2014-15 Catalog

Photography and the Digital Image BFA Degree Program


School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.       NYSED: 30267      HEGIS 1011

The major in Photography and the Digital Image provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop their abilities as freelance photographers, and to prepare them for a variety of positions within the photography industry and related fields.

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAPH 341 - Digital Craft and the Exhibition3
PH 351 - Professional Approach to Photojournalism2
PH 371 - Retouching/Prepress Solutions for Photographers2
RELATED AREACD 373 - The Convergence of Type and Image2
DE 302 - Photographic Exhibition Design2
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - see Other World Civilizations* G93
HA 343 - History of Photography3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAPH 342 - Advanced Project in Style and Media3
PH 361 - Logistics of Location Photography2
PH 372 - Digital Media Technology I2
RELATED AREAAP 351 - Experiencing Style2
CG 251 - Digital Editing for Film and Video2
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - see American History* G103
EN 323 - Specialized Writing and Thesis Preparation3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAPH 451 - Multimedia Concepts3
PH 471 - Digital Media Technology II2
PH 491 - Research for Senior Design Project2
RELATED AREAAC 362 - Video Studio Production3
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - see Foreign Language* G83
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAPH 461 - Multimedia Portfolio3
PH 492 - Senior Design Project2
IC 498 - Senior Internship D: Career Planning4
RELATED AREAAC 462 - Video Field Production3
ELECTIVEchoice - General Elective1.5
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - see Foreign Language*3
 Total Credits: 63.5

*Fall 2014 Requirements: See below.

FIT's Gen Ed courses are organized along the following categories: G1 Basic Communication; G2 Mathematics; G3 Natural Sciences; G4 Social Sciences; G5 Western Civilization; G6 The Arts; G7 Humanities; G8 Foreign Language; G9 Other World Civilizations; G10 American History. 

American History: 3 credits
CHOICE of one of the following non-HA courses: EN 271 or 272, or LA 221 or 392 (any one of these meets G10).

Foreign Language: 6 credits
Two semesters of the same foreign language, one of which must meet G8.

Other World Civilizations: 3 credits
CHOICE of HA 121, 221, 223, 224, 225, or 226 (any one of these meets G9).

NOTE: PH 311 may be substituted for PH 351 in fifth semester.


PH 003 — Basic Photography Studio

0 credits; 1 lab hour

For Fine Arts students. Students learn the practical applications of digital camera operations and studio lighting techniques.

PH 103 — Basic Photography

2 credits; 2 lecture hours

For Fine Arts students. Fundamentals of modern photographic practices including technical principles, aesthetic camera operation, and lighting techniques. Geared to aid the creative efforts of fine artists.
Co-requisite(s): PH 003.

PH 112 — Introduction to Photography

3 credits; 6 lab hours

Introduces students to the craft of photography, including lighting techniques, model direction and styling, and related exposure, film processing, and printing skills. Through discussion and critiques, students study photo trends for advertising, commercial, and editorial fashion uses.

PH 113 — Photographic Techniques

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

An intense study of the photographic medium from a technical standpoint. Stresses an understanding of film and exposures as they relate to light, light measurement, contrast control, film processing, and photographic chemistry.

PH 114 — Introduction to Digital Photography

1 credit; 2 lab hours

Students are introduced to digital photography techniques and new digital technologies as they apply to image capture.

PH 115 — Advertising Photography with Medium Format

3 credits; 6 lab hours

Emphasizes the use of 2 1/4, medium-format cameras in the fashion photography studio. Students learn advanced tungsten light techniques, with an introduction to monoblock electronic flash units for photography of models and accessories for advertising, editorial, or illustration use. Advanced darkroom procedures are stressed.
Prerequisite(s): PH 112 and PH 131.

PH 116 — Photography Basics

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students develop an understanding of traditional film and digital cameras by learning basic studio and lighting setup, model direction, and related film exposure techniques. Working in color and black and white, students are encouraged to produce images that creatively explore personal themes and issues. (G6: Arts).

PH 117 — Principles of Photography Including Darkroom Instruction

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Introduces students to the techniques of black-and-white photography, including basic studio setup, lighting techniques, model direction, and related film exposure as applied to the 35mm camera. Instruction on enlarging techniques and film processing through the use of the darkroom are also covered. (G6: Arts).

PH 118 — Beginning Digital Photography

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

An introductory course that familiarizes students with the basics of photography from visual, aesthetic, and technical viewpoints. The course explores the differences between conventional, silver-based (analog), and digital photographic tools. Students learn camera technique, the transfer of the image from the camera to the computer, basic scanning, and digital printing. Students are required to possess their own digital (DSLR) cameras.

PH 121 — Large Format Photography

2 credits; 4 lab hours

Basic techniques in professional operation of a large-format view camera as applied to commercial still-life photography. Covers fundamental camera movements, lighting setups, 4x5 film processing, and printing skills.

PH 130 — Lighting I

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students are introduced to the craft of lighting. They explore the qualities of various kinds of light and observe light from a scientific perspective, which informs their aesthetic decisions. This course is taught using digital cameras.
Co-requisite(s): PH 171.

