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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 3 - 6pm, Tuesday 3 - 6pm and 7 - 8:30pm and Wednesday 3 - 6pm and 7 - 10pm. Additional class time may be scheduled as needed to allow for guest presentations or workshops.

Degree candidates must successfully complete 30 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.

  • 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.


DPG-5220          Photo and Video Workflow
DPG-5250          Color Management and Output 
DPG-5310          Editorial Photography
DPG-5350          i3: Images, Inspiration, Information I
DPG-5420          Advanced Image Processing
DPG-5470          Contemporary Image

DPG-5355          i3: Images, Inspiration, Information II
DPG-5480          Business Practices
DPG-5510          Photo Illustration
DPG-5600          Thesis Development
DPG-5620          Design Essentials

DPG-5790          Handmade Book
DPG-5810          i3: Images, Inspiration, Information III
DPG-5820          Thesis: Exhibition Printing
DPG-5910          Thesis: Electronic Portfolio
DPG-5920          Thesis: Book and Brand
DPG-5930          The Exhibit
DPG-5960          Professional Communication Essentials


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.

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.

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  (7 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. 

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. 

Contemporary Image
Fall semester: no credit  (7 sessions)
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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 


Handmade Book
Summer 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. 

i3: Images, Inspiration, Information III
Summer 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. 

Thesis: Exhibition Printing
Summer 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.

Thesis: Electronic Portfolio
Summer 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: Book and Brand
Summer 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.

The Exhibit
Summer 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.

Professional Communication Essentials
Summer 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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