Curriculum

Schedule of Classes

Fall Semester:

Spring Semester:

Mon: 2:00-5:00pm
Photographic Editing I

Mon: 2:00-5:00pm
Photographic Editing II

Tues: 2:00-5:00pm
Analog to Digital

Tues: 2:00-5:00pm
The Business of Photography: Design for Print and Web

Wed: 10:00am-2:00pm
Commercial and Documentary Video Production I

Wed: 10:00am-2:00pm
Commercial and Documentary Video Production II

Thur: 2:00-5:00pm
Photographic History, Theory and Practice I

Thur: 2:00-5:00pm
Photographic History, Theory and Practice II

Mon/Tues/Thur: 10:00am-1:00pm
Photographic Production

Mon/Tues/Thur: 10:00am-1:00pm
Advanced Photographic Production

 

Equipment

  • DSLR Still and Video Cameras
  • Medium and Large Format Cameras
  • Film and Flatbed Scanners
  • Lighting Kits
  • Editing Labs
  • Wide Angle, Telephoto and Zoom Lenses
  • Large Format Ink-jet Printers
  • Lighting Studio
  • Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere Pro
  • Galleries

For more specifics, contact our equipment office (412-681-9500) or visit their equipment list (rates do not apply).

 

Handbook

Download the Photography Intensive Handbook PDF for more specifics concerning classes, equipment, and admissions.

 

Program Overview

Photographic Production

Let's begin at the beginning: how to use your DSLR camera and how to compose successful photos. You'll learn the mechanics and electronics of digital photography, as well as the skills to control composition, light, color, and time. As you gain an understanding of light sensitivity in relationship to exposure, you'll feel at ease with on location and studio shoots, using natural lighting, artificial lighting, or a combination of both. You'll also explore image processing and editing with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. This comprehensive course introduces you to all aspects of the photographic process – from camera to print.

Advanced Photographic Production

Here's where you get to explore your own personal vision. With experience under your belt, you are now ready to produce a cohesive body of work – a photographic series used for portfolio reviews, job interviews, and submissions to galleries and magazines for exhibition and publication. In short, this class provides a blueprint for the working photographer.

Analog to Digital

Film is not yet dead! Many photographers use both digital and film cameras in their professional work. In this class you'll work with a variety of photographic film cameras and then print from the negatives in the darkroom, where you'll learn the proper way to evaluate print quality. After learning the origins of Photoshop image manipulation, acquiring the scanning skills for 35mm, medium format and large format films, and the digital printing skills for both color and black and white inkjet prints – you'll be on your way to becoming a master printer.

Commercial and Documentary Video Production I

Photographers are often called upon to shoot video in the workforce. So in addition to the still image you'll learn about the moving image, especially in news-gathering and documenting events. This class focuses on shooting, recording sound, lighting and editing of High-Definition video. You'll learn how to interview a subject, how to record sound, and how to use audio controls. You also get to work with professional movie lighting equipment and digital editing software.

Commercial and Documentary Video Production II

This class is a continuation of Commercial and Documentary Video Production 1, but with an emphasis on narrative filmmaking. In this class you'll assemble a cast and crew, control the set, and shoot a simple narrative movie. Using professional movie lights, you'll learn how to use lighting and framing to achieve an expressive look for your film. You will also explore the continuity style of editing, which allows you to create the illusion of an unbroken flow of time. And you'll create a layered soundtrack for your final project.

The Business of Photography: Print and Web

Many photographers have their own small businesses. In this class you'll learn how to design, market and promote your work and skills as a professional photographer. Besides creating a website for marketing purposes, you'll format your portfolio (created in Advanced Photographic Production) for both print and online viewing. You'll also learn how to effectively blog, how to build a resume, how to create promotional pieces, and how to use Google analytics.

Photographic Editing I

Good editing skills are essential for the photographer, helping them to manipulate their work in order to achieve a desired effect. As you explore digital imaging, you'll learn professional and efficient workflow habits and become proficient at basic photographic editing. This is the first class in a two-semester sequence using Adobe Photoshop as an editing tool. You'll gain an understanding of the various palettes, retouching, adjustments and masks, scanning photographs, color corrections, and the proper use of High Dynamic Range exposures.

Photographic Editing II

In this class you'll continue exploring digital editing with Adobe Photoshop while working on advanced and more complex assignments. You'll work with text, filters, special effects and composite images, as well as other techniques. You will also design and publish a book of your work, and by the end of the semester you'll have a complete portfolio highlighting your Photoshop skills.

Photographic History, Theory and Practice I

Because context is crucial, this class introduces the history of photography and its place in Western culture – from the invention of the camera to the beginnings of modern art. You will become familiar with key practitioners of the photographic arts, particularly the origins of documentary and war photography. What are the medium’s inherent characteristics, and what impact has photography had on the other visual arts? After learning about historical photographic processes, you will use several of these antique processes in workshop-style class sessions.

Photographic History, Theory and Practice II

As a continuation of PHTP, this class helps you understand photography's rise as both a contemporary art form and a social document. What is photography’s current impact on the way the world interprets photographic truth? Expect lively discussions, as we explore imagery, art movements, specific artists, as well as digital technological advances. To truly understand the change in photographic visual syntax, several of the processes we study will be practiced in workshop-style class sessions.