PH 131 — Lighting Principles

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

The student photographer is introduced to the creative practices of lighting for studio and outdoor photography. Use and control of continuous light, natural light, and pre-existing light are emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): (for students not majoring in Photography) PH 117
Co-requisite(s): (for students majoring in Photography) PH 112.

PH 162 — Photographic Styling

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Introduces the elements of photographic styling, stressing both creative sensitivity and technical skills, through lectures and demonstrations. Assignments include fashion, beauty, illustration, tabletop, and food styling. (G6: Arts).

PH 171 — Digital Darkroom

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course offers an in-depth study of the workflow necessary for the storage, editing, and output of digital photography. Students are introduced to computer-aided tools and techniques that apply to the production and aesthetic concerns of photography in the digital environment.

PH 181 — Shooting the Narrative: Visual Storytelling I

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course introduces students to narrative storytelling through visual images. Through screenings and hands-on instruction, students learn to create images with specific narrative outcomes, and their own image-based narratives. Imaging software including iPhoto, Keynote, iMovie, and Quicktime Pro are introduced.

PH 201 — Digital Photography for Accessories and Jewelry

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students learn to light and capture digital images of accessory and jewelry items. They explore lighting techniques for various surfaces and learn to enhance item color, contour, and contrast. A DSLR camera is required and a basic knowledge of an image-editing program such as Adobe Photoshop is strongly suggested.
Prerequisite(s): PH 118, or approval of chairperson.

PH 230 — Lighting II

2.5 credits; 1 lecture and 3 lab hours

Students continue the exploration of light begun in PH 130. They apply techniques learned with continuous lights to strobe lights, the standard lighting tool of the professional photographer. Students explore the unique quality of strobe lights and develop techniques using the monoblock strobe.
Prerequisite(s): PH 130.

PH 231 — Electronic Flash

4 credits; 8 lab hours

Advances photographic skills through the use of electronic lighting equipment and techniques. Small-, medium-, and large-format cameras are used to photograph models and still-life subjects in black-and-white or color mediums. Includes related darkroom procedures.
Prerequisite(s): PH 115.

PH 241 — Foundations of Color

2 credits; 4 lab hours

Exploration of color as it applies to photography. Includes additive and subtractive color mixing, color harmony, lighting for color, light balancing, color correction, film, and digital color reproduction techniques.
Prerequisite(s): PH 112
Co-requisite(s): PH 115.

PH 242 — Advanced Projects and Portfolio Development

4.5 credits; 9 lab hours

The relationship of advanced studio lighting, set preparation techniques, and digital image capture are explored in conjunction with color theories that apply to model and still-life photography for the printed page. Students complete industry-level assignments and personal interest images in the studio and on location. Emphasis is on preparation of an individualized portfolio presentation.
Prerequisite(s): PH 231 and PH 241 or approval of chairperson.

PH 262 — Professional Procedures for the Commercial Photographer

2 credits; 2 lecture hours

An in-depth understanding of owning and operating a small professional photography business is provided. Students learn and practice organizational and career goal planning techniques, assignment pricing structures, the use of standard contracts, maintaining accurate records, and the creation of standard business forms. Emphasis is on understanding copyright law and tax structure, and learning criteria for retaining legal and financial services.

PH 272 — Photoshop I for Photographers

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students engage in a comprehensive study of Adobe Photoshop tools using the Macintosh platform. Methods and management techniques for scanning, creation of selections, layers, color correction, and basic image manipulation are studied.

PH 274 — Photoshop II for Photographers

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students develop an advanced knowledge of layers, channels, curves, image merging, color correction, and color matching in the Adobe Photoshop program. Scanning devices, file formats, and resolution levels are explored.
Prerequisite(s): PH 272.

PH 281 — Shooting the Narrative: Visual Storytelling II

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students learn the techniques required to create complex, narrative digital films. Using a combination of screenwriting, pre-production, production and editing techniques, they work in groups to complete a short narrative film of their own design from start to finish.
Prerequisite(s): PH 181.

PH 282 — Basic Video Editing

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course is an introduction to non-linear editing in a digital environment. Students learn to use industry standard software to edit capture footage and establish an efficient editing workflow. Basic sound editing and video compositing are also covered.

PH 283 — Framing the Shot

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course is an in-depth study of framing content for film and video art production. Using the frame both visually and conceptually, students construct narrative space using composition, color and light. They explore techniques such as perspective, camera angle, micro/macro view transformation, placement and juxtaposition of subject, and mixing of genres.
Prerequisite(s): PH 282.

PH 284 — Editing Concepts

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students learn to enhance the story and its visual meaning by applying major theories of editing. They analyze editing strategies used for manipulating screen time and space. The philosophies and techniques of montage and continuity editing are addressed, as well as the process of storytelling using parallel and disjunctive editing strategies.
Prerequisite(s): PH 282.

PH 299 — Independent Study in Photography

1-3 credit

Prerequisite(s): a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Art and Design.

