Global View of Photography course at Sessions College

Global View of Photography

3 credits

PHO 422: Global View of Photography

Gain the ability to create work that adresses international and local perspectives

Contemporary photographers must be prepared to produce work that appeals to a global audience. You will research photographers and creative image makers who produce international work. Based upon your findings, you will develop and produce a multi-faceted photographic campaign focused on gaining the attention of an international audience. By considering cultural differences, you will develop the cultural sensitivity required to be a global creative and the skills to effectively research compelling and contemporary imagery for domestic and international audiences.

The world is your oyster

Course At A Glance

Course Features

  • 100% online
  • Project-based
  • Instructor-led
  • Credit-bearing: 3 Credits
  • Classes start January, April, and August


The course is taught by the following instructor(s):

Course developed by: Jill Mott

Take this course as a standalone or as part of the following program(s):

Course Projects

    1. Revealing, Representation, and Revolution

      We will reflect on the work of individual photographers and the impact of their work on politics, the economy, and social awareness. We will explore how a single image can come to represent an entire culture, continent or country.

    2. Etiquette, Culture, Celebrations

      We will begin to discuss the importance of ethics and cultural sensitivity while photographing. We address how to be considerate while creating images and producing content.

    3. Connections, Expression, and Symbols

      We will explore how individual photographers connect with specific cultural audiences using myth and symbolism, and by addressing expectations about gender, body type, and color.

    4. Awareness, Campaigns, Changes

      We will explore and research individual photographers and visual campaigns that create change and awareness through the publication and dissemination of images.

Sample Student Work

For sample work, visit student gallery

Course Outcomes

What Are The Course Projects?

Students will undertake three multi-faceted photography projects that afford the opportunity for feedback and iteration. Students will combine the ideas of painting and portrait photography to create a portrait (or portraits) that represent a specific culture and visual reference; pick one (1) of the following topics (food, fashion, OR music) and create a photo series for a specific culture or subculture; and create a photomontage or photo illustration to promote social change and awareness, using culturally specific symbols, beliefs, or values.

What Software or Supplies Do I Need?
  • A computer with Internet connection (56 Kbps modem or faster).
  • Access to a standalone digital camera with manual control over ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, and White Balance, that allows for shooting in RAW format.
  • Adobe Lightroom Classic or equivalent program.
  • Basic experience in the software package needed for this course.
What Will I Learn?

Students in this course can expect to learn to:

  • Explore and research international photographers and creative image makers, cultural differences, visually communicating with global and diverse audiences, and the work of exceptional photographers from different continents and cultural background.
  • Develop cultural sensitivity that is demonstrated through creative and written work.
  • Examine, gather, analyze, synthesize, and professionally present research in alignment with the course content, assignment criteria, and presentation guidelines.
  • Actively participate in class discussions/meetings, constructively assess the work of your peers, and enhance your creative work based upon feedback.
  • Demonstrate effective and efficient use of your digital camera and create photographs with careful consideration of lighting, color, exposure, composition, art/design principles, and point of view in alignment with the course content and assignment criteria.
  • Effectively conceptualize and post-process (cull, edit/enhance, and retouch), manage files, explore multiple image making techniques, and produce compelling, innovative, and professional portfolio ready images.
  • Plan, stage, and execute photo shoots by adapting for a variety of settings and lighting situations (studio and on-location), in fulfillment of project goals. Reshoot when necessary or recommended.
  • Apply and demonstrate technically proficient retouching, careful consideration of contrast, cropping, exposure, and color correction techniques to improve or enhance photographic images to a professional level utilizing appropriate software such as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

Getting Started

Course Registration

  • Classes start January, April, and August
  • 3 Credit Course
  • Project-Based: Exercises, Discussions, and Critiques

Course Tuition and Fees
Registration Fee* $200
Total Course Price $1730

Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for course content.

Course Registration Form

To register for this course, use the form below to enter your information and desired start date. An Admissions Advisor will contact you to arrange payment and provide you with an Enrollment Agreement.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What Are The Courses Like?

Our courses are project-based. In each course you’ll enjoy a series of lectures, projects, discussions, and critiques designed to stretch your creative skills, earning college credit for your completed course.

How Much Time Do I Need?

Classes start January, April, and August, and this course can be completed in a 15-week term. College credit from this course can be applied to a range of degree and certificate level programs at Sessions College.

Who Are The Instructors?

Our courses are developed and taught by our faculty of professional artists, designers, and photographers. This means that you’ll learn in-demand skills, get feedback on your work, and build a portfolio of creative work.

Is Sessions College accredited?

Yes. Since 2001, Sessions College has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).