DPI Summer Courses

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NYU is continuously monitoring developments around COVID-19 and adjusting University operations accordingly. 
DPI remote and in-person courses will run during Summer Session 1, May 24 to July 5, 2021.

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.

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The Portrait

PHTI-UT.1005 Studio 4 Credits



Editha Mesina Tues/Thurs 9:30am-2:00pm Remote Instruction

Prerequisite: Photography & Imaging: Digital. Non-Repeatable. 

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 critiques, slide lectures, 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.


PHTI-UT 1007 4 Credits



Cate Fallon Mon/Wed 2:30-7:00pm  Remote Instruction

This Photoshop course 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.

Visual Thinking

PHTI-UT.1010 4 Credits



Cheryl Yun-Edwards Tues/Thurs 9:30am-2:00pm Remote Instruction

Prerequisite: Required for Majors, optional for some transfer students. 

Visual Thinking (Contemporary Imaging Practice) is a foundation course in Tisch Department of Photography and Imaging designed to broaden the student’s aesthetic explorations and to inform their photography in this post-photographic world. The course will expose and explore basic visual ideas in a variety of imaging media to help the student develop a visual language based on contemporary, cross-disciplinary and cultural artistic strategies. Through a series of projects and exercises students will be encouraged to experiment with line, composition, pattern, scale, text/type, collaboration, design, and materials moving from 2d to 3d worlds in order to develop strong tools for further awareness and visual expression. This is a studio-oriented class but we will also be learning via readings, artist lectures, slides, videos, field trips (virtual) and other materials.


PHTI-UT.1013 Studio 4 Credits



Karl Peterson Tues/Thurs 2:30-7:00pm



Prerequisite: Photography & Imaging: Analog and Digital or permission of the department. 

This course is an introduction to photographic lighting, one of the most basic and important aspects of photography. We will examine the studio environment, professional practices, and location lighting situations. A series of lighting demonstrations and assignments thoroughly acquaints the student with the application and control of electronic flash and natural lighting. Students discover the creative advantages of a variety of lighting equipment, camera controls, synchro-daylight and painting with light. Color theory, color temperature, and color correction are taught by utilizing film and digital mediums. Lighting demonstrations incorporated the use of analog cameras and computer-tethered digital cameras. Students may also work in color print form, provided they have a working knowledge of color printing prior to this class. Students may work in any genre, including but not limited to: figure, portrait, still life, fashion. A final creative portfolio is required by the end of the semester. Cameras, lighting equipment, and basic materials are provided. Students are expected to furnish additional film and supplies. The department reserves the right to drop any student who does not attend the first class.

This course will meet weekly in-person, in small groups when the situation safely allows and at the instructor's discretion. Some course content will be accessible online and some meetings will be held via Zoom. This course requires physical access to the department. 

Photojournalism: Modern Photojournalism

PHTI-UT 1015 4 Credits



Bryan Denton Tues/Thurs 2:30-7:00pm Remote Instruction

SPPECIAL COURSE OFFERING. A journalist with a camera presses a button and creates a primary historical document. The physical act of photojournalism might not have changed much in the past century, however, the technology, ethics, and the marketplace surrounding that image have all evolved radically. Students in this class will examine the current state of photojournalism through lectures, readings, critiques, discussions, and visits from leading photographers and editors in the industry. Topics will include producing one-day assignments on deadline; formulating and pitching long-term projects; how to pitch project ideas to editors; photojournalism as a business; the current discussions surrounding the ethics of representation that are changing photojournalism today. Students will be expected to shoot and edit weekly assignments on deadline for the first three weeks of the class, and transition to a long-term project during the final three weeks. Guest lectures will include Meaghan Looram/DOP at the New York Times, Brandon Bell/Getty Images, Tanya Habjouqa/Noor, Katie Orlinsky/Nat Geo, Daniella Zalcman/Women Photograph, and Rian Dundon, among others.

Bryan Denton is an award-winning independent photojournalist based in Mexico City. He is a contributing photographer with the New York Times, where his work has focused on conflict, climate change, humanitarian issues, and political transition in the Middle East, The Americas, Africa, and Asia.

Emerging Media Studio: Intro to Post-Photographic Imaging

PHTI-UT 1018 4 Credits



Snow Yunxue Fu Tues/Thurs 2:30-7:00pm Remote Instruction

Prerequisite: Photography & Imaging: Analog and Digital or permission of the department. 

The paradigm of the indexical photographic image has come into a new era – a computer generated one. Maya 3D software, typically used to create commercial games and animations, will be used to introduce experimental computer imaging as a visual art form. Students will solve a series of formal problems, introduced in increasing levels of complexity, and examine the broad cultural, philosophical, and theoretical implications of CG imaging. Moving from the 2-dimensional to 3-dimensional and ultimately to the four-dimensional or time-based, students will evolve their abilities to utilize aspects of light and dark, form, rhythm, color, proportion and volume but in terms of a post photographic discourse.


Web Design

PHTI-UT.1013 Studio 4 Credits



Elizabeth Kilroy Tues/Thurs 9:30-2:00pm

Online Instruction

Design for the web is geared towards the visual artist who would like to learn by doing. Explore the web as a place to publish your work and to create art. We will explore what HTML 5 and CSS 3 are in 2021. Instructor and web designer Elizabeth Kilroy will explain fundamental concepts of HTML 5 and CSS 3. The class is fun and hands-on and aims to demystify the power of code and introduce students to simple interactivity. This is a project-based course, which means you will learn by making. It is geared toward beginners and those with some web design experience who enjoy creating new things. By the end of the semester,  students will have finished a small self-directed project, which will be published on Glitch. (https://glitch.com/). We will think about code as art and discuss the role of artists in net art and programming as an artistic practice. Resources and useful tips and tricks will be provided to make learning more fun and to allow students to continue to create and learn on their own.

Contemporary Photography

PHTI-UT 1130 4 Credits



Christopher Phillips Mon/Wed 2:30-7:00pm Remote Instruction

This course counts toward the DPI Critical Studies Requirement for majors.

Digital technology today allows the combination of still 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. The class explores an unusually wide range of visual materials: still photographs, photo books, feature films, avant-garde films, documentaries, and artists’ films and videos. Class readings introduce a range of critical approaches to the relation between the still and moving image, and will also highlight key works and visual innovators.

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.