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In this minor, students are introduced to a broad range of photographic processes, technologies and conceptual practices, while working within the rich intersections between photography, film, video, design, visual art, and sound. After learning analog and digital core skills, students are encouraged to pursue a specific concentration, gaining deeper knowledge in specific areas of interest (including social engagement, fashion culture, creative industry and contemporary art).

The Photography minor requires successful completion of 18 credits across six subject areas, as outlined in the chart below. Please note that PSAM 1050 Photo Practices is required of all students intending to complete this minor and should be taken before other minor coursework.

Note: Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

  • strength in photographic technical practices engaged with film, digital media and visual art.

  • strength of the visual, technical, conceptual and professional vocabulary used in the photographic area of interest.

  • competence in integrating commercial/ visual art/ critical practices as an adaptable knowledge creatively and professionally, demonstrating a breadth of knowledge, technical ability, and cultural awareness.

  • competence in using images in a manner that is socially and politically expedient and a critical analysis of image culture as it relates to social responsibility.     

  • an understanding of photographic tools in making visual work within a larger context of visual culture and technology; possibly including activism, image culture, and anthropology.

  • an understanding of the photographic canon(s) and primary texts.


Subject Area Course Options Requirements

Introduction to Main Concepts and Basic Technical Delivery

3 credits
Photographic Canon(s) and Primary Texts 3 credits
Visual and Conceptual Best Practices 3 credits
Technical Practices 3 credits
Integration 3 credits
Critical Use of Images 3 credits


Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and the Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or the Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students interested in pursuing a deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students.

Students majoring in BFA Photography are also restricted from pursuing a minor in Photography.  The Photography minor requires an application for admission. 
For questions regarding this minor’s curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Thomas Werner, Assistant Professor of Photography, at