History of Photography
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLVS 2300
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
  • Visual Culture
  • Photography
The purpose of this course is to familiarize each student with the major conceptual, ideological, and cultural issues that have impacted and defined the history of photography from 1839 to the present. Each student will be expected to develop their ability to discuss and identify the major developments of this history with understanding and confidence. This course will place emphasis on the socio-political forces, technological developments, and aesthetic innovations that have determined the trends of photographic theory and production. Open to: University undergraduate students. Pathway: Visual Studies
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Communication Design students.

Open to Design and Technology students.

Open to Fine Arts students.

Open to Integrated Design Curriculum students.

Open to Illustration students.

Open to Photography students.