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Photographic and Imaging Technology (formerly Imaging and Photographic Technology) BS

Semester Requirements

Christye Sisson, Program Chair
(585) 475-4228, cpspph@rit.edu

http://photography.rit.edu

Program overview

The photographic and imaging technologies major combines photography, visual communications, and science. The program prepares students for careers in various institutions such as forensic labs, pharmaceutical companies, and military bases, or in ophthalmic photography, the only form of diagnostic photography. Because of the unique blend of courses, recent graduates have been very successful in finding positions not only in biomedical imaging but also in the electronic imaging field as technical service representatives, multimedia producers, and Web publishers.

Options

The program offers two options for students to choose from: biomedical photographic communications or imaging and photographic technology.

The biomedical photographic communications option prepares you for a photographic career in forensics, research, hospitals, and other biological settings such as ophthalmic (eye) clinics and veterinary centers as well as in other life science situations. Your foundation courses provide practical experience with traditional and digital photographic equipment and processes—as well as video. Medical and biological subject matter is included. In upper-level courses, you’ll explore the use of computers in electronic imaging, desktop publishing, graphics, and multimedia. You’ll spend at least three months in cooperative education, gaining paid, professional work experience in a medical or research setting within the United States. The option also provides the educational background for the registered biomedical photographer (RBP) certification after you enter the profession. Your course work also can be tailored to assist you in preparing for the certified retinal angiographer (CRA) exam.

The imaging and photographic technology option prepares you for careers in a technical, industrial, or scientific environment. The curriculum combines a foundation in traditional photographic materials and processes with specialized studies in areas as diverse as photo instrumentation, optics, color measurement, high-speed/time-lapse photography, and video production. Computing, programming, electronic imaging, and multimedia are emphasized starting in your first year. Technical courses provide you with hands-on exposure to state-of-the-art tools and techniques. You also may choose a variety of technical and photographic electives such as holography, scanning electron microscopy, architectural photography, nature photography, and more. Six months of cooperative education are required.

Curriculum

Photographic and imaging technologies (biomedical photographic communications option), BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
PHPS-101 Photography I 4
PHPS-106 Photographic Technology I 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Perspective 7A, 7B 6
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
PHPS-102 Photography II 4
PHPS-107 Photographic Technology II 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
PHPS -201 Scientific Photography I 3
PHPS -206 Careers and Professional Practices 3
PHPS -211 Advanced Principles of Photographic Technology 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4, 5, 6 12
PHPS-202 Scientific Photography II 3
PHPS-207 Vision, Perception and Imaging 3
PHPS-212 Fundamentals of Layout and Design 3
PHPS-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
PHBM-316 Digital Media I 3
PHBM-317 Digital Media II 3
Choose one of the following specialization sequences: 6
   PHBM-311, 312    Magnified Imaging Systems, I, II  
   PHBM-321, 322    Ophthalmic Photography I, II  
   PHBM-326, 327    Publications and BPC Bulletin I, II  
  LAS Electives 9
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  Business Elective‡ 3
Fourth Year
  LAS Immersion 3 (WI) 3
  LAS Electives 12
  Free Electives 6
  Photo Electives§ 6
PHPS-402 Photographic and Imaging Technologies Capstone (WI) 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 124

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

‡ Business elective can be any course in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business.

§ Photo electives might include Surgical Photography (PHPS-307), Historic Processes (PHPS-306), Scanning Electron Microscopy (PHPS-316), Forensic Photography (PHPS-302), Panoramic Photography (PHPS-311), Web Publishing (PHPS-315), Nature and Natural Science Photography (PHPS-303), Underwater Digital Photography (PHPS-321), Advanced Underwater Digital Photography (PHPS-322) amongst others.

