Advanced Photo Processes: Computational Photography
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Art, Media & Technology
Course Number: PSAM 3820
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course invites students at every level of photographic experience (both traditional lens-based media and digital techniques) to a hands-on exploratorium. Students explore creating and developing new ways of seeing (as well as re-purposing existing ways of seeing) through the emerging framework of computational photography, pulling from optics, computer vision, programming, and their largely unexplored creative potentials. An introduction to general theories of computation and their practical application is examined through individual and collaborative projects in a hands-on combination of science, technology, and artistic production. Students are expected to actively engage the theory and practice of creating their own modes of expression by constructing camera/capture devices in an open experimental context, exploring concepts ranging from fractals to light fields. Students with a desire to create works that cannot be realized through traditional means are encouraged to challenge existing modes of photographic expression.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors degree in Photography majors; others by permission of Photography program.


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.