Spring 2022  – Photography MFA Required Courses and Departmental Electives

REQUIRED COURSES, FIRST YEAR:
PHOT-695C Photography Studio II (3 Credits)
In this studio course students continue to pursue advanced work in their chosen area of emphasis. Through group and individual critiques students will further refine their concepts, research and technical capabilities. Students should be working toward the creation of a consistent and focused body of work in preparation for Survey and Thesis the following year. In the area of Photography, the critiques will take place in smaller groups, with an emphasis on editing, sequencing and presentation.  

W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM
VanDerBeek, S

PHOT-699A Symposium I (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will research and analyze their art practice in relation to movements and ideas in contemporary art, their work's art historical references and broader social and cultural contexts.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.

01- T 2:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Monti, J

02 - T 2:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Rafferty, S

03 - T 2:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Locke, S

04 - T 2:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Khoshbin, A

REQUIRED COURSES, SECOND YEAR:

PHOT-650B Thesis II (3 Credits)
This course culminates with a Thesis exhibition of creative work.

01
M 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Brennan, M

02
Th 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Messner, A

03
W 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Sparks, L

04
W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Frame, A

05
T 9:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Motta, C

06
Th 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Monti, J

PHOT-601 Thesis Statement I (3 Credits)
This course is focused on producing written documentation to accompany studio work completed in PHOT/FA-650, Thesis I and II.

01
M 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Fyfe, J

02
F 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Mazza, J

03
T 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Fyfe, J

ELECTIVES:

PHOT-602C Studio Lighting (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.

Runs 1/21/2022 - 2/18/2022
F 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Collette, A

PHOT-612 Project Video (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 course welcomes diversity of practice, innovation, and experimentation. Students new to video and moving image are welcome.

M 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Andrew Norman Wilson   

PHOT-625 Alternative Methods in Photo (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.
Requisites: None

F 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Shapiro, C

PHOT-669 Contemporary Photo Seminar (3 Credits) 
In this seminar students will investigate contemporary photographic work and critical issues through current museum and gallery exhibitions, magazine reviews and recently published books. Emphasis will be on developing a critical viewpoint and vocabulary, but relevant technical issues will not be slighted. In addition to oral and written reports, students may expect assignments in techniques and procedures not generally used but which are employed by certain contemporary photographers.
Requisites: None

Th 2:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Baez, G

PHOT-678 Comedy as Artistic Strategy (3 Credits)
This course studio course is structured around the tropes of comedic aesthetics: Stand-up, slapstick, situations, puns, pratfalls, and pity. Artists will integrate this mode of thinking into their existing studio production. Taking aesthetic and thematic cues from comedians and funny situations rather than from a specific artistic medium or technique, students will utilize photographs, video, audio, diagrams, performance, and sculptural props to create and document new artworks that are informed by the aesthetics and practices of humor.
Requisites: None

Th 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Oscar Bedford

ELECTIVES FOR NON-MAJORS ONLY:

PHOT-685 Photo for Non-Majors (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.


F 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Shapiro, C