Photographic and imaging technology (imaging and photographic technologies option), BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
PHPS-101 Photography I 4
PHPS-106 Photographic Technology I 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year seminar 3
  LAS Perspective 7A, 7B 6
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
PHPS-102 Photography II 4
PHPS-107 Photographic Technology II 3
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
PHPS -201 Scientific Photography I 3
PHPS -206 Careers and Professional Practices 3
PHPS -211 Advanced Principles of Photographic Technology 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4, 5, 6 12
PHPS-202 Scientific Photography II 3
PHPS-207 Vision, Perception and Imaging 3
PHPS-212 Fundamentals of Layout and Design 3
PHPS-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
IMPT-306 Applied Color Theory 3
IMPT-302 Color Measurement 3
Choose one of the following specialization sequences 6
   IMPT-306, 302    Imaging Systems Technology/Color Management Technology  
   IMPT-321, 322    Programming for Imaging and Photo Technology/Digital Image Processing  
   IMPT-312, 307    High Speed Imaging/Non-conventional Imaging  
  LAS Electives 9
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  Business Elective† 3
Fourth Year
  LAS Immersion 3 (WI) 3
  LAS Electives 12
  Free Electives 6
  Photo Electives‡ 6
PHPS-402 Photographic and Imaging Technologies Capstone (WI) 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 124

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† Business elective can be any course in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business.

‡ Surgical Photography (PHPS-307), Historic Processes (PHPS-306), Scanning Electron Microscopy (PHPS-316), Forensic Photography (PHPS-302), Panoramic Photography (PHPS-311), Web Publishing (PHPS-315), Nature and Natural Science Photography (PHPS-303), Underwater Digital Photography (PHPS-321), Advanced Underwater Digital Photography (PHPS-322).

Cooperative education

One cooperative education placement is required before graduation. Co-ops are full- or part-time positions and offer an opportunity for students to gain experience in their field. They are generally completed between the second and third academic years. The Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services will assist students in identifying co-op placements and opportunities. Some recent venues included Harvard, Mayo Clinic, Smithsonian, Gerogetown, Case Western Reserve University, Carl Zeiss Microscopy and Nikon Scientific Instruments.

Additional information

Career opportunities

An employment survey conducted by the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences indicates the need for graduates with ithese skills will exist well into the future. Recent graduates are employed as ophthalmic photographers, forensic photographers, surgical photographers,  photomicrographers, medical photographer,  latent finger print examiner, core imaging facility manager, technical support engineer, imaging specialist, ortho correction specialist  public relations photographer, physician or ophthalmologist, research associate, dermatology photographer, research photographer, and entrepreneurs.

The Biomedical Technical Photography Student Association promotes professional and social interaction among students and professionals from the imaging and photographic technology industry. The association regularly invites alumni in professional imaging fields to present lectures and demonstrations.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

The imaging and photographic technology curriculum blends experiences in contemporary digital photography with a diverse and specialized education exploring technical, professional, or scientific imaging applications that lead to careers as professional photographers or positions that use related imaging technologies. Imaging and technical skills are complemented by courses in mathematics, computing, physics, technical writing, and the liberal arts.

Various aspects of photography are investigated across all four years of the program, with explorations in black-and-white photography; color photography; and specialized areas such as high-speed, architectural, and nature photography. Some required courses include Photographic Sensitometry (2076-301); Photographic Chemistry (2076-302); Photographic Optics (2076-303); Digital Image Processing I (2076-481); and courses in color theory, color measurement, and imaging systems. Beginning in the first year, electronic imaging and computing are emphasized in all courses.

Third- and fourth-year students can develop expertise in professional or technical fields by selecting electives or minors from across the university. Within the department electives are available in holography, photonics, scanning electron microscopy, photo instrumentation, technical photography, imaging chemistry, still photography, graphic arts, optics, imaging systems, business, science, and engineering. Opportunities for independent study also are available. While each student’s core program is similar, graduates’ academic backgrounds often vary with their choice of concentration electives.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Imaging and photographic technology, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
2076-xxx, xxx, xxx Photography I, II, III 15
2076-211, 212, 213 Materials and Processes of Photography 9
1016-230 Precalculus 4
1016-231 Calculus for Engineering Technology I‡ 4
1016-319 Data Analysis 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
1720-050, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
2076-301 Photographic Sensitometry 4
2076-302 Technical Photographic Chemistry 4
2076-303 Photographic Optics 4
2076-5xx IDL Programming for Photography 4
1051-350 Vision and Psychophysics 4
2076-313 Color Measurement 4
1017-211, 212, 213 College Physics I, II, III§ 9
1017-271, 272, 273 College Physics I, II, III Lab§ 3
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
2076-412 Color Management for Photographers 4
2076-491 Digital Imaging Processing 4
2076-411 Imaging Systems 4

