• Photography (Minor)

  • Overview

    The Photography minor is offered through Parsons School of Design.

    In this minor, students are introduced to a broad range of photographic processes, technologies, and conceptual practices while working within the rich intersections between photography, film, video, design, visual art, and sound. After acquiring analog and digital core skills, students are encouraged to pursue a specific concentration, gaining deeper knowledge in specific areas of interest (including social engagement, fashion culture, creative industry, and contemporary art).

    The Photography minor requires successful completion of 18 credits across six subject areas, as outlined in the chart below.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


    Subject AreaSample CoursesCredits
    Introduction to Main ConceptsPSAM 1050 Intro to Photography*
    PSAM 1060 Light and Image
    Photographic Canon and Primary TextsPLVS 2300 History of Photography
    PLFS 2015 Fashion Photography: A History
    Visual and Conceptual Best PracticesPUPH 2013 Photo Topics
    PSAM 2835 Photo Concepts: Fashion
    PSAM 2845 Photo Concepts: Identity
    PSAM 2860 Photo Concepts: Poetics
    Technical PracticesPSAM 2550 Artist's Books: Introduction
    PSAM 2805 Photo Processes: Darkroom
    PSAM 3035 Book Design
    PSAM 3806 Location and Environment Lighting
    PSAM 3810 Advanced Photo Processes: Studio Light
    PSAM 3846 Advanced Photo Concepts: Portraiture and Context
    PSAM 3550 Artist's Books
    PUFY 1216 Analog Photography
    PUFY 1215 Alternative Photo Processes
    Critical Use of ImagesPSAM 3843 Performance and Photography
    PSAM 3850 Race and Representation
    PSAM 3856 Photography and Cinema
    PSAM 4805 Contemporary Photo Book
    PSAM 4820 Documentary Practices
    PSAM 4830 Landscape and Space
    PSAM 4855 Queer Visuality
    PSAM 3815 Advanced Photo Concepts: Fashion Projects
    PSAM 2070 Editorial Concepts
    PUFY 1214 Photography Concepts

    *PSAM 1050 is required for all students intending to complete this minor and should be taken before other minor coursework.

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • Strength in photographic technical practices connected with film, digital media, and visual art
    • Strength in the visual, technical, conceptual and professional vocabulary used in the photographic area of interest
    • Competence in integrating commercial and visual art and critical practices as adaptable knowledge creatively and professionally, demonstrating a breadth of knowledge, technical ability, and cultural awareness
    • Competence in using images in a socially and politically expedient manner and ability to conduct critical analysis of image culture as it relates to social responsibility
    • An understanding of photographic tools in making visual work within a larger context of visual culture and technology, possibly including activism, image culture, and anthropology
    • An understanding of the photographic canon(s) and primary texts


    The Photography minor is available to all undergraduate students at The New School.

    For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Sarah Palmer, assistant professor, at [email protected].

    How to Declare or Change a Minor

    General guidelines for declaring a minor are available here. Current students can declare or change a minor by logging in to my.newschool.edu, clicking on the Academics tab, and then clicking on the link to Major/Minor Declarations.

  • Take the Next Step

    Contact your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit with your degree requirements.

    Declare or change a minor on my.newschool.edu in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

  • Take The Next Step

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