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  • MPS 106 - Photography Production
    This course introduces students in Photography Studies to the fundamentals of photographic and lens-based imaging. The emphasis of the course is on applied skills and understanding basic principles of lens-based image making. Short, topic-orientated production assignments explore photography as an art and documentary form and lead to a basic understanding of image making with cameras. The course includes lecture, studio, laboratory and critique sessions.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Co-Requisites: MPS 107
  • MPS 107 - Photography and Digital Imaging
    This course introduces students to photographic technologies and concepts related to a print-based digital environment. Students will acquire skills related to camera systems, image processing and printing while gaining a basic understanding of the concepts of lens-based image making. Emphasis is placed on learning core principles of photographic technology and fundamental visual skills for photographers. By the end of the course students will have acquired a working knowledge of basic tools, applications and creative techniques.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Co-Requisites: MPS 106
  • MPS 206 - Photography Production
    This course advances the development of core photographic concepts and skills including an overview of camera systems, image capture/processing techniques and print production. More advanced systems of control are introduced and students are required to master basic skills related to photographic production. Through a series of studio-based assignments, students explore the nature of meaning in photographic images and how context creates meaning. The course includes lecture, studio, laboratory and critique sessions.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: MPS 106
    Co-Requisites: MPS 207
  • MPS 207 - Photography and the Screen
    This course introduces students to the tools, applications and creative methods used in making and interpreting of photographic images in a screen-based environment using digital applications and sound. The emphasis is on cross-disciplinary instruction in an inter-media working environment. Students will initially explore methods of photographic imaging relative to other media; this exploration is continued in the context of understanding time-based and moving-image systems, digital imaging, electronic sound and image formation, and recording and sequencing.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: MPS 107
    Co-Requisites: MPS 206
  • MPS 301 - History of Photography I
    This course provides a chronological overview of developments in analogue photography from 1839 through the 1970s. The course treats photography broadly as a cultural activity with emphasis on its historical, documentary, and social value as well as its own aesthetic developments during this period. Attention is given to the relationship of photography to other media and to the development of photographic theory.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: MPC 203
  • MPS 306 - The Idea of Photography
    This course focuses on selected 20th and 21st century ideas that have made important contributions to modern, post-modern, and post-photographic understandings of culture. The course critically examines theories of image making from historical and contemporary perspectives. Interpretation and analysis of photographic imagery and language are carried out in relation to a range of critical, cultural, aesthetic, social, and technological contexts.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: MPC 201
  • MPS 307 - The Photographic Print
    This course introduces students to the applied theory and technology involved in photographic print-making. Students are exposed to the full range of photographic media ranging from contemporary digital technologies to handmade light-sensitive papers. Through a series of lectures and demonstrations, students learn the core principles of photographic print-making and are encouraged to explore these media as an expressive art form through a series of hands-on assignments.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: MPS 207
    Co-Requisites: MPS 308
  • MPS 308 - Photography Production
    This course continues the practical skill and concept development at a more advanced level. Students are encouraged to develop self-reliance, risk-taking and initiative through the production of directed and self-directed projects. Both traditional and experimental image-making techniques are explored as students are exposed to a broad range of photographic equipment, materials and processes. The course includes lecture, studio, laboratory and critique sessions.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: MPS 206
    Co-Requisites: MPS 307
  • MPS 401 - History of Photography II
    This course provides a chronological overview of developments in analogue and digital photography from the 1970s to the present. The course treats photography broadly as a cultural activity with emphasis on its historical, documentary, and social value as well as its own aesthetic developments during this period. Attention is given to the relationship of photography to other media and to the development of photographic theory.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: MPS 301
  • MPS 406 - The Visual Culture of Photography
    This course focuses on selected 20th and 21st century ideas that have influenced the production, dissemination and interpretation of photography's multiple roles in society. The course engages in a critical examination of theories of image making from historical and contemporary perspectives and considers photography in relation to other media including film, video, painting, sculpture, and the digital world. Topics and readings include aesthetics, photography in popular culture, vernacular forms, and the photographic archive.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: MPS 306
