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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Constructed Environments
Department: Constructed Environments
Course Number: PSCE 5037
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
The goal of this elective will be the practical application of still photography to the understanding and presentation of the built environment, from scale models to built work to urban contexts. Assignments will emphasize the student’s creative abilities to solve problems and complete tasks individually and in collaboration with classmates. There will be no written assignments unless a student wishes to present a special project, but there will be reading, discussion, and presentation and defense of completed assignments. Discussion will emphasize the fundamentals of the photographic medium, from “what is light?” and “what is a stop?” to “how can I talk my way onto that rooftop?” Initially, little distinction will be made between fi lm and digital, but the course will build toward a discussion of the exciting and extremely fl uid nature of the current digital environment. Demonstrations will proceed from model photography to the view camera to digital camera/ laptop technique and workfl ow, but emphasis will be on students fi guring things out for themselves based on their understanding of goal and purpose. The ability to accomplish a task will follow intention and reasoning, not the other way around. Students will be expected to own or share a Nikon or Canon 35mm full-frame SLR, either fi lm or digital, and a tripod. Special lenses will need to be rented for assignments, but costs won’t exceed $35-70 per week.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Pre-requisite(s): none. Open to: All SCE students as well as BFA and MFA Photography students.


Open to Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.

Open to Parsons School of Design students.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Interior Design students.

Open to Architecture/Lighting Design students.

Open to Architecture students.

Open to Architectural Design students.

Open to Interior Design students.

Open to Lighting Design students.

Open to Interior Design students.

Open to Interior/Lighting Design students.