Pre-College Psychology & Photography Program

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Psychology of Gender Through the Camera’s Lens

As students begin to explore the development of gender identity, gender stereotypes and sexism in this 21st century, we will merge the course with Digital Art and Photography through the lens of both the camera and modern society culminating with a project relating to gender identity and the world we live in.

This program track is comprised of the following two courses:

  • PS 241 Psychology of Gender (D)
  • AR 130 Introduction to Digital Art & Photography

Upon successful completion students will receive 2 units equivalent to 6 transfer credits at other similar institutions.

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Course Information

  • PS 241: Psychology of Gender (D) 
  • AR 130: Introduction to Digital Art & Photography 
In this specially-designed course we will look at the development of gender identity (including genders outside of the male/female binary), gender stereotypes and sexism as well as sexism reduction. This will be taught via in-class lectures and discussion, as well as self-reflective exercises and observations of gender in the environment. The class will culminate with a final project that relates to the AR 130 Introduction to Digital Photography & Photoshop class. It will be a project involving gender identity and how that relates to you and the world around you. One Unit.  Instructor: Dr. Amanda Arcieri  Required Text: “The Psychology of Sex and Gender,” 1st edition, Jennifer K. Bosson, Joseph A. Vandello, and Camille E. Buckner (publication date: February 27, 2018). Other Required Materials: Notebook    
In this class we will look at the basics of digital photography including but not limited to the properties of light and how to use it. We will pair this with an introduction to composition, focusing on the rule of thirds, frame lines, leading lines and depth of field. This will be taught through in class instruction and practical hands on shooting either on campus or through class trips. There will be photo assignments daily and on the weekends. We will work on the images using Photoshop and will learn all the basics of Photoshop including but not limited to retouching, color management, perspective corrections and more. The class will culminate with a final project that relates to the PS 241 Psychology of Gender class. It will be a project involving gender identity and how that relates to you and the world around you. One Unit.  Instructor: Philip Mauro  Required Class Materials: Digital Camera. A DSLR is preferred be we can make due with high end point and shoot. Use of  iPhone/Android is not permitted for assignments. 


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Application Requirements

  • Must be either a sophomore, junior or senior in Fall of 2019 and provide an official high school transcript
  • 1 Page Essay (Why you want to attend the Wagner College Summer Pre-College Program and what you hope to gain from this experience)
  • Letter of Recommendation from Guidance Counselor attesting to current GPA
  • $50 Application Fee  Upon acceptance application fee will be applied towards tuition

July 7 – July 26, 2019

Residential – $4,599
Commuter – $3,599

Tuition Includes: 

  • Housing in supervised residence halls
  • Meals
  • Entrance and transportation fees for required venues
  • Towels and bedding
  • Credit transcript

Life at Wagner

  • Residence Halls 
  • Dining Halls 
  • Trips 
  • Typical Schedule 
During your time here, you will be living in one of our four dorms equipped with Wi-Fi and amazing views of the surrounding area. Student lounges are located on all residence floors for social gatherings or for just spending time reading or socializing with new friends. Rooms for boys and girls are on separate floors, or in separate parts of the residence.  Learn more about our Residence Halls 
Our Pre-College students eat in Wagner’s cafeteria-style dining hall, which serves a range of healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The dining hall provides vegetarian and vegan options at every meal, and special dietary needs (such as kosher or gluten-free meals) will be accommodated.  Students also have the option to purchase snacks, soda/coffee, and sandwiches in the Hawk’s Nest. 
During your stay, you will have opportunities to take trips to points of cultural, historical, or recreational interest in the New York City Area.  Potential Academic Trips:  
  • The Met
  • MoMA
  • Museum of Natural History
Examples of recreational excursions from past years include: 
  • Times Square
  • Broadway shows including: Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde
  • Central Park
  • South Street Seaport
  • 9/11 Museum
  • Empire State Building
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Chelsea Market
  • Staten Island Yankees Stadium
  • Brooklyn Bridge
Transportation, lunch, and entrance fees are included for all required excursions as they relate to each course. Recreational trips are not included.    
On the first day, you will arrive and have a chance to get situated in your dorm room. Parents and students will be invited to a welcome reception where you will have an opportunity to meet your professors, other instructors, staff, and fellow students.  Your program will begin the following day with breakfast in the Wagner Dining Hall and then on to your chosen classes. Typically, the academic classes will meet mornings and afternoons, with field trips to Manhattan and other venues scheduled once or twice a week and during the weekends.  When on campus, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served in the dining hall. When not in class, or traveling to NYC sights, you will participate in informal workshops about college admissions, college life, time management, study skills, and more. And, of course, time will be devoted to your coursework. Group study halls will be scheduled during the evening and weekends. 
Sample Schedule: 
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Breakfast
9:00 a.m. –12 p.m.| Instructor-led classroom session
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. | Lunch/Free Time
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Instructor-led classroom session
5:30 p.m. | Dinner
7:30 p.m. | Evening Activity/Study Time