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Course Description

This hands-on design course introduces students to the art and craft of visual storytelling through digital photography and video to express their creative visions and unique points of view. Students meet online 4 days per week over a 4 week period with Parsons faculty and an international cohort of peers for real-time creative and technical design instruction, project design development guidance, and group and individual critiques. Live instruction is supplemented with digitally archived project support and reference resources. This exploratory design course incorporates structured away time from the computer in which students investigate world events, social issues, and personal experiences and interests as a springboard for design inspiration, direction, and production. Students learn the fundamentals of primary and secondary design research, image archiving and observational writing, principles of art and design in photography and time-based mediums, documentary and fine art styles, creative and technical image editing and manipulation, design and curation of images to convey original visual narratives, and the creation of analog and digital visual presentations. Digital tools, including the Adobe Creative Cloud, are introduced. The four-week experience includes guest speakers from industry and virtual field trips. From the start of the course students keep an online design process journal and complete a series of exploratory photo and video essays based on their original research and concepts to be presented in a final design presentation in the medium and format of their choice: online and/or print art publications, gallery book, curated exhibit space, website, short film, etc. Students must have a DSLR or mirrorless digital camera.

Learner Outcomes

  • Show an understanding of the virtual design studio environment and practice by participating in a variety of synchronous (real time interaction) and asynchronous (away-time) activities including lectures, demos, and discussions; individual and collaborative exercises and projects; and self and peer critiques.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the practice and application of primary and secondary research and its impact on creative and technical processes, including themes derived from observing and interpreting world events, social issues, and personal experiences.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the iterative creative process by maintaining analog and/or digital creative process journals/sketchbooks documenting research, ideation studies, resolved design, commentary, and self-reflection.
  • Gain proficiency in using DSLR digital cameras and digital editing tools to creatively capture, digitally edit and manipulate, and process still images and video.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the principles of art and design as they pertain to the fundamentals of photography and video through exploration of composition, perspective, line, value, color, scale, light, and time
  • Demonstrate through research, experimentation, and practice an understanding of the interrelationship and balance of creative and technical aspects of digital photography and video to visually communicate an artistic vision.
  • Acquire the skills to create and curate a cohesive body of design work that supports a visual narrative expressive of an individual and evolving design identity.

Additional Information

This course is one offering from our Parsons Online Summer Intensive Studies program. For more information on schedule, registration, and refund policies, see program details.
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