits
This intensive seminar will simulate real-world, magazine and multimedia assignments. Students will develop story ideas and learn how to edit the work for final submission. Students will complete a body of work for either print or online publication and most importantly garner valuable inside knowledge of how prominent editors and photographers think about and execute highly sought after magazine photographic and video assignments.

DPG-5350 / DPG-5355
i3: Images, Inspiration, Information I and II

Two semesters: no credit
This bi-weekly lecture series features leading-edge digital fashion, editorial and fine-art photographers. Industry experts, including editors, curators, art directors, and retouchers, as well as hardware and software developers will each bring unique and current insights about the ever-changing field of digital photography and content creation. Most lectures featured on iTunes U.

Advanced Image Processing

One semester: 3 credits
Advanced creative and production techniques are the focus of this course. Issues addressed include managing, processing and enhancing a wide variety of still and video files, developing a professional workflow, and exploring creative digital darkroom, advanced masking and retouching techniques, and working with panoramic, Helicon Focus, and HDR (high dynamic range) images.

DPG-5430 WIP: Untitled
One semester: no credit
This seminar encourages students to look more closely, and with more sensitivity, at pictures—both their own and others—so that they can more effectively identify and communicate their creative ideas. The seminar will include slide lectures, discussions, readings and at least one field trip, as well as brief shooting, looking and writing exercises.

Contemporary Image

One semester: no credit
This seminar addresses photographic issues, practices and influencers from 1950 to the present.  Providing an overview of contemporary photographers, significant exhibits and publications the class delves into the changing role of photography and what being a photographer in the 21st century entails. Students will be exposed to seminal photographers and processes to afford them a deeper appreciation of the history of photography, which will in turn enrich their thesis process.

Business Practices

ne semester: 3 credits
Being a successful photographer requires more than talent and good fortune. This course will examine proper business practices in the photography industry that include budgeting, financial planning; negotiating and pricing concerns; image use, copyright, and copyright registration; developing the correct and proper paperwork needed, such as invoices and a variety of model and property releases. This class provides the foundation needed to build a solid photography business.

Photo Illustration

One semester: 3 credits
From concept to capture and image processing, this course addresses the creative workflow that commercial and fine art illustrators use to make compelling photo montages and composites. Students will learn the essential attributes of a successful composite, including: planning the image before lifting the camera, lighting and photographing the image elements and background plates, selecting, color matching, and compositing image elements, and working with an art director and production team to create the best image possible.

Thesis Development

One semester: 3 credits
Dedicated to developing the thesis body of work that demonstrates the highest creative and technical standards, this course will concentrate on the written thesis proposal, media research and exploration, rigorous critique and a survey of electronic, book and exhibit image distribution and display options.

Brand, Design, Presentation

One semester: 3 credits
This course concentrates on the software skills used in page layout, web design and digital image automation that are essential for the successful completion of the thesis project. Working with the Adobe Creative Suite, students will learn how to write and debug actions, batch process images, and will be introduced to the fundamentals of logo design, page layout and web design, including working with HTML and CSS and publishing portfolios to tablets.

Large-Format Printing

One semester: 2 credits
In this course, students will learn to select, prepare and fine-tune their images for large-scale printing. Topics addressed include refining digital input, adjusting tonal adjustments to match the proofs, appropriate sharpening techniques and understanding proofs in relationship to size, substrate and color. Students will work with wide-format printers to create exhibition-quality large-format, high-quality color and black-and-white prints.

Thesis: The Electronic Portfolio

One semester: 2 credits
Students will explore the grouping, sequencing, distributing and presenting of their images via a website, video or tablet delivery. Since this is digital process, students have tremendous freedom to publish their images as well as to experiment with the most effective way to present and sequence images for a wide variety of on-screen portfolio options.

Thesis: The Book and Brand

One semester: 2 credits
This course takes the editing and sequencing issues another step further as students experiment with the layout of their images and provide the writing that may accompany their images. Final layout, design, image selection and writings will be produced using digital book publishing services or by producing a photographic portfolio. Additionally, students will design and produce their branding, business and marketing materials.

Thesis: The Exhibit

One semester: 2 credits
Working in a gallery space is a creative and often collaborative challenge. The number of images shown, their size, their presentation, delivery, insurance, hanging and removal are all issues an artist must face. This class concentrates on contemporary fine art issues and collaboratively producing the exhibition collateral materials including the promotional materials, signage, catalog, and website.

Professional Communication Essentials

One semester: 1 credit
Being a successful artist requires that you present yourself with polished and professional written and verbal eloquence. Students will learn how to write an effective resume, cover letter, artist statement and press release. Additionally, students will learn how to plan and execute a professional verbal presentation suitable for interviews, pitches and public speaking events.

Requirements - Fall Semester

DPG-5220-OL  Digital Capture and Workflow
DPG-5250-OL  Color Management and Output
DPG-5310-OL  The Art of Editorial Photography
DPG-5350-OL  i3: Images, Inspiration, Information I
DPG-5420-OL  Advanced Image Processing
DPG-5430-OL  WIP: Untitled

Requirements - Spring Semester

DPG-5820-OL  i3: Images, Inspiration, Information II
DPG-5434-OL  Creative Mind
DPG-5480-OL  Business Practices
DPG-5510-OL  Photo Illustration
DPG-5600-OL  Thesis Development
DPG-5620-OL  Brand, Design, Presentation

Requirements - Summer Semester

DPG-5820-A  Large-Format Printing
DPG-5910-A  Thesis: The Electronic Portfolio
DPG-5920-A  Thesis: The Book and Brand
DPG-5930-A  Thesis: The Exhibit
DPG-5960-A  Professional Communication Essentials

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