Photography Intensive

Summer 2014 Photography Intensive
 
VIAR S4107
6 points
Session I: May 26 - July 3
M, T, W, R, F 10 am - 6 pm
Instructors: Thomas Roma, Inbal Abergil
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This was an amazing program.  I feel more prepared than ever to leave the classroom environment and create my own work!
-Student, Advanced Photography Intensive, 2013

I enrolled hoping to learn how to think like an artist and understand the history of photography (in 6 weeks!) and I got that.
-Student, Advanced Photography Intensive, 2013
 
The Advanced Photography Intensive was fantastic.  It's the ideal way for a mature student and a photographer in any level to intensively workshop their photography.  One of the selling points of the course is that you make your own program out of it—you can focus on whatever you want.
-Student, Advanced Photography Intensive, 2013
 
The Photography Intensive engages students in all elements of photographic practice and the development of a portfolio.  The experienced faculty are responsive to the specific needs of each photographer and the course is appropriate for students at any level.  The curriculum is designed for students to quickly accelerate their understanding of the language of photography and to realize the creative possibilities in their own work.  A combination of technical tutorials, individual meetings with internationally renowned artists and art professionals, as well as a series of seminars and group critiques, provide students with the tools they need to advance professionally and further develop the core elements of their practice.  The Photography Intensive provides an exceptional workshop environment where students have 24-hour access to traditional and digital facilities, coupled with daily hands-on assistance from experienced faculty and staff, culminating in a group exhibition at the LeRoy Neiman Gallery.  Students are expected to produce work independently throughout the six-week term and fully dedicate their time and efforts to the course.

The course is designed for several distinct types of students: exceptional undergraduates passionate about photography, college graduates preparing to apply for MFA programs, experienced photographers looking to gain knowledge of the photographic tradition and its advanced techniques, and seasoned artists and teachers wishing to rigorously develop their practice through a critical dialogue with faculty and other students.

Features of the Course
  • Shared workspace on 115th Street and Broadway, New York City
  • Group Critique
  • Individual meetings with faculty and visiting artists
  • Lectures by internationally renowned photographers
  • Critical History of Photography Seminar
  • Visits to Museums, Galleries, and Artist Studios in New York City
  • Guided photographic trips
  • Technical tutorials covering traditional darkroom printing and contemporary digital practice
  • Portfolio editing and writing workshops
  • Career development and professional practice workshops
 
Facilities and Equipment Access
  • Full, 24-hour, access to the School of the Arts Photography Facilities
  • Studio Classroom with lockers for storage of equipment and supplies
  • Digital Lab
    • Imacon and Epson Scanners
    • Epson 9000 Series Inkjet Printer (all inks provided)
  • Black and White Darkrooms
    • 35mm, Medium Format and 4x5 Enlargers
    • Film and Print Processing Areas

Course Elements

Presentations
At the beginning of the course, each student share a slide presentation of their work with students and faculty

Individual Meetings
Students are scheduled to meet with each member of the faculty every week. For additional perspective, students also meet with artists and other professionals who visit the course during weekly visits.

Visiting Artist Lectures
Beginning in the second week, a prominent photographer lectures about their work. Lectures are followed with a meeting with each student in the course. The roster of visiting artists for 2015 will be announced soon. Last year's artists included John Pilson, Elinor Carucci, Michael Spano, Susan Kismaric and Vince Aletti.

Technical Tutorials
The first five weeks feature technical tutorials on advanced black and white darkroom production, lighting, and color-managed digital workflow from high-resolution scan to exhibition quality inkjet print.

Group Critique
Each student presents their work to faculty and other students during a day-long series of group critiques.  Faculty lead the discussions and the critiques take place in the first three weeks of the term.

Critical History of Photography Seminar
Students read and discuss key issues in contemporary photography and the history of the medium. New readings are provided each week.

New York City, Art, and Photography
Staff lead visits to museums, galleries and studios around New York. In addition, trips are arranged to facilitate photographing in the city.  Often, these visits and trips tie in directly to topics discussed in the Critical History of Photography Seminar.

Final Review and Exhibition
The course concludes with an exhibition at the LeRoy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University. The faculty conduct a final analysis of work completed in the course and have a discussion with the students in the gallery.

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Application/Registration
 
There are no pre-requisites to the Photography Intensive and students are admitted to the coures on a first-come, first-served basis.  A basic application will open online in January.  
 
If you wish to be placed on the advance list, please email soasummer@columbia.edu with the subject line PHOTOGRAPHY INTENSIVE ADVANCE LIST.  We will keep your time dated emails and hold your space in the course until registration opens, at which point you will be asked to send us a $500 deposit to secure your space.
 
Tuition & Fees
 
The Summer 2014 standard Continuing Education tuition rate was $1,512 per point, or $9,072 for the six-point intensive. Tuition rates for Summer 2015 will be available in December, but are not expected to increase more than 5%. For more information visit our Tuition & Fees page.
 
Students are required to pay a $500 Lab Fee in addition to Columbia tuition.
 
Housing
 
Limited housing in university dorms will be made available to students on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be sent a link to the Housing application, once admitted to the course.
 
 
 
 
 

About the instructors
 
Thomas Roma
 
Twice the recipient of Guggenheim Fellowships, Thomas Roma's work has appeared in one-person and group exhibitions internationally, including one-person shows with accompanying books at the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography in New York. more
 
 
Inbal Abergil
 
Inbal Abergil is a photographer currently living and working in New York City. Her photographs investigate the aesthetic and societal norms of Israeli culture and the world at large through conceptions of time and memory – concepts that take on great importance in cultures in which loss is a substantial part of daily life. more
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