Fall 2020 – Photography MFA Required Courses and Electives

Required Courses, first year: 

PHOT-611 Acts of Recognition 

01 - Carissa Rodriguez; TH (5 - 7:50 PM) ONLINE
​3 credits

This graduate level seminar will introduce students to perspectives on art, ethics, visual culture, race, and equity, focusing on photography and lens-based media and politics of representation through are history, cultural studies, critical race theory, gender studies, queer studies.

PHOT-695A Photography Studio I 

01 - Ann Mandelbaum; W (1:30 - 4:20 PM) HYBRID
3 credits

In this studio course students pursue work in their chosen area of emphasis. Through group and individual critiques with faculty, students will test their expressive concepts, research methods and technical possibilities. In the area of Photography, the world of the still photo will be opened up to include time, sound, sculpture space, and installation.

Requisites:PHOT-695B - Must be taken at the same time as this course.

PHOT-695B Photography Studio Context 

01 - Aura Rosenberg; W (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) ONLINE
3 credits

This studio course continues to foster the student's individual development while focusing on the relationship of one's own artistic practice to the greater cultural environment. Students will sharpen their practice by engaging in critical dialogues about their work with peers, faculty and visiting artists. In this particular section a special emphasis will be placed on learning the paradigms and cultural context of contemporary photography. We will examine the variety of practices that are available to contemporary photography.

Requisites: PHOT-695A - Must be taken at the same time as this course.

required courses, second year:

PHOT-650A Thesis

01 - Michael Brennan; M 1:30 - 4:20 PM
02 - Anne Gilman; T 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
03 - Laurel Sparks; W 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
04 - Allen Frame; W 1:30 - 4:20 PM
05 - Carlos Motta; Th 1:30 - 4:20 PM
06 - John Monti; Th 1:30 - 4:20 PM

3 credits

In Thesis I students establish a rigorous studio practice. Individual and group critiques and a public review will offer clarity and focus going into their final semester. Students pursue a consistent and focused body of work in preparation for preview.

Requisites: Complete 30 Credits - Must be completed prior to taking this course.

PHOT-699B Symposium II

01 - John Monti; T 2:00 - 4:50 PM
02 - Sara Greenberger Rafferty; T 2:00 - 4:50 PM
03 - Steve Locke; T 2:00 - 4:50 PM
04 - Amy Khoshbin; T 2:00 - 4:50 PM

3 credits

Symposium II is the second course of a required two-semester sequence that prepares students to situate and present their work in contemporary critical and public contexts. Students will research and analyze their art practice in relation to movements and ideas in contemporary art, their work's art historical references and broader social and cultural contexts. This course prepares emerging artists for the professional world by giving critical feedback on how they present their work to an external audience, whether in peer settings with faculty, or in more formal professional environments. Students will develop their narrative and oral presentation skills as well as their capacities in research and critical perception. In Symposium II, students will focus on creating effective strategies for their Public Critique and prepare a formal Artist Talk to be given in a designated public forum.

Requisites: PHOT-699A - Must be completed prior to taking this course.

Electives for Majors & non-Majors

PHOT-602A Analog Workflow

01 - Anna Collette; F (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM) HYBRID
8/28/2020 - 9/25/2020
1 credit

This is a technical course covering the proper use and implementation of analog medium and large format cameras as well as professional film scanning techniques. Students will become familiar with multiple film formats, camera types, capture techniques, light metering methods, and scanning workflow that can be applied to variety of photographic practices. Exposure basics, camera and lens function, large format camera movements, and color and black and white scanning techniques will all be covered in this course.

PHOT-602B Digital Workflow

01 - Anna Collette; F (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM) ONLINE
11/6/2020 - 12/11/2020
1 credit

This is a technical course covering the proper use of a variety of digital cameras, image adjustment techniques, and inkjet printing methods. Students will become familiar with multiple digital camera types, capture techniques, image adjustment methods, and inkjet printing workflows that can be applied to variety of photographic and artistic practices. Digital exposure basics, camera and lens function, file management, image adjustment, and inkjet printing techniques will all be covered in this course.

PHOT-602C Studio Lighting

01 - Anna Collette; F (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM) HYBRID
10/02/2020 - 10/30/2020
1 credit

This is a technical course covering the proper use, maintenance, and implementation of studio lighting equipment. Students will become familiar with all of the equipment available in the Pratt Photography Lighting Studio and learn lighting techniques that can be applied in a variety of situations. Best studio practices, light metering, continuous light sources, strobe light sources, and light shaping modifiers will all be covered in this course.

PHOT-625 Alternative Methods in Photo 

PHOT-625 ALTERNATIVE METHODS IN PHOTO 

01 - Carla Shapiro; T (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM) IN PERSON
3 credits

This course offers students experience with non-silver photographic processes (platinum, gum bichromate, etc.) and their extension into non-traditional photographic presentation. Students will experiment with construction techniques and object making in both studio conditions and in daylight, sometimes using models. Incorporation of other media is stressed in both group and individual projects.

PHOT-682 Adventures in Reproduction

01 - Sara Greenberger Rafferty; T (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM) ONLINE
3 credits 

This graduate studio course explores contemporary art making by emphasizing reproduction and quotation within unique and editioned works. Students will combine unique and mechanically reproduced marks, gestures, surfaces, and imagery using logics of pictorial space, pattern, reference, and self-reference. Class meetings will be devoted primarily to discussions, critiques, workshops, and presentations.    

Electives for non-majors only:

PHOT-611 Acts of Recognition

01 - Carissa Rodriguez; TH (5:00 - 7:50 PM) ONLINE
3 credits

This graduate level seminar will introduce students to perspectives on art, ethics, visual culture, race, and equity, focusing on photography and lens-based media and politics of representation through are history, cultural studies, critical race theory, gender studies, queer studies.

PHOT-671 Project Photo

01 - Ann Mandelbaum; W (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM) ONLINE
3 credits

Project Photo is designed for Graduate Fine Arts majors to undertake significant photographic projects. Students will learn basic digital printing methods and general photographic concepts. They will work collaboratively with faculty to achieve technical skill and develop personal vision. The course welcomes diversity of practice, innovation, and experimentation. Students new to photography are welcome.

PHOT-685 Photography for Non-Majors

01 - Carla Shapiro; T (1:30 - 4:20 PM) IN PERSON
3 credits

Photography for Non-Majors is designed for students who have an interest in learning basic photography techniques and concepts in the context of their major areas of emphasis. The course will explore both traditional darkroom techniques and digital photography methods. The class will culminate in portfolio presentations/critiques and a research paper.