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Course Description

This design studio is an introductory exploration of digital photography to document the unique spaces, objects, and people that inspire your creativity. Students use still photography to capture the world around them to inspire themes as they create visual narratives. Digital apps used to edit and create portfolio development and presentation skills are introduced. Students are introduced to historic and contemporary photography movements and trends, current exhibits, and industry professionals.

Course Notes: For the 2021 Parsons Summer Academy program (August), students may use a mobile device camera and free/inexpensive photo editing apps (to be suggested in class). For the Fall 2021 Parsons Academy program, students are required to have a DSLR camera and access to Adobe Creative Cloud (subscription not included). For the online sections of this course, all field trips and guest speaker presentations occur as virtual events and experiences.

Learner Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how digital cameras may be used to capture imagery for both documentation and creative expression
  • Demonstrate an introductory level understanding of both creative and technical use of digital cameras, from initial image capture to final output
  • Become familiar with working in different environments, drawing on numerous field exploration assignments and class discussions
  • Understand introductory photographic history and contemporary digital practice through assigned readings, gallery/museum visits, and visiting artist talks
  • Create a portfolio of related images that are expressive of a visual narrative. Gain confidence in presenting and discussing work
  • Demonstrate an understanding of an art/design studio practice by participating in a variety of activities including lectures, demos, and discussions; individual and collaborative exercises and projects; and self and peer critiques.

Additional Information

The 2021 Parsons Summer Academy online format is synchronous with hands-on live studio sessions occurring at the listed meeting times. For more information on schedule, requirements, registration, and refund policies, see program details.
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