MPS Digital Photography
The course of study addresses a wide range of topics, including: capture to image processing, workflow and asset management, digital portfolio design and distribution, working with video and sound, and exhibition. The program emphasizes cutting-edge training via in-depth course work, critically focused workshops, special interest seminars, and presentations by technical experts and contemporary photographers.
The primary instructional goal is to enable students to excel in their creative or commercial photographic imaging careers.
Degree candidates must successfully complete 30 credits, including all required courses, pass all non-credit classes and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. During the spring semester and summer session, each student completes a thesis project that culminates in an online project, branding materials, printed book and exhibit prints. The thesis project must be reviewed and approved by the thesis committee and the department chair for the student to be eligible for degree conferral.
Why We Stand Out:
Master photography’s latest tools and techniques in this intensive one-year program
Cutting-edge education in current digital photographic practices and aesthetics
Working professionals comprise the faculty and numerous guest lecturers enhance the technical and creative curriculum
Benefit from and be inspired by New York City and the professional networking and collaboration opportunities
More About the Department
Photographers are the visual explorers of concepts, light and relationships. As we frame the world in our viewfinders, we are creating and expressing the world we are an integral part of. As we digitally create and enhance the image, our skills and imagination are constantly challenged to create better images that are conceptually sound and technically flawless. Digital photographic hardware and software give the artist the ability to refine and explore the still and moving image to the fullest expression of the photographer’s vision. But this inherent power comes with an even greater responsibility to use the digital tools appropriately in relation to the artist’s creative intent.
Our student body mirrors the diversity of the 21st century in terms of heritage, age, technical acumen, professional experience and photographic interests that include but are not limited to photojournalism, fine art, portrait, commercial, fashion, landscape and documentary photography.
The ideal MPS Digital Photography candidate has a strong photographic background, is dedicated to developing and completing a professional and unique body of work, and has a deep passion for exploring the confluence of aesthetics and technology.
The program benefits greatly from both its outstanding faculty and its location in the heart of the photo district and gallery scene in New York City. Our instructors are working professionals with extensive expertise in professional photography and digital-imaging technologies. The entire faculty and staff are dedicated to challenging students to take complete control and responsibility for every decision and detail in their images. A variety of guest lecturers from the industry complement the core faculty to enrich each student’s learning experience.
Photographer and publisher Kris Graves creates artwork that confronts what he sees as wrong in American society. He aims to use art as a means to inform people about social issues, elevate representation of people of color in the fine art canon; and create opportunities for conversation about race, representation and urban life. i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series features leading photographers and artists, hardware and software developers and industry experts.