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William Snyder

Professor

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design
Undergraduate Program Director, Advertising Photography

William Snyder

Professor

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design
Undergraduate Program Director, Advertising Photography

Education

BS, Rochester Institute of Technology


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Full Length Book
Snyder, William and Eddie Vedder. Join Together (With The Band). First ed. Chicago, IL: Press Syndicate Group, 2018. Print.

Currently Teaching

IDEA-301
3 Credits
This course is designed to help students develop and refine project ideas and write a successful project proposal. Students will develop ideation techniques and research skills necessary to create a written proposal that describes, in detail, their intention and process. Students will learn how to develop the infrastructure necessary to successfully see their idea through to completion.
PHAP-403
3 Credits
This course is required for advertising photography students who are approaching graduation and are preparing to present themselves to potential employers. Students will narrow their field of interests to focus their work for an end-of-study portfolio. Existing and new work will be edited, sequenced and prepared to form a professional quality portfolio, promotional materials, a resume/cover letter, a market research paper and a business plan.
PHAR-101
4 Credits
This course will provide an immersive introduction to the field of the photographic arts. It will emphasize both craft and visual problem solving. The course will explore: seeing and appreciating the quality of light, image capture, photographic vision, historical and contemporary genres of photography, best practices and workflow as well as an introduction to the critique forum and its practices.
PHAR-102
4 Credits
This course will reinforce and build upon the skills learned in the first semester of Photographic Arts I. It will emphasize aesthetics, craft, visual problem solving and critical thinking skills - the foundations of the Photographic Arts curriculum. In this semester, the studio will be introduced as a space that can be used to create and control light. This course's curriculum will continue to emphasize both craft and visual problem solving required in high-level photographic imaging.
PHAR-203
3 Credits
This course will serve as an introduction to visual story telling as it relates to professional photojournalism. It will provide relevant practice in basic technical, compositional, and interpersonal skills necessary in all aspects of modern photography. Students will be exposed to photojournalism - documentary, editorial, narrative, and editing - as well as explorations of current career possibilities. Lectures, critiques, demonstrations, and assignments will provide participants the opportunity to explore the still, audio, and multimedia strategies used for storytelling. In this course students are expected to meet real-world project deadlines and participate in class discussions and critiques.
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.
PHPJ-302
3 Credits
This course will explore the use of the photographic image in narrative, documentary and editorial form. There will be an emphasis on publication, public need and independent projects. Lectures, critiques, demonstrations and assignments will provide participants the opportunity to explore the still, audio, video, and multimedia aspects of story telling. Students will be expected to meet project deadlines and participate in both class discussions and critiques.
PHPJ-306
3 Credits
This course focuses on image selection, usage and design. Using images from a variety of sources, we discuss picture selection relative to context and desired impact in print and online. Effective use of images for a variety of story applications are discussed. Design techniques that maximize impact and storytelling are investigated, including scaling, proportion, sequencing, visual variety and sizing. Students will design a number of assignments from single pages to multi-page essays of varying length. Students will design a number of single pages to multi-page essays for various publishing and storytelling platforms that include print, online, and mobile delivery.
PHPJ-307
3 Credits
This course will introduce students to the principles and theories of ethics and their application to editorial photography and photojournalism for mass communications. It will establish a basic understanding of philosophical ethics, social responsibility, and professional practices within protections and responsibilities of the First Amendment. The course will also review the legal issues relating to photographic practices and access to subjects. The course will examine a wide range of case examples used in classroom discussion and analysis to build a foundation for professional practice.
PHPJ-350
3 Credits
Photography (and photographic education) is in a perpetual state of flux due to constant changes in practices and technology. Topics in photojournalism will provide students with the opportunity to explore this shifting terrain of photography and imaging using contemporary problems. The content taught in this course will change frequently and the course may be repeated for credit, however each particular topic may have limits on repeatability.
PHPJ-351
3 Credits
Photography (and photographic education) is in a perpetual state of flux due to constant changes in practices and technology. Studio topics in photojournalism will provide students with the opportunity to explore studio applications in this shifting terrain of photography and imaging when applied to contemporary situations resident in this dynamic industry. The content taught in this course will change frequently and the course may be repeated for credit, however each particular topic may have limits on repeatability.
PHPJ-402
3 Credits
This course will focus on the successful completion, refinement and exhibition of the photojournalism capstone project. Students will use advanced storytelling skills in multimedia visual journalism to finalize their projects. Students will work in a team to build and execute an exhibition and website promoting their capstone projects. The class will use the capstone exhibition as a departure point to explore career options, assess individual skills and temperament, and establishes initial and long-term career goals for each student.
PHPJ-466
3 Credits
This course provides photography students the unique opportunity to participate in a one-week intensive workshop that travels to Washington, D.C., the center of the photojournalism business outside of New York City. The purpose of the trip is to provide a broad view of documentary and editorial photography in the industry and give students an idea of the wide variety of potential job markets that exist for documentary/editorial work. Students will meet with a variety of photographers, photo editors, and designers, including RIT alumni, while visiting print and online publications (magazines and newspapers), governmental agencies, photo agencies, photography studios, galleries, and museums. **Fee: A special course fee will be assessed**

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