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Photography + Video Courses

Acting + Directing

Course No. PHV 231-331-431  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Lincoln Adams


Acting + Directing is an intense production course designed for aspiring art directors, screenwriters, and actors who wish to purse a career in film and/or animation. The course requires both performance and cinematic practice. Directors will create and produce short scenes taking on the full responsibility of creating clear communication using the audio/visual language of cinema and focusing on the developing and execution of performance on screen. Beyond just holding the responsibility of successful execution of a project, directors will also switch roles with the actor, working from the other side of the lens to better understand the acting process and what kind of specific direction an actor needs to perform according to another director’s vision. Open elective.

BFA Research + Preparation

Course No. IME 401  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Anthony Scalmato

These courses provide a platform for senior Animation, Game Design, and TIME–Digital Arts students who are BFA candidates. The courses are structured to support the individual in shaping her/his own project and the production of all elements of the BFA Thesis, strong conceptual skills developed through a professional planning and a good researched idea are core to this process.

BFA Thesis + Exhibition

Course No. IME 402  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Anthony Scalmato

These courses provide a platform for senior Animation, Game Design, and TIME-Digital Arts students who are BFA candidates. The courses are structured to support the individual in shaping her/his own project and the production of all elements of the BFA Thesis, strong conceptual skills developed through a professional planning and a good researched idea are core to this process.

Cinematography: 16mm Filmmaking

Course No. PHV 261-361-461  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Photo I: Mechanics of Digital + Darkroom Photography

This course is designed as an introduction, both to the craft of filmmaking and to the appreciation of film as a pioneering medium of communication, entertainment, and art. The course introduces the technical and aesthetic fundamentals of 16mm filmmaking and students design and work on individual and group projects. Students will learn the camera, camera support systems, lighting techniques, light metering systems and sound recording. Composition, rhythm, and movement are also discussed. In a hands-on environment, students are introduced to a range of production and post-production equipment available at the Institute. Emphasis is placed on pre-production planning, visualization, successful operation of hardware, and group collaboration. The class will view a variety of films of historic and aesthetic importance and examine major movements and approaches to film art. Field trips will also complement the coursework. Students execute several exercises in 16mm film. They are responsible for purchasing and processing a minimum of three 100ft rolls (approximