Through a series of practical camera-based exercises, this course provides beginning-level camera owners with (a) an overview of equipment available, (b) creative project ideas to explore with their camera, (c) compositional and technical skills beyond novice levels, and (d) a vision of useful and career-enhancing projects and possibilities beyond the class.
NOTE: Photography students in some production courses are required to supply at their own expense a 35mm film camera and accessories, a digital SLR camera, reflected light meter and tripod. Video cameras, 4x5 view cameras and professional studio and darkroom equipment are available for training purposes at the department’s option. Values in parentheses reflect the expected cost to students of materials for the course.
PHOT 100 - Practical Photography for the Beginning Photographer
PHOT 101 - Introduction to 35mm Film Camera and Darkroom Techniques
Introduction to black and white photography using 35mm film and printing in a traditional B&W darkroom. Students will learn the use of the 35mm film camera, film and print processing in the B&W darkroom and gain an aesthetic sense of the photograph while producing a high quality B&W print portfolio. ($200)
PHOT 103 - Architectural and Landscape Photography
Use of the 4X5 large format traditional film camera and specialized digital camera and lenses for architectural and landscape photography. Introduction to the zone system of exposure control and fine printing. Location photography. Printing in the darkroom and computer lab. ($300) (camera supplied by Department)
PHOT 104 - Introduction to Video Production
Development of basic location video skills including pre-production, camera, lighting, and editing on computer. Introduction to techniques and equipment through lecture and demonstrations, exercises, individual and small group production. Emphasis on non-fiction film format with some opportunity for narrative filmmaking. Non-linear computer-based editing with Adobe Premiere. ($100.) (all equipment is supplied by Department)
PHOT 105 - Introduction to Digital Photography
This course is an introduction to digital photographic technique and the aesthetics of photography. Through a series of practical demonstrations and shooting assignments, the course provides students with an overview of digital camera operation, digital imaging principles, techniques in composition and aesthetics, and a foundation in photography that will prepare students for more advanced courses and career opportunities in photography.
PHOT 111 - History of Photography
This course will cover historical photographic movements and the technical development of photography from the inception of photography to the present and examine the impact the invention of photography has on our society, culture, and art. Students will investigate the historical events and cultural circumstances that have shaped the evolution of photographic expression and analyze significant photographic work.
PHOT 113 - Digital Technology, Art, and Culture
This is a lecture course in art and cultural history that examines the impact of digital technology on art and on the way society interacts with culture. Survey topics include the history of digital visual art, digital moving images, and digital music/sound art. Students will also examine critical theory that addresses the relationship between technology and art.
PHOT 151 - Techniques in Photo Editing (Photoshop I)
Use of Adobe Photoshop. Introduction to digital imaging, image enhancement and manipulation and archival print restoration. This course does not require a camera. ($100)
PHOT 152 - Introduction to Color Photography and Digital Printing
An exploration of color photography, its materials and processes. The major components of the course are: color theory, techniques of color photography, color management systems, output devices, and archival issues and techniques. Practical experience will be gained in digital color printing and color management including monitor calibration and printer profiling. Assignments will be shot digitally, enhanced and corrected with Adobe Photoshop and digitally printed. A high quality digital camera is required for the course. Archival concepts and presentation topics will also be included.($225)
PHOT 151, which may be taken concurrently.
PHOT 201 - Basic Lighting for Photography
In this course, students learn to incorporate additional light sources into their developing photography practice, using lighting techniques in the studio and on location for portraiture and still life photography. Students will learn to use on-camera flash, electronic strobe, light ratios and reflective lighting. The course emphasizes how to work in dark and bright situations.
PHOT 202 - Commercial Photography - Portraiture
Portraiture lighting techniques including use of single and multiple light sources, lighting patterns and ratios, outdoor subtractive lighting, interior lighting techniques for environmental portraiture and flash fill. Business practices, subject posing and use of medium format cameras are explored. ($300)
PHOT 152, which may be taken concurrently.
PHOT 205 - Commercial Photography - Advanced Studio
PHOT 211 - Event and Corporate Videography
This course provides study beyond the introductory level of the techniques, skills and processes used for video production in corporate and organizational settings, including non-profit organizations, cable TV and the web. It features hands-on applications of advanced techniques for creating professional video projects including use of the DSLR camera for video. The course refines students' skills in the pre-production process, the gathering of audio and video content through field production, and computer-based editing. ($100) (all equipment is supplied by Department)
PHOT 217 - Photojournalism
In this course, students will learn about the special role of photojournalism in modern society. This course provides advanced level photography students with an overview of photojournalism as a career, and instruction in expanded techniques of modern photojournalism. Using professional digital cameras, recorders, computers, and a variety of software, students will produce still and moving images for photojournalist storytelling while developing compositional and technical skills. ($50)
PHOT 250 - Fashion Entertainment Photography
This course is an introduction to professional fashion and entertainment photography. Through a series of practical demonstrations and shooting assignments, the course provides students with an overview of professional camera techniques, studio lighting, collaborating with stylists and models, and creating and marketing a professional photography portfolio for careers in fashion and entertainment photography. ($75).
PHOT 251 - Advanced Techniques in Photo Editing
This course is designed to help students prepare for a professional career in photography. The emphasis of the class is on photography post-production. Working across multiple software platforms, students will learn archival strategies, techniques for speeding up and improving workflow, and advanced tools and techniques in post-production image editing. Lectures and discussions will focus on various aspects of this crucial aspect of photographic image making, while lab time will reinforce these ideas with hands-on learning.
PHOT 260 - Fine Art Photography and Video
Students in this course will develop a photography or video project that conforms to exhibition standards of the fine art world. Students will also learn how to find and apply for opportunities in the fine art world and to price and sell their work.
PHOT 290 - Introduction to Aerial Photography
This course serves as an introduction to digital imaging using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), colloquially known as drones, through hands-on demonstration, flight training, and classroom instruction, students will learn to operate drones. Emphasis is placed on safety, equipment selection, flying, and preparing to take the FAA UAG exam, a requirement to fly UAS commercially. Students will also be introduced to the wide range of professional and artistic applications available to UAS pilots.
PHOT 291 - Internship
Students are placed in a professional studio or other photo/video employment for at least 5 hours per week to get firsthand experience in the industry. Supervision is by faculty in conjunction with employer.
PHOT 297 - Community Photography Projects
Students in this course will collectively develop a photography project that addresses the issues of a specific community and gain relevant professional experience in the field of photography. Through the production and documentation of this group project, students will individually develop professional photographic practices that can be applied to resumes.
PHOT 298 - Photography Portfolio
This course is a professional photography portfolio preparation class. Students will be supplied with the resources and mentorship necessary to produce a cohesive photographic portfolio that demonstrates originality and technical proficiency in their chosen field of photography.
PHOT 299 - Professional Practices in Photography and Digital Video Production
This course is the capstone experience for the Photography and Digital Video Production Programs. It teaches critical skills for the graduate who intends to seek employment in the field of photography or digital video production or transfer to a baccalaureate institution. Portfolio preparation will consolidate imagery digital video produced in previous courses into a unified body of work. Other components of the course include business aspects of the profession, legal issues, resume preparation and development of interview skills. Restricted to DVP and Photography students only.