Photography Courses

MPPH303 Alternative Camera, Alternative Techniques
An introduction to non-silver processes such as palladium and cyanotype printing and to unusual types of cameras including plastic cameras, pinholes, and others. This class will include regular demonstrations as well as critique and research techniques for seeking out unusual photographic materials.

Graduate Prerequisite:
Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite:
MPPH260 or MPPH261 or permission of instructor

MPPH304 Lighting for Photography
Students develop and refine a personal vision through long-term projects, more advanced technical knowledge and a deeper familiarity with the use of natural and artificial light in the medium. Slide presentations, critiques and visits to exhibitions are important elements of this class.


Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: MPPH260 or MPPH261 or permission of instructor

MPPH323 Topics in Photography
This course is a study of specific topics in photography which changes each time the course is offered. Past seminars have included "Photography Since 1945," "Photo Book Making" and "Issues in Contemporary Photography."

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: MPPH260 or MPPH261 or permission of instructor

MPPH330 Word and the Photographic Image
This course is an interdisciplinary look at the intersection of literature and art. Students will be creating work combining the visual and the written. The course will provide lectures and readings of work by artists working in both media, as well as critique of student work, field trips and visiting artists. Emphasis will be on making things, individual or collaborative, combining these two elements.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: MPPH 100 or MPPH 200 or equivalent, LALW200, or by permission of instructor

MPPH350 Visiting Artist Seminar
This course introduces students to leading practitioners in the field of contemporary photography. Talks by visiting artists, historians and curators are organized by Instructors. On alternate weeks, the course breaks down into sections to discuss the previous week's lecture, assigned readings, view additional materials, or visit area exhibitions.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in Junior Projects, Senior Projects or Senior Thesis 

MPPH373 Photo Techniques
This course provides an in-depth knowledge of photographic chemistry and advanced black and white printing methods. Techniques covered are print toning and bleaching, negative reducing and intensifying, variety of developers and archival finishing methods.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: MPPH260

MPPH374 Photo: Documentary
This course focuses on the production of a single, coherent body of work that documents a specific theme or idea. Proposals are initiated and discussed in first class; subsequent classes follow progress. The course includes related readings, discussions, and slide presentations.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: PH270

MPPH377 Landscape Photo
The aims of this course are to explore Ideas and issues in contemporary landscape photography. There is a specific emphasis on critiquing student work as a means of developing a personal aesthetic.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: MPPH260 or permission of instructor

MPPH379 Image and Object
Image and Object is a cross-media course that examines some of the possible intersections of photography and sculpture. The course will provide demonstrations of a number of photographic and sculptural processes, lectures about artists who work with both mediums as well as critiques, field trips and visiting artists. The emphasis in this course will be on making hybrid objects, on the
development of individual projects and critiques.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: Jr. level or above

MPPH402 Advanced Digital Projects
This course is designed to build upon a solid understanding of the digital tools available to Photographers. Students are expected to develop their own ideas and work independently to create a cohesive group of dynamic images in response to the themes and critical issues discussed in class. Some technical guidance will be provided, but emphasis will be placed on weekly critiques, readings, discussions and lectures on contemporary trends in digital imaging practices.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: MPPH360

MPPH406 Polaroid 20X24
This course is centered around using the specialized Polaroid 20X24 camera. Students work directly with the instructor to create work based in the studio. Students will learn lighting and collaborative techniques unique to the Polaroid.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: MPPH260 or MPPH261 or permission of instructor

MPPH450 Visiting Artist Seminar
This course introduces students to leading practitioners in the field of contemporary photography. Talks by visiting artists, historians and curators are organized by Instructors. On alternate weeks, the course breaks into sections to discuss the previous week's lecture, assigned readings, view additional materials, or visit area exhibitions.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment with the same instructor in MPPH361, MPPH460 or MPPH461

PH501-504 Photo Major Studio - Graduate
The Graduate Major studio provides the context for graduate critique. Taught by a different faculty member each semester, this class gives graduate students the venue for thinking through their ideas, for sharing the work they produce, and for verbal participation in group critique.