PH 306 — Digital Photography for Packaging Design

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students learn to produce professional-quality images for their portfolios. The course focuses on studio tabletop photography, lighting techniques, and use of image-processing and editing software. Problem-solving skills are also acquired by working with a variety of materials used in packaging.
Prerequisite(s): PK 342.

PH 311 — International Photographic Study and Practice

2 credits; 4 lab hours

Employing photo documentary practices, students gain a general understanding of digital photographic principles and a deeper understanding of another culture. Exploring that culture's history with regard to art, fashion, architecture and social mores, students make imagery that has both immediate and lasting value. Through blogging assignments, students learn how to meld text and images to effectively communicate both subjective and objective points of view.

PH 331 — Lighting for Still and Moving Images

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

An in-depth study of the aesthetics, history, and expressive power of lighting, both natural and artificial, as it is used in still photography and the moving image. Camera experience is required.
Prerequisite(s): PH 118 or CG 211 or approval of instructor.

PH 341 — Digital Craft and the Exhibition

3 credits; 1 lecture and 4 lab hours

Students explore methods for capture, editing, and sequencing groups of digital images as cohesive statements with the aim of producing a photographic exhibition. Through field trips, critiques, and working with a guest art director, students study the signature styles and trends of various photographers.
Prerequisite(s): PH 242.

PH 342 — Advanced Project in Style and Media

3 credits; 1 lecture and 4 lab hours

This course pairs photography and fashion design students to create and produce professional press kits and a short digital documentary interpretation of style and fashion.
Prerequisite(s): PH 371.

PH 351 — Professional Approach to Photojournalism

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students learn how to unite image-making and writing skills to produce newsworthy picture stories. Topics covered include the legal and ethical issues that affect the process of photojournalism as well as the difference between objective and subjective judgments.
Prerequisite(s): PH 274 or approval of chairperson.

PH 361 — Logistics of Location Photography

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students develop the techniques of location photography, including environmental portraiture, industrial, fashion, and architectural photography for editorial and advertising purposes. Assignments stress image design and are performed with medium- and large-format cameras using digital capture technology, as well as indoor and outdoor lighting techniques.
Prerequisite(s): PH 371.

PH 371 — Retouching/Prepress Solutions for Photographers

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students explore ways to convey their ideas onto the printed page through retouching, editing, and preparing digital files. High-end scanning, RGB to CMYK conversions, digital versus analog proofing, and the differences between photographic, inkjet, and offset printing are also explored from both theoretical and real-world perspectives.
Prerequisite(s): PH 274.

PH 372 — Digital Media Technology I

2 credits; 2 lecture hours

This course provides practical, technical instruction in the use of high-end digital image capture backs coupled with traditional, medium-format camera system hardware. Students explore the concepts and processes required to create photographic imagery using Adobe Photoshop, iMovie, and iDVD programs.
Prerequisite(s): PH 371.

PH 404 — Basic Interior Design Photography

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

For baccalaureate-level Interior Design students or those interested in interior photography. A foundation for understanding and achieving control of the photographic medium as it applies to interior and architectural photography is provided. Students learn scale model and flat art photography, use of black-and-white and color films, metering, camera control, lighting, and filtration.

PH 406 — Digital Special Effects and Photographic Retouching

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students enhance their traditional illustration skills in a digital environment. Exploring Adobe Photoshop and its plug-ins for retouching and special aspects, they achieve the technical ability to transform initial creative inspirations into powerful imagery.
Prerequisite(s): IL 324.

PH 451 — Multimedia Concepts

3 credits; 1 lecture and 4 lab hours

Students develop a critical point of view regarding video, electronic, digital, and print media through discussion, viewing, and critiquing published work. Assignments examine the relationship between art and media industries, covering topics that will include advertising, documentaries, the news, personal identity, and media imaging.
Prerequisite(s): PH 372.

PH 461 — Multimedia Portfolio

3 credits; 1 lecture and 4 lab hours

Graduating students assemble a professional-quality, digitally processed electronic and printed portfolio of imagery from thematic work produced during the sixth, seventh, and eighth semesters.
Prerequisite(s): PH 451.

PH 471 — Digital Media Technology II

2 credits; 2 lecture hours

Students study various forms of state-of-the-art lighting techniques used for digital high-end photography. Lighting for the specific commercial areas of still life, portrait/fashion, architecture/interior, jewelry, and corporate/industrial are demonstrated and studied.
Prerequisite(s): PH 371 and PH 372.

PH 491 — Research for Senior Design Project

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course assists students in developing a thesis proposal for the creation of a multimedia portfolio. Students research a chosen area of study and learn how to effectively plan and organize multimedia projects to be used in their senior design projects.
Prerequisite(s): PH 341 and PH 342.

PH 492 — Senior Design Project

2 credits; 4 lab hours

Students prepare a capstone project resulting from the senior design project research completed in the prior semester. The course culminates in a multimedia presentation to faculty, mentors, and invited professionals and Advisory Board members for critique.
Prerequisite(s): PH 491.

PH 499 — Independent Study in Photography

1-3 credit

Prerequisite(s): a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Art and Design.