School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design
BA, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; MFA, Bard College; Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Areas of Expertise
Thorson, Joshua. Oklahoma! Video Projections. 2018. St Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn. Performance.
Thorson, Joshua. Oklahoma! video projections. 2019. Circle in the Square Theater, New York City. Performance.
Thorson, Joshua. Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Projection Design nomination. 2019. Town Hall, New York City. Performance.
Thorson, Joshua, et al. Special Citation Obie Award for Oklahoma!, video projections. 2019. New York, New York City. Performance.
Thorson, Joshua and Nick Hallett. To Music, Act IV, video projections. 23 Oct. 2019. Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn. Performance.
Thorson, Joshua and Nick Hallett. To Music, Act III, video projections. 21 Jun. 2019. Issue Project Room, Brooklyn. Performance.
Thorson, Joshua, Five by Five, and Missy Pfohl Smith. Source of Light. 7 Dec. 2018. Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Thorson, Joshua. In Xanadu. 12 Apr. 2017. Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY. Installation.
Thorson, Joshua. Words and Works. n.d. Malmo University, Malmo, Sweden. Exhibit.
Thorson, Joshua. In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Director. Nigel Maister. 12-21 Oct. 2017. University of Rochester Todd Union Theater, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Thorson, Joshua. To Music (Act II). By Nick Hallett and Joshua Thorson. 15 Dec. 2016. Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY. Performance.
Thorson, Joshua. In Xanadu (part of Words & Works collab with MURIT). 11-22 Oct. 2016. Rochester Design Center, Rochester, NY. Installation.
Thorson, Joshua. To Music. By Nick Hallett and Joshua Thorson. 1 Apr. 2015. Roulette, Brooklyn, NY. Performance.
Thorson, Joshua. Requiem Reimagined. By Sleeping Giant, Daniel Fish, and Joshua Thorson. 21-22 Mar. 2015. Troy Music Hall, Troy, NY. Performance.
Thorson, Joshua. Oklahoma! Director. Daniel Fish. 6/25-7/19 Jun. 2015. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Performance.
Thorson, Joshua. Untitled (Room). 4-5 Dec. 2015. Lyric Opera, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Thorson, Joshua. Urban Renewal. By Kyle deCamp. 16-17 Jan. 2015. Storefront Theater, Chicago, IL. Performance.
Thorson, Joshua. "untitled." Charles Atlas. Ed. Raphael Gygax, et al.. Zurich, Switzerland: JRP Ringier, 2019. 75-77. Print.
Thorson, Joshua. "Aura Satz: Eyelids Leaking Light." Rev. of Eyelids Leaking Light, ed. Francis Morgan. The Wire 1 Apr. 2015: 82. Print.
Thorson, Josh. "Evenings in New York." Connu.co. (2014). Web.
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.
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.
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**
4D Design introduces students to the basic concepts of art and design in time and space. The course explores elements of moving images such as continuity, still and moving image editing, transitions and syntax, sound and image relations, and principles of movement. Computers, video, photo, sound and lighting equipment are used to create short-form time-based work relevant to students in all majors and programs required to take this course. The course addresses the both historical conventions of time in art and recent technological advances, which are redefining the fields of Fine Art and Design. In focusing on the relations between students' spacing and timing skills, 4D Design extends and supplements the other Foundation courses, and prepares students for further work with time-based media.
An introduction to technical, aesthetic, and conceptual topics in black-and-white still photography for non-photography majors. Through weekly assignments, students will become familiar with the operation of a 35mm camera body, lenses, and film processing and printing, while exploring basic principles of lighting, depth of field, principles of design, blur, stop motion, exposure, and tone control. Lectures will address photographic aesthetics, in addition to historical, contemporary and innovative practices. Students will engage in the language of the critique through participation in discussions of photographic shooting assignments. Students are required to provide their own 35mm camera, film and processing, and photo paper. Non-Photo majors only. **Fee: This course has a facilities fee for Non-SPAS students**
1 - 4 Credits
An independent study allows graduate students in the Photography and Related Media program the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined goals and outcomes. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. **NOTE: Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA *
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.
The Continuation of Thesis Imaging Arts course provides students additional semester(s) to complete their thesis research, project, and thesis document.
This course will further develop skills sets explored in the Foundations 4D Design course by introducing students to advanced techniques for shooting, lighting, color correction, audio formats, and multi-channel or multi camera editing, short-form moving media creation. The course will also explore the use of kinetic text, shape layers, and introduce the incorporation of 3D modeling into 2D video projects. Students will consider work by contemporary media creators as they plan and execute their own video projects. Upon completion of the course, students will have a deeper understanding of the skills necessary to create their own professional level video projects.
This critique course is the second in a two semester sequence. Having established a working methodology in Studio Core I, students will continue to experiment and produce a significant body of work through critical engagement with their peers and their own research and experimentation. Successful completion of the course will result in advancement to half-candidacy via a formal review by MFA faculty.
In this course students will integrate writing, research methods, and experimental problem solving skills to further develop studio practices through integrated project based assignments and projects. Students will hone their skills in art practices, critical analysis, strategies for making, and writing about artwork through developing expanded practices within studio experimentation and artistic thinking. Throughout the semester, the students will become familiar with multiple research facilities throughout the University and the region.
This course is the second in a sequence of two courses focusing on the completion of the thesis publication and thesis defense. Supported by the research tools and resources outlined in Research Core I, students will conduct mock defenses and complete all components of the thesis publication. At the conclusion of the course, students will successfully submit their thesis publication to ProQuest.