This intensive class is designed as a platform for intermediate and advanced level students to further develop their photographic production with an emphasis on generating documentary projects focusing on the people, culture, and architecture of Japan. Tokyo will serve as the starting point for students’ investigations in a journey that will take them from the cosmopolitan ward of Shinjuku to the center of youth culture in Shibuya, and from the cutting edge fashion districts of Harajuku to the temples and shrines of Asakusa. As they engage in photographic explorations, students will visit contemporary exhibitions and ancient collections. Course participants will also travel south to Kyoto, the nexus of traditional Japanese culture and history with approximately two thousand temples, shrines, and gardens. Visual stimuli will certainly inspire, as well a function as the backdrop against which to critically discuss the strategies that photographers utilize in communicating their interests.
Students must be enrolled in, or previously taken VART 2185: Photography Two, VART 2196: Large Format Photography, or VART 3500 Documentary Photography: Italy, or have instructor permission. Fordham's short-term programs are open to undergraduates from any discipline currently seeking a degree at a US institution. Applicants must have sophomore standing, a GPA of 3.0 or above, and a clear disciplinary record.
View the books published by student photographers participating in the program from past years.
What suggestions or advice would you give to a prospective study abroad student?
I highly recommend on being familiar with the country's particular culture/ living manners. Japan, for instance, things such as taking off your shoes before you enter a house, don't disturb others in trains/subways/buses (it is amazing how silent it is), not to stick chopsticks in foods because that is what they do in funerals etc.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.