  • MPS 407 - The Photographic Studio
    This course is a practical investigation into the characteristics, qualities and descriptive aspects of controlled lighting, both continuous and electronic flash, in a studio environment. The course also evaluates the importance of controlled lighting and how to effectively and accurately employ it with both digital and analog camera systems in various photographic formats. Students will begin to acquire the skill sets needed to handle a variety of lighting situations in a creative manner.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: MPS 307
    Co-Requisites: MPS 408
  • MPS 408 - Photography Production
    This course continues the practical skill and concept development with the objective of mastering intermediate critical and technological skills related to lens-based image making. Students begin long-term, self-initiated projects and are required to develop a more in-depth critical understanding of their work in relation to historical and contemporary photography. Students will continue developing skills related to lens-based media production as well as the presentation of final projects. The course includes lecture, studio, laboratory and critique sessions.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: MPS 308
    Co-Requisites: MPS 407
  • MPS 42A/B - Senior Project

    The fourth year photographic course will focus on an extended self-directed senior project that will synthesize the theories and practices learned in previous years. The student will work in regular consultation with an advisor through the research and development stage to the making of his/her final conceptual and visual production of images. The critique and public display of the senior project is an integral and mandatory part of the process.

    Weekly Contact: Lab: 6 hrs./6 hrs.
    GPA weight: 3.00
    Billing Units: 2/2
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: MPS 606 and MPS 607
  • MPS 506 - Photography Production
    This photographic course is concerned with an in-depth refinement of the skill and concept development level explored in the second year. Emphasis is placed on assigned and self-directed extended projects that examine critical and aesthetic issues related to both commercial and fine art photographic practices. Theoretical, technological and practical principles of photographic production are addressed in lecture and critique sessions.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: MPS 408
    Co-Requisites: MPS 507
  • MPS 507 - The Photographic Book
    This course deals with the fundamentals of design expression and interpretation within the framework of the photographic book. In addition to developing a long-term book project, students undertake applied exercises related to the elements and principles of composition and design. Completed projects are critiqued in the contexts of traditional and contemporary design issues. The course's main setting is the studio, where a variety of materials and approaches are explored.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: MPS 407
    Co-Requisites: MPS 506
  • MPS 606 - Photography Production
    This photographic course continues the investigation of conceptual and theoretical approaches to the medium while students extend their critical understanding of contemporary image making. Students are pushed to further develop their ability to manipulate and control technological systems related to media production as well as methods of presentation for their final work. Hybrid forms are explored in relation to lens-based imaging and students are encouraged to explore new and experimental forms of photographic practices.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: MPS 506
    Co-Requisites: MPS 607
  • MPS 607 - The Expanded Image
    This course is an introduction to hybrid forms employed in digital imaging. It emphasizes creative production combining still or moving images with audio, basic programming, and digital modes of presentation. Lectures and workshops allow students to acquire production skills necessary for creating web content, site-specific installations and gallery exhibitions. A variety of presentation modes are introduced including projection, digital displays, real-time processing, and digital streaming.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: MPS 507
    Co-Requisites: MPS 606
  • MPS 701 - Topics in Photography
    This course will investigate thematic topics in contemporary photography. The course topics will address emerging trends in photography as well as issues related to exhibitions and research projects associated with the Ryerson Image Centre. Course readings, small group seminars and directed visual research projects will be used to contextualize issues in contemporary photography and to inform the production of student thesis projects.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (MPS 401 and MPS 406) or MPI 602
  • MPS 801 - Contemporary Issues in Photography
    The goal of this course is to introduce students to professional practices related to the field of creative production with an emphasis on disseminating and presenting their work in a public context. Students will acquire an understanding of writing, curation and presentation skills required in the fields of visual arts and media production. Students will also gain an overview of career opportunities in the cultural sector and creative industries.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: MPS 701