0502-444

Technical Writing

4
Choose one of the following: 4
   2061-354    Photomacrography  
   2061-463    Photo and the Microscope  
   2076-471    Nature Photography  
   2076-478    Architectural Photography  
   2076-572    Scanning Electron Microscopy  
  General Education Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Open Electives 12
  Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
2076-501 Introduction to Research 3
2076-503 Survey of Nonconventional Imaging 3
2076-511 High-Speed/Time Lapse 3
  General Education Electives 24
  Open Electives 12
Total Quarter Credit Hours 190

*Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

†Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡Calculus I and II may be substituted for College Algebra and Trigonometry, Calculus for Engineering Technology I, and/or Data Analysis.

§University Physics I, II, and III and the related labs can be substituted for College Physics.

Notes: Minors or concentrations in general education can be selected only from such offerings by the College of Science or the College of Liberal Arts. Minors offered by other colleges can be applied to open electives.

Program modification
Effective fall 2013, the BS program in imaging and photographic technology will become an option in the photographic and imaging technologies program. This change will not affect currently matriculated students.

Photographic and imaging technology (imaging and photographic technologies option), BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
PHPS-101 Photography I 4
PHPS-106 Photographic Technology I 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year seminar 3
  LAS Perspective 7A, 7B 6
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
PHPS-102 Photography II 4
PHPS-107 Photographic Technology II 3
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
PHPS -201 Scientific Photography I 3
PHPS -206 Careers and Professional Practices 3
PHPS -211 Advanced Principles of Photographic Technology 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4, 5, 6 12
PHPS-202 Scientific Photography II 3
PHPS-207 Vision, Perception and Imaging 3
PHPS-212 Fundamentals of Layout and Design 3
PHPS-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
IMPT-306 Applied Color Theory 3
IMPT-302 Color Measurement 3
Choose one of the following specialization sequences 6
   IMPT-306, 302    Imaging Systems Technology/Color Management Technology  
   IMPT-321, 322    Programming for Imaging and Photo Technology/Digital Image Processing  
   IMPT-312, 307    High Speed Imaging/Non-conventional Imaging  
  LAS Electives 9
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  Business Elective† 3
Fourth Year
  LAS Immersion 3 (WI) 3
  LAS Electives 12
  Free Electives 6
  Photo Electives‡ 6
PHPS-402 Photographic and Imaging Technologies Capstone (WI) 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 124

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† Business elective can be any course in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business.

‡ Surgical Photography (PHPS-307), Historic Processes (PHPS-306), Scanning Electron Microscopy (PHPS-316), Forensic Photography (PHPS-302), Panoramic Photography (PHPS-311), Web Publishing (PHPS-315), Nature and Natural Science Photography (PHPS-303), Underwater Digital Photography (PHPS-321), Advanced Underwater Digital Photography (PHPS-322).

Cooperative education

At least two cooperative education placements, each normally 10 weeks in length, are required before graduation. Co-ops are full- or part-time positions and offer an opportunity for students to gain experience in their field. They are generally completed between the second and third academic years. The Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services can assist students in identifying co-op placements and opportunities.

Additional information

Career opportunities

An employment survey conducted by the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences indicates the need for graduates with imaging and photographic technology backgrounds will exist well into the future. Recent graduates are employed as applications engineers; imaging/photographic technologists; technical sales representatives; technical illustrators; high-speed photographers; corporate, industrial, advertising, and commercial photographers; and research associates in the private, government, and entrepreneurial sectors.

The Technical Photography Student Association promotes professional and social interaction among students and professionals from the imaging and photographic technology industry. The association regularly invites alumni in professional imaging fields to present lectures and demonstrations.