2017/18 Courses


PFG-5140 / PFG-5145
Fashion Photography Critique I and II
Two semesters: 3 credits per semester
At the conceptual core of the program is the weekly discussion of each participant’s images, followed by a rigorous and thorough analysis of those works. As an intimacy with one another’s work and objectives develops, the work becomes refined through being challenged. A vigorous participation in the conversation about each person’s work, and a balance of generosity and useful criticism is expected.

PFG-5170 / PFG-5175
Symposium I and II
Two semesters: 3 credits per semester
Throughout the year of study, Symposium acts as a weekly gathering of program participants for an array of activities: guest lectures and critiques, and field trips to museums and gallery exhibitions. The emphasis will be on bringing a broad range of cultural ideas to the conversation, and to partake in the resources that New York City has to offer.

History of Fashion Photography
Spring semester: 3 credits
Serving as a chronological examination of fashion photography, this course will begin with its inception as society reportage and its early flowering alongside pictorialism, surrealism and modernism in the 1920s and ‘30s. We will then follow the creative developments of the genre both during the Second World War and the postwar era, when the American fashion industry emerged, and through the great social and stylistic changes of the 1960s and ‘70s. Finally, the course will consider the influence of social liberalization on fashion imagery; the growth and globalization of the fashion image; and the impact of digital photography, the Internet and Photoshop from the 1990s to the present.

Fashion Photography Today
Fall semester: 3 credits
The course will use as its premise the notion that the fashion photographer has taken on a role in culture that is unique among other photographers and visual artists in general. By looking at major talents of the very late 20th and early 21st centuries, we will see how the idea of a fashion photographer has evolved into a vastly more significant force than in previous eras. Fashion photographers have become celebrities in themselves and beyond just creatively recording trends in fashion, they are often times helping to drive the discourse. Using a geographical jumping-off point, topics such as Surreal Los Angeles: Ritts and Rolston, London thru Knight and Day and Steven Meisel’s New York will be explored. Students will complete readings on numerous topics as well as assignments developed to help focus their creative vision. There will be guest lecturers from both the editorial and fine art fields.

Fall semester: 3 credits
With two faculty members working with students as a project team on a rotating basis, this course will support the efforts of each student’s collaborative projects in achieving an original and coherent set of images.

Concept and Narrative
Fall semester: 3 credits
Similar to cinema, fashion photography is a collaborative medium, and its success lies in photographer’s ability to work with a crew of individuals to produce the desired image. This course will address the logistics of that effort, and emphasize the importance of creative collaboration. Each student, based on his or her sensibility and aesthetic, will form a creative team from the ranks of the professional photographic community.

PFG-5630 / PFG-5635
Video and Fashion Photography I and II
Two semesters: 3 credits per semester
Partly as a result of the rapid transformations in media and publishing, and the influence of the Internet, fashion video has become increasingly important and the subject of much speculation. As a fashion venue, it increases narrative and contributes sound, music and motion. This course will focus on the production of a video short. Sessions will include digital lab time with editing instruction.