DPI Summer Courses

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NYU is continuously monitoring developments around COVID-19 and adjusting University operations accordingly. We anticipate that summer programs will move forward as planned, however we will continue to provide updates should there be any changes.


Registration for Summer opened Monday, February 10.

Summer courses will run May 26 – July 5, 2020.

Come spend your summer at NYU!

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

Photography I: Black & White

PHTI-UT.1001 Studio 4 Credits

PHTI-UT 1001

PHTI-GT 2001

NCRD-UT 8201

Editha Mesina Tue,Thu 10.00 AM - 1.30 PM 721 Bway, Rm. 814

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

Many photographers who have been utilizing digital cameras are turning (and returning) to traditional, silver-based film and papers. This intensive course is designed to introduce and explore the practical and creative applications of analog photography. Students will learn camera operation, composition principles, and metering techniques. Supported by a comprehensive lab facility, students will learn film processing and archival projection print enlarging methods as well as the basics of print finishing and presentation. Classes will incorporate critiques of student work, slide lectures of important historical and contemporary imagery, hands-on studio and laboratory demonstrations, and field trips. Students will be assigned reading for class discussion and relevant photography exhibits to view. Students are required to complete a minimum of 4 hours of lab work per week (hours arranged by the student) in addition to regular class attendance. This course is designed to engage the student in a photographic dialogue within a productive semester. A lab fee is charged for this course.

Documentary Strategies: Documenting Downtown using New Media

PHTI-UT 1006 Studio 4 Credits

PHTI-UT 1006

NCRD-UT 8245

Ari Melenciano Mon,Thurs 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm  721 Bway, Rm 803

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

This course systematically examines downtown New York City neighborhoods, businesses, institutions and communities. Using new media technology, such as 360 degree photography and video, augmented reality, and spatial sound, students will document histories that have unfolded around New York University's Greenwich Village campus: the evolution of Bowery, changing Chinatown, the diminishing family-owned businesses; disappearing sub cultures of the East and West Village; Italian, Jewish, Dominican and Puerto Rican enclaves in the Lower East Side. The students learn how to work together in teams and with families and institutions, and how to gain access to other cultures, using new media. A lab fee is charged for this course. 

Ari Melenciano is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist, creative technologist, and researcher passionate about exploring how various forms of design impact the human experience. Much or her research intersects aesthetics, speculative design, race, identity, sociology and and human-computer interactive technologies. She's a graduate of NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Graduate Program (ITP) and now a research fellow. Her work has been funded by Processing.Org, Google, Facebook, NYU and more. She is founder and producer of new media art, culture and technology festival, Afrotectopia.

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  721 Bway, Rm 803

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. 

Lighting for Stills & Motion

PHTI-UT.1013 Studio 4 Credits

PHTI-UT 1012

PHTI-GT 2012

NCRD-UT 8213

Mark Jenkinson Tue,Thu 4:15 PM - 7:45 PM 721 Bway, Rm. 804

Prerequisite: Photography II or permission from the Department. Interested non-majors should complete the non-major request form.

This class teaches lighting as a series of the most common lighting problems encountered in professional photography and cinematography. The course philosophy is that the most complex and difficult lighting problems are really just combinations of small, easily resolved, problems. Starting with basic three-point lighting for portraiture using simple continuous source lighting, the course will progress quickly to extremely complex set ups using electronic flash as well as lighting for the new generation of hybrid Dslr’s (video/still camera) as it moves through multiple environments. Subjects covered include: Lighting for portraits, still life, fashion, interiors, documentary, and exterior location lighting using battery powered flash. Location scouting and planning according to location limitations. Color temperature and color control. Light shaping and control. Students will learn how to use: Digital SLR’s, medium format cameras, Leaf Aptus electronic capture, direct tethered capture using Adobe Lightroom, continuous lighting, electronic flash, color temperature meters and custom white balance profiles as well as the basics of video/sound capture. Lighting equipment is provided. A lab fee is charged for this course.

Large Format

PHTI-UT 1014 Studio 4 Credits

PHTI-UT 1014

PHTI-GT 2014

NCRD-UT 8214

Thomas Drysdale Mon,Wed 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM 721 Bway, Rm 814

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

Many artists turn to 4x5 and 8x10 large-format cameras for the creative control that view cameras afford, as well as for the high resolution and potentially large scale of the resulting prints. This course introduces the special characteristics of large format photography, including perspective control, creative approaches to selective focus and metering strategies facilitated by single negative processing. The exposure and development methods known as the Zone System will also be considered. Because large format work is physically demanding and relatively slow, this is also an opportunity to work more deliberately and, in some respects, more consciously. It may also inform one’s understanding of the methods and approaches of 19th and early 20th Century artists. The high resolution of large format description can often produce a compelling image of relatively static subject matter that might not otherwise succeed if recorded in smaller formats. Surfaces and details evoke a more “complete”, or even tactile appreciation of some subjects. Following a series of practical exercises during the first half of the course, students are expected to develop an appropriate project on which to concentrate and apply their evolving skills in the production of an original and integrated body of work. Technical material covered includes different large format camera types and applications, lenses and optics, metering, filters, special B&W developers, large format printing and scanning for digital output. Early historical processes are introduced, current exhibitions of artists and photographers in New York are discussed and field trips are arranged. A variety of cameras, lenses and tripods are available for student use. A lab fee is charged for this course.

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 721 Bway, Rm 814

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.