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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.

ON-SITE PROGRAM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
  • Successful completion of 30 credits, including all required courses and the thesis project. Documentation of all thesis projects must be on file in the Digital Photography Department to be eligible for degree conferral.
  • Three semesters of residency (fall, spring and summer). Students must complete their degree within two years, unless given an official extension by the provost.
  • Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) in order to remain in good academic standing. 


Note: Departmental requirements are subject to change by the department chair if the chair deems that such change is warranted.

ONLINE PROGRAM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The online program is based on the same curriculum as the on-site program and is ideal for students who prefer distance learning. 

  • Successful completion of 30 credits, including all required courses and the thesis project. Documentation of all thesis projects must be on file in the Digital Photography Department to be eligible for degree conferral. 
  • Three semesters of study (fall, spring and summer). Students must complete their degree within two years unless given an official extension by the provost.


Note: Students in the two-year program are required to complete five semesters of study and must complete their degree within four years unless given an official extension by the provost. 

  • Online students may elect to complete the summer session either online or on-site in New York City. International online students attending the summer session on-site will be registered for 12 credits. SVA offers housing options for summer session students. 
  • Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) in order to remain in good academic standing.
     

Note: Departmental requirements are subject to change by the department chair if the chair deems that such change is warranted.

GENERAL COURSE LISTING

DPG-5220
photo and Video Workflow
Fall 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 project files from capture and download to processing, editing, and archiving. 

DPG-5250
Color Management and Output
Fall 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.

DPG-5310
Editorial Photography
Fall 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  (fall semester, 7 sessions; spring semester, 8 sessions)
This required 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 each bring unique and current insights about the ever-changing field of digital photography and content creation. 

DPG-5420
Advanced Image Processing
Fall 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. 

DPG-5470
Contemporary Image
Fall 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, we will delve into the changing role of photography and what being a photographer in the 21st century entails. Seminal photographers and processes will be addressed, to afford students a deeper appreciation of the history of photography and enrich the thesis process.

DPG-5480
Business Practices
Spring 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.

DPG-5510
Photo Illustration
Spring 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.

DPG-5600
Thesis Development
Spring 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, thesis project development, rigorous critique and a survey of electronic, book and exhibit image distribution and display options.

DPG-5620
Design Essentials
Spring semester: 3 credits
This course concentrates on the design and software skills used in branding page layout and web design that are essential for the successful completion of the thesis project. Working with the Adobe Creative Suite, students will learn how to work with type and will be introduced to the fundamentals of logo design, page layout, web design and publishing portfolios to tablets.


SUMMER SEMESTER

DPG-5790
Handmade Book
Summer 2016 semester: no credit
This two session, hands-on workshop addresses working with basic bookbinding methods, including gatefold and pamphlet binding, and essential gluing and stitching techniques to explore sequencing and pacing of images within the bound book. Working with handmade papers and linens, students will create unique books with photographs and texts, which are bound or boxed together in completed form.

DPG-5810
i3: Images, Inspiration, Information III
Summer 2016 semester: no credit
This required 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 each bring unique and current insights about the ever-changing field of digital photography and content creation.

DPG-5820
Thesis: Exhibition Printing
Summer 2016 semester: 2 credits
In this course students will select, prepare and fine-tune their images for exhibition-quality printing. Topics addressed include refining digital input, choosing an appropriate print size, optimizing sharpening techniques and understanding proofs in relationship to size, substrate and color. Students will work with wide-format printers to create final color and black-and-white prints.

DPG-5910
Thesis: Electronic Portfolio
Summer 2016 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. 

DPG-5920
Thesis: Book and Brand
Summer 2016 semester: 2 credits
Concentrating on the printed book or portfolio, in this course students will 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. 

DPG-5930
The Exhibit
Summer 2016 semester: no credit
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 developing the thesis exhibition name and brand.

DPG-5960
Professional Communication Essentials
Summer 2016 semester: no 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 résumé, cover letter and artist statement. Additionally, students will learn how to plan and execute a professional verbal presentation suitable for interviews, pitches and public speaking events.

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