DPI Summer Courses

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NYU is continuously monitoring developments around COVID-19 and adjusting University operations accordingly. Both summer sessions — which begin May 26 and July 6 — will be held remotely.

DPI remote summer courses will run May 26 – July 5, 2020.

The Department of Photography & Imaging is centered on making and understanding images. You’ll explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Summer courses, offered in both traditional and new technologies, are taught by a faculty of renowned artists and working professionals.

Most Photography & Imaging courses may be taken for undergraduate credit, graduate credit, or non-credit.

Summer 2020 Undergraduate Courses

Summer 2020 Graduate Courses

Summer 2020 Non-Credit Courses

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Studio Courses

The Portrait

PHTI-UT.1005 Studio 4 Credits

PHTI-UT 1005

PHTI-GT 2016

Editha Mesina Tue,Thu 10.00 AM - 1.30 PM Remote Instruction

There is no prerequisite for this course. Interested non-majors should complete the Non-Major Request Form.

Throughout history, artists have used portraiture to reveal a certain beauty or truth within their subject. This course will explore traditional and non-traditional approaches to making a portrait. Through online critiques, slide lectures, virtual museum and gallery visits, and relevant readings, students will be encouraged to think of portraiture in terms of making rich and meaningful content. We will examine art-historical portrait strategies from the 19th and 20th centuries, along with New Media approaches relevant to the 21st century. Students will focus on the development of a body of work, that mines the many traditions of the portrait, while making use of digital technologies to address the cultural relevance of portraiture. This course will examine the use of text, video, performance, and Social Media to expand upon traditional notions of the portrait. The class will explore issues in portraiture including beauty, identity, truth, and artifice. Weighing these ideas with current aspects of New Media will further advance the critical and contemporary possibilities of the genre. In addition, demonstrations and discussions will deal with lighting, camera format, and project presentation. Critiques and discussions will focus on improving technique, editing, and developing one’s content. Slide lectures will include work from the medium’s rich past, as well as contemporary photo- based work. This class seeks to develop in the student a greater understanding of their own image-making and the illuminating  potential of the portrait.

Photoshop: Creative Imaging

PHTI-UT 1007 Studio 2 Credits

PHTI-UT 1007

PHTI-GT 2245

NCRD-UT 8245

Cate Fallon Tues, Thurs 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm  Remote Instruction

Prerequisite: Basic computer experience. Interested non-majors should complete the Non-Major Request Form.

This 6-week course focusing on Photoshop explores the possibilities for image manipulation and the steps involved in learning to translate traditional darkroom skills into digital artwork and montage. Starting from the empty canvas, we look at all the basic elements of Photoshop, including selection tools, text, scale, retouching, and collage. Introducing the principles of layers and masks we will look at creating composite images from photographic images and web sources. We also cover scanning negatives and flat artwork as well as color adjustment using levels and curves. We look at all aspects of image creation and enhancement with equal importance given to the aesthetic effect and technical ease. By working on a creative project, students use the software to convey their ideas in this digital environment. Class time is divided between work-in-progress sessions, critiques, and lectures. Because of Memorial Day, that session will be rescheduled sometime during the three weeks of class. A lab fee is charged for this course. 

Photography 2: Digital

PHTI-UT.1002 Studio 4 Credits


PHTI-UT 1002



Mark Jenkinson Mon,Wed 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM Remote Instruction

Prerequisite: This course is recommended for transfer students and non-majors. During the Fall and Spring, non-major request form.

Students will learn the basics of digital camera operations and proper digital post processing workflow through a series of short technical assignments. Students will work on exercises with on-camera flash, digital cameras, and tungsten lighting to further their technical skills. At the heart of the class is the development of two long-term projects in which students can hone their creative vision. Weekly critiques of students' projects will include discussions on content, aesthetics, editing, and technique.

Class time will also be spent on slide presentations of historical and contemporary photography, technical lectures, and lab demonstrations. Students are required to have a digital camera with a light meter and manual functions in addition to access to some basic photo editing programs (Lightroom preferred).


Emerging Media Studio: Virtual Imagery

PHTI-UT 1118 Studio 4 Credits

PHTI-UT 1118 Ari Melenciano Mon,Wed 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM Remote Instruction

Interested non-majors should complete the Non-Major Request Form

Virtual Imagery: This course invites students to explore, create and experience visual media through expanded dimensions only possible with the most emerging technologies of today. Through a variety of workshops, students will explore portraiture and experimental forms of photography through 3D rendered composition, lighting, and design; create virtual alternatives to museums and galleries for the viewing and experiencing of visual media; and designing experimental forms of interacting with visual media on the web. The seminar portion of the course will highlight new media artists creating with human-computer technologies and the visual arts in engaging practices. Technologies and tools explored in this course include WebVR, 3D rendering, HTML, and CSS. Coding or interactive technology experience is not necessary, this course will start from the basics with all tools introduced.

Critical Studies Courses

Contemporary Photography

PHTI-UT 1130 Critical Studies 4 Credits

PHTI-UT 1130 Christopher Phillips Mon,Wed 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Remote Instruction

Prerequisite: Photography & Imaging Social or Aesthetic History or permission from the Department. Interested non-majors should complete the Non-Major Request Form.

Digital technology today allows the combination of still images and moving images with unprecedented ease. As a result, the boundaries that once existed between still photographers, filmmakers, and videomakers are becoming increasingly blurred. By examining a wide range of visual materials, both historic and contemporary, this class will attempt to understand the changing relationship between the still photographic image and the moving image. Throughout the class, we will explore an unusually wide range of visual materials: still photographs, photo books, feature films, avant-garde films, documentaries, and artists' films and videos. Class readings will introduce a range of critical approaches to the relation between the still and moving image, and will also highlight key works and visual innovators.

Course material consists mainly of contemporary writing and artwork, aiming to broaden your awareness of new media writers, institutions, and artists today. To get an inside look into contemporary discourse, the class includes two off-site visits to important New York-based media art institutions. Reading assignments (as well as video, audio, and online exhibitions) will provide the framework for class discussions. Each class begins with a central question or two, which you should arrive prepared to verbally respond to.

Registration and pre-requisites for Non-Majors

Students who have not taken an intro course within our department, or are not able to enroll directly on ALBERT must fill out the Non-Majors Course Request Form.

Be sure to include any relevant course experience in the notes field. 

Submitting this form places you on an in-house waitlist only, and does not guarantee that you will be enrolled in a Photography & Imaging course. If a course is available, you will be contacted with instructions on how to enroll. Please do not expect to be contacted until close to the start of the semester. Non-major waitlists are tracked separately from Albert’s online course info (such as open seats or availability).

All photography courses apply toward electives for Non-Photography & Imaging TSOA majors. A lab fee is assessed for all Photography & Imaging studio classes.  The department reserves the right to drop any student who does not attend the first class.