2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 15, 2024  
2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Photography, MS


Bruce Strong, Chair, Multimedia Photography and Design
318 Newhouse 3, 315-443-2304


Mike Davis, Seth Gitner, Ken Harper, Gregory Heisler, Lawrence Mason Jr., Bruce Strong, David C. Sutherland, Sherri Taylor

The graduate program in communications photography is for advanced students who wish further study in a specialized area. The program places strong emphasis on multimedia storytelling principles and technology. To augment the emphasis on visual communication, the program also includes communications research and/or theory for photojournalism and other communications fields, such as advertising and illustration photography.

This 30-33 credit program leads to a Master of Science (M.S.) in Photography.


All students admitted to the program must have backgrounds in communications- style photography. A portfolio is required and should be sent separately to Professor Bruce Strong, Chair, Department of Multimedia Photography and Design, Newhouse School, 215 University Place, Syracuse NY 13244. Images should be presented on a CD/DVD in jpeg or Photoshop format at 10” x 100 dpi.

Program Option A: Thesis

Mass Communications and Society (choose one)

Photo Electives

6 credits from graduate-level photography courses.

General Electives

6 credits of graduate coursework.

Additional Information

Students who elect to write a thesis should have an idea for a topic early in the program. The thesis may be creative, historical, scientific, or statistical in nature.

Program Option B: Special Project

Photo Electives

9 credits from graduate-level photography courses

General Electives

9 credits of graduate coursework

Additional Information

In addition to the above courses, the student must submit a proposal to the faculty for a major photographic project. After approval and successful completion of this project along with the above coursework, the faculty will recommend the candidate to the Graduate School for the master’s degree.

Total: 30-33 credits