With emphasis on artistic development coupled with critical thinking, historical analysis, and communication skills, Photography Department prepares students to become effective media artists and professionals. Development of a personal creative identity begins with a highly structured sophomore curriculum. Graduates are expected to demonstrate excellence in artistic vision and professional skills, innovation, and a contextual understanding of their work in contemporary culture.

The program emphasizes an awareness of fine arts traditions as well as the professional disciplines of the contemporary media artist. Students work in documentary, experimental and in narrative. The department promotes critical thinking and independence across the spectrum of media making.

Survey of Photography: 1839 to Present

This course is conceived as an introductory survey of photography from its beginning in 1839 through 2014. The material is organized around the motivations of individual photographers and the development of various movements. It includes the study of criticism and emphasizes photographer's books. The format is interactive and allows for student participation in addition to written work and exams.


Digital Cinema I

The first of a two course sequence designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of digital cinema production. The course focuses on the production of short video works, with an equal emphasis on concept, content, and equipment use. Experimentation is encouraged in all areas Students work collaboratively and individually on video assignments that will advance their abilities as makers, viewers, and readers.


Black and White Photography

This is an introductory course in black-and-white photography. The course will introduce basic techniques, including small-camera operation, film exposure and development, and the contact printing, enlarging, and finishing of black-and-white photographs, as well as concept development and image content. Emphasis will be placed on the ability of students to master the technical skills necessary to begin developing their own artistic style and using the medium as a communicative tool. Visual presentations will acquaint students with photographers who have influenced the development of the medium.


Sophomore Critique

This course is the first in a project-and-seminar sequence in which students develop a sense of analysis, synthesis, assessment, and self-reflection regarding their own photographic production, the work of peers, and cultural production at large. This course focuses on approaches to project development and critique. Readings and discussions will examine the dissemination of images and ideas as it relates to the aesthetics and social significance of photography.


Digital Photography

This is an introductory course in digital photography. In this course, students are introduced to color techniques and theories. The course will cover the basics of color photography, including image capture, file management, image processing, and digital printing. Students will gain a broader understanding of photography as an artistic medium through readings, critiques, class discussions, and field trips.


Intermediate Digital Photography

Expanding upon the photographic techniques and concepts introduced in Digital Photography, students in this course will gain an in-depth understanding of digital file management; editing and processing; and printing techniques. The discussion of photographic and media artists who use the internet and digital-imaging software will help students understand how these tools are being used today.


Advanced Digital Photography

Expanding upon the photographic tools and techniques learned in Intermediate Digital Photography, students in this course will learn advanced digital-imaging techniques, as well as how those techniques relate to the professional world of photography-whether in the fine-art, commercial, or editorial photographic fields.


Lighting I

This course covers all aspects of artificial light used in photography, both in the studio and on location. Students will become familiar with key concepts, including understanding and controlling the quality of light and the architecture of multiple light set ups. The course will cover ideal lighting for portraiture, still life, and interior spaces will be covered.


Between Image and Word: Why Photographers Write

Captions, artists' statements, essays on their own and others' work, extended critical essays, theoretical statements about the nature of photography: all of these are forms of writing undertaken by photographers. In this course, we will study the writings of photographers with an eye to understanding the many contexts in which photographers write and the expectations for good writing those contexts create. The course will be both theoretical and practical, in the sense that students will study the writings of photographers in order to understand the various contexts of photographic writing and the ways photographers have responded to them and will develop their own skills in meeting the demands of the good use of words. All readings will be by artists who use both photographic images and words to make meaning.


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