Photography Courses

Photography Courses in the Dept. of Art & Art History

Regular course offerings in Photography for Studio Art majors:

PHOT261 Beginning Digital Photography
Introduction to digital photographic processes for artists including camera operations, image editing and printing as well as seeing and expressing ideas photographically.

PHOT262 Beginning Wet Darkroom Photography
Introduction to traditional photographic processes using black and white film and the wet darkroom with an emphasis on technical and conceptual development.

PHOT263 Studio Lighting
Introduction to studio lighting for photography, digital asset management, and post-production, with emphasis on technical and conceptual development.

PHOT361 Intermediate Photography I
Intermediate work in photography with emphasis on the history and theory of the medium, increased technical control and development of personal work.

PHOT362 Intermediate Photography II
Continued work in photography with emphasis on exhibitions and contemporary issues and expression and the production of self-directed work.

PHOT363 Intermediate Photography III
Continued work in photography with emphasis on the photobook and production of self-directed work.

PHOT365 Time Based Media
Introduction to time-based media and video applications for artists and designers.

PHOT461 Advanced Photography I
Advanced work in photography with emphasis on professional practices and self-directed work for exhibition.

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Special Topics courses offered on a rotating basis:
Alternative Processes in Photography and Printmaking is a three-credit course with an emphasis on non-silver photography and traditional and non-toxic photo-mechanical printmaking processes. The content of this course builds on PHOT261 and PRNT241 and requires that students are familiar with using cameras, making digital prints and basic printmaking techniques and are able to pursue independent work.

Environment/Landscape/Photography is a three-credit course with an emphasis on the history and contemporary practice of landscape photography especially as it relates to environmental issues. This seminar course includes extensive readings in the subject as well as discussions, student presentations and a curatorial project using the photography collection at the Sheldon Museum of Art.

Photography Bookmaking is a three-credit course with an emphasis on the process of printing, sequencing, and binding photography books. The content of this course builds on PHOT261 and requires that students are familiar with using cameras and making digital prints.

Photography courses for non-studio art majors:
PHOT161 Photography for Non-Majors is a three-credit general education course that provides an introduction to photography as a fine art medium. Instruction is in digital photography with emphasis on seeing photographically. Students will learn basic camera operation, digital file management, image editing and printing in the service of visual problem solving and expression of ideas. An introduction to historical and contemporary work and concepts in photography will complement and inform these pursuits. (Students will need a dSLR for this course. A less desirable but viable alternative is a compact camera with manual controls that has the capability to capture RAW files.)

Recommended Courses for Photography Students

BA and BFA students with an emphasis in photography are encouraged to choose from this list of courses for their 200+ level Art History course requirements. (BA students need four Art History courses beyond AHIS 101 and 102; BFA students need three courses beyond AHIS 101 and 102.)

Courses offered in the Department of Art & Art History:
AHIS 246 Modern Art
AHIS 252 American Art 1865-1945
AHIS 346 European Art of the 20th C
AHIS 446 Art Since 1945
AHIS 448 Post-Modernism
BA students and BFA students who have an open/non-studio elective are encouraged to consider courses from this list to complement their studies in photography.

Courses offered in the Department of Communication Studies:
COMM 215 Visual Communication

Courses offered in the Department of English:
ENGL 282 Literature & the Other Arts
Courses from Film Studies including: ENGL 213E , ENGL 239, ENGL 269, ENGL 349, ENGL 373