Summer Visual Arts Course | Photography I

section 001
3 points
Session 1 (May 23 - July 1), TTh, 6:15-9:25PM
Instructor: Jesse Wakeman

section 002
3 points
Session 2 (July 5-August 12), MW, 6:15-9:25PM
Instructor: Patrice Helmar

section 003
3 points
 Session 2 (July 5-August 12), TTh, 6:15-9:25PM
Instructor: Rola Khayyat

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An introductory course in black-and-white photography, Photography I is required for admission to all other photo classes. Students are initially instructed in proper camera use and basic film exposure and development. Then the twice weekly meetings are divided into lab days where students learn and master the fundamental tools and techniques of traditional darkroom work used in 8x10 print production and classroom days where students present their work and through the language of photo criticism gain an understanding of photography as a medium of expression. Admitted students must obtain a manually focusing 35mm camera with adjustable f/stops and shutter speeds. No prior photography experience is required.

Tuition & Fees
The 2016 rate for current degree seeking students and visiting students is $1630 per point. Students enrolled in postbaccalaureate and certification programs can review tuition and fees here.

Materials Fee: $125
For questions about School of the Arts summer courses, including those concerning admissions, registration, and billing, please contact the School of Professional Studies summer team at, or 212-854-9666. With questions about specific course content, please contact Visual Arts Departmental Representative for Photography Thomas Roma at

About the Instructors
Jesse Wakeman is a lens-based artist who uses the concept of documentary as a starting point for explorations of narrative. He has shown work at The Fridman Gallery, MOCADA, The Invisible Dog, The Neiman Gallery, and The Fischer Landau Center for Art. Jesse holds a BA in film from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and an MFA from Columbia University, 2014. 
Patrice Aphrodite Helmar (b. 1981 in Juneau, Alaska) is a photographer who lives and works in New York City. In 2014, she was a finalist in the New York Photo Festival, and a finalist for the Gordon Parks Prize. Her work has appeared in print in VICE magazine, Quatro Journal, and Vena Cava Magazine. Her work is part of the Juneau Douglas City Museum permanent collection.
Rola Khayyat (b. 1982 in Graz, Austria) is a photographer who lives and works in New York City. She has worked on projects with art spaces such as Art Laboratory Berlin, and curated the BEYroute show for the Third Thessoloniki Biennial. Rola’s work explores new dimensions on the representation of war, memory and identity.
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