Spring 2021 – Photography MFA Required Courses and Departmental Electives

 

Required Courses, first year: 
 

PHOT-695A PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO II 

01 - John Lehr; 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.

PHOT-699B SYMPOSIUM I

01 - John Monti; T 2:00 - 4:50 PM
02 - Carrie Schneider; 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 I is the first 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will research and analyze their art practice in relation to movements and ideas in contemporary art, their work's art historical references and broader social and cultural contexts.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 I, students will create effective strategies for their Survey review as well as engage in a critical assessment of the second-year students' MFA Thesis exhibitions.

 

REQUIRED COURSES, SECOND YEAR:
 

PHOT-650A THESIS

01 - Michael Brennan; M 1:30 - 4:20 PM
02 - Anne Gilman; T 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM
03 - Laurel Sparks; W 9:30 AM - 12:20 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.

PHOT-601 THESIS STATEMENT I

01 - Joe Fyfe; M 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM ONLINE
02 - Jen Mazza; F 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM ONLINE
03 - Joe Fyfe; T 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM ONLINE
3 credits

This course is focused on producing written documentation to accompany studio work completed in PHOT-650, Thesis I and II.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY MAJORS OFTEN TAKE ELECTIVES IN OUR DEPARTMENT AS WELL AS THE DEPARTMENTS OF: FINE ARTS, ART & DESIGN EDUCATION, DIGITAL ARTS, HUMANITIES AND MEDIA STUDIES, HISTORY OF ART AND DESIGN, PERFORMANCE AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES.

 

ELECTIVES FOR MAJORS & NON-MAJORS
 

PHOT-602A ANALOG WORKFLOW

01 - Anna Collette; F (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM) HYBRID
2/26/2021 - 3/26/2021
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
1/22/2021 - 2/19/2021
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 a 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
4/9/2021 - 5/7/2021
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-604 EXPANDED DOCUMENTARY

01 - Stephen Hilger; M (2:00 – 4:50 PM) ONLINE
3 credits

This course explores new approaches to social documentary photography, making use of techniques such as appropriation and digital manipulation, and conceptual and self-reflexive strategies, including the autobiographical, the fictive and the performative. The class will consider the work of contemporary artists whose work exemplifies these directions. There will be regular critiques of the students' work and efforts at creating their own innovative documentary projects.

PHOT-612 PROJECT VIDEO

01 - Farah Al-Qasimi; Th (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM) HYBRID
3 credits

Project Video is designed for Graduate Photography and Fine Arts majors to undertake significant moving image projects. Students will learn basic digital video production methods and general filmic concepts. They will work collaboratively with faculty to achieve technical skill and to develop personal vision. The curse welcomes diversity of practice, innovation, and experimentation. Students new to video and moving image are welcome.

PHOT-625 ALTERNATIVE METHODS IN PHOTO 

01 - Carla Shapiro; T (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM) HYBRID

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-666P ART IN THE TIME OF A PANDEMIC 

01 - Carrie Schneider; M (1:30 – 4:20 PM) ONLINE

Reacting swiftly and generatively to the implications of a globally connected art and cultural sector in the time of a global pandemic, this online seminar works with two questions: 1. How is the global pandemic effecting the way we think about making and interpreting artworks? and 2. How do we translate our affective and collective work to a diffuse, networked, and virtual community?

 

ELECTIVES FOR NON-MAJORS ONLY:

PHOT-685 PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NON-MAJORS

01 - Carla Shapiro; T (1:30 - 4:20 PM) HYBRID
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.