Photography Course Offerings

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Beginning photography includes the lens-less techniques of photogram and pinhole photography, principles of film exposure and development, and fundamental darkroom printing procedures. Assignments will establish a foundation of seeing with the 35mm camera. Students’ works are reviewed and discussed regularly. Evaluation is based on technical skills, quality and completion of assignments, and participation in class discussion.

Building on those technical skills, Photography II emphasizes aesthetics and students begin to develop personal visions. Students continue to work in film based wet process in the first half of the semester but transition to the digital process in the second half. Digital workflow will include scanning, color adjustment and correction, and final output to print or media. Students’ works are peer-critiqued regularly. Slide lectures on artists, critical essays, and books supplement the class work.

Advanced Photography and Independent Tutorials are designed for students who intend to continue photography in college and beyond. Studies in art history and critical essays are required. Students’ photographic work will be thematic and presented for group critique on a weekly basis. Each student will learn to prepare works for exhibition and learn to write an artist statement about his/her work. Students’ works are entered in regional photography competitions. Culminating assessment is based on the strength and quality of the final portfolio. Students may select the medium they want to work in.

AV507: Photography I

Term: Semester 1

This is an introductory course in black-and-white film photography. Topics will include the lensless techniques of photogram and pinhole photography, principles of film exposure and development, and fundamental darkroom printing procedures. Assignments will establish a foundation of seeing with the 35mm camera. Student work will be reviewed and discussed regularly. Slide lectures, books, critiques, and other sources will introduce students to photography history and photo-based artists. Evaluation is based on technical skills, quality and completion of assignments, and participation in class discussion. Open to all students, but limited to 10 per class section.

AV508: Photography I

Term: Semester 2

This is an introductory course in black-and-white film photography. Topics will include the lensless techniques of photogram and pinhole photography, principles of film exposure and development, and fundamental darkroom printing procedures. Assignments will establish a foundation of seeing with the 35mm camera. Student work will be reviewed and discussed regularly. Slide lectures, books, critiques, and other sources will introduce students to photography history and photo-based artists. Evaluation is based on technical skills, quality and completion of assignments, and participation in class discussion. Open to all students, but limited to 10 per class section.

AV523: Digital/Intermediate Photography

Term: Semester 1

Building on the technical skills of Photography I, this course will emphasize aesthetics and students will begin to develop personal visions. Students will continue to work in film-based wet process in the first half of the semester but will transition to the digital process in the second half. Digital workflow will include scanning, color correction, layers, making selections, masks, and final output to printers. Student photographic work will be reviewed and discussed regularly. Specialized topics may include night photography, the use of flash, digital scanning, and monochrome printing techniques. Open to students who have completed AV507 or AV508 or who have the permission of the instructor. Both film and digital format cameras are required.

AV524: Digital/Intermediate Photography

Term: Semester 2

Building on the technical skills of Photography I, this course will emphasize aesthetics and students will begin to develop personal visions. Students will continue to work in film-based wet process in the first half of the semester but will transition to the digital process in the second half. Digital workflow will include scanning, color correction, layers, making selections, masks, and final output to printers. Student photographic work will be reviewed and discussed regularly. Specialized topics may include night photography, the use of flash, digital scanning, and monochrome printing techniques. Open to students who have completed AV507 or AV508 or who have the permission of the instructor. Both film and digital format cameras are required.

AV548: Advanced Photography: Photography and Printed Words

Term: Semester 2

In this course, students will explore the full realm of book making including editing, sequencing, layouts, text, dust jackets and paper options. Students will learn about the tools and technology that are used to create self-published materials from exhibition catalogs to portfolios and books. The course will investigate traditional as well as contemporary design and layout. Students will spend the first half of the semester on narrative photography including essentials of workflow and color management. In addition to photography, students will examine the role that words and text play in the expression of their own personal narratives. The class is open to intermediate and advanced photography students. There is a lab fee for this class and the fees will cover the printed book from Blurb at the end of the semester.

AV991: Independent Tutorial in Visual Art

Term: Semester 1

This is an opportunity for a student to work with a member of the Department on a project in which they share a common interest. Open to Seniors by permission of the Department Head and the Dean of Academic Affairs.

AV992: Independent Tutorial in Visual Art

Term: Semester 2

This is an opportunity for a student to work with a member of the Department on a project in which they share a common interest. Open to Seniors by permission of the Department Head and the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Gabriela Gonzalez Carpio '17

Capturing Ambiguity in Poems and Images

Gabby is continuously evolving as artist, and constantly growing her repertoire. Her Independent Study Project allowed her to explore new ideas, concepts, and techniques in photography, culminating in a publication featuring her images and poems.