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Christye Sisson

School Director

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

585-475-7197
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Christye Sisson

School Director

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

Education

BS, MS, Rochester Institute of Technology

585-475-7197

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Invited Article/Publication
Sisson, Christye. "I Create Manipulated Images and Videos – But Quality May Not Matter Much." The Conversation. (2019). Web.
Published Conference Proceedings
Sisson, Christye. "Color Consistency in Fundus Photography: Development of an Imaging Standard." Proceedings of the Ophthalmic Photographer’s Society Annual Educational Meeting, October 2019. Ed. Ophthalmic Photographer's Society. San Francisco, CA: n.p., Web.
Katuwal, Gajendra, et al. "Automated Fundus Image Field Detection and Quality Assessment." Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Western New York Image Processing Workshop. Ed. Nathan Cahill. Rochester, NY: n.p., 2013. Web.
Full Length Book
Sisson, Christye. Ophthalmic Imaging: Posterior Segment Imaging, Anterior Eye Photography, and Slit Lamp Biomicrography. 1st ed. New York, NY: Focal Press, 2017. Print.
Journal Editor
Sisson, Christye P., ed. Journal of Ophthalmic Photography. Nixa, Missouri: n.p., 2015. Print.
Full Patent
Katuwal, Gajendra, et al. "Automated Fundus Image Field Detection and Image Quality Assesment." U.S. Patent US 2015/0104087 A1. 22 Mar. 2018.
Provisional Patent
Sisson, Christye, et al. "Automated Fundus Image Field Detection and Quality Assessment." Patent 14/511936. 10 Oct. 2014.
Katuwal, Gajendra, et al. "Automated Fundus Image Field Detection and Quality Assessment." US Provisional Patent Application 61/889,282. 10 Oct. 2013.
Journal Paper
Sisson, Christye, et al. "Analysis of Color Consistency in Retinal Fundus Photography: Application of Color Management and Development of an Eye Model Standard." Analytical Cellular Pathology 2014. (2014): 2. Web.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Sisson, Christye. "Color Variability Analysis in Fundus Photography." Summit on Color in Medical Imaging. International Color Consortium/Federal Food and Drug Administration. Silver Spring, MD. 8 May 2013. Conference Presentation.
Sisson, Christye. "Photographs as Scientific Data: A Case Study for Dermatological Imaging." BioCommunications Association Annual Educational Conference. BioCommunications Association. Bar Harbor, ME. 20 Jun. 2012. Conference Presentation.

Currently Teaching

PHAR-160
3 Credits
An introduction to digital photography – technical, aesthetic, conceptual – for non-photography majors. Through weekly assignments, students will become familiar with the operation of a DSLR camera body/lens, while exploring the basic principles of lighting, depth of field, design, blur/stop motion, accurate exposure, and image manipulation. Lectures will address photographic aesthetics, contemporary and historical practices, and professional applications. Students will learn to critique work through participation in discussions of photographic assignments. Students are required to have their own DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera. Non-photo majors only. **A materials fee is required for this course and an additional facilities fee for non-SPAS students**
PHAR-498
1 - 3 Credits
The Photography Internship will provide students with the option to work in the photographic or visual communications field. Students may apply for internships to businesses based on the availability of positions and business job needs. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Internship Permission Form to enroll.
PHAR-599
1 - 3 Credits
Photography Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, will propose a course of study. Photography Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll.
PHGR-698
1 - 3 Credits
The Photography Internship will provide students with the option to work in the photographic field. Students may apply for internships to businesses based on the availability of positions and business needs. Students must obtain permission of an instructor.
PHGR-887
0 Credits
Cooperative Education will provide photography students with hands-on experience in their field, directly related to a student’s major with an established studio or related business. Students will need to apply for co-ops, and interview as part of the selection process, based on available positions posted by the Co-op and Career Services Office, or found through the students’ own research. In programs where co-op is a degree requirement, students must obtain permission of their program or graduate director prior to enrollment. Co-ops are typically paid work experience, and can be part-time (150-479 total hours within the term), or full-time (480+ hours within the term). Co-ops may be one or two consecutive terms - fall, spring, or summer – with department permission.
PHPS-403
3 Credits
Students will execute a major project proposed in the first course of the sequence: PS Capstone I. Projects may address subjects related to the photographic sciences or other relevant topics. Students will provide a progress report to the course coordinator at set intervals. Class will meet weekly to provide discussion and feedback on individual projects.
PHPS-498
1 - 3 Credits
The photography internship will provide students with the option to work in the photographic or visual communications field. Students may apply for internships to businesses based on the availability of positions and business job needs. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Internship Permission Form to enroll. **Note: No more than 6 credits of internships can be applied towards their degree**
PHPS-546
3 Credits
This is the first of a two-course series designed to investigate proper patient management and camera/photographic techniques required in contemporary ophthalmic photography and imaging. Diagnostic evaluation of ocular anatomy and physiology utilizing special cameras/equipment is examined and practiced. In addition to retinal fundus photography, students will demonstrate diagnostic medical imaging techniques such as fluorescein angiography, fundus autofluorescence, optical coherence tomography and scanning laser ophthalmoscopy. Retinal disease processes and recognition will also be combined with a working knowledge of ocular anatomy and physiology. The completion of this course and Ophthalmic Imaging II provide one year of residency credit toward the Ophthalmic Photographer’s Society’s professional certifications (Certified Retinal Angiographer and Optical Coherence Tomographer). ** Fee: A fee for an ocular exam is required**.
PHPS-599
1 - 3 Credits
Photography independent study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser will propose a course of study. Photography Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. **Note: Students can only earn up to 6 credits of independent study towards completion of their degree**
PHVM-368
3 Credits
This course will challenge students to create novel visual media experiences using existing and emerging photographic and media technologies. Students may develop their work in partnership with individuals and organizations with interesting stories to tell or content to share with the public. Students will be taught how to make formal proposals for projects including workflows, timelines, and budgets. Students may work individually or in teams, depending on the scope and nature of their project. Final projects will be showcased at the end of the term.
PHVM-401
3 Credits
This course is the second required for all 4th year students in visual media and is the last required course in the curriculum. Students will be finalize their career preparation in anticipation of entry into the industry of choice. This course will require a major media project, allowing students to create a package/portfolio that represents their photographic, design, printing and management skills.

In the News

  • March 25, 2022

    four people cutting a ceremonial ribbon.

    College of Art and Design celebrates alumnus Chance Wright’s transformational gift

    RIT’s College of Art and Design hosted a dedication ceremony on Friday marking the recent completion of a “transformational” renovation of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and honoring the alumnus whose gift made it possible. The event honored Chance Wright ’18, ’19 and his mother, Pamela Mars Wright, whose $3.5 million gift fueled the renovation and reconfiguration of the third floor of Gannett Hall.

  • January 31, 2022

    students waiting at a half-wall to borrow photo equipment.

    Updates meet growing photo demands

    The extensive renovation of RIT’s College of Art and Design—with keen focuses on key areas within the internationally recognized School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) and School of Film and Animation—made significant strides in 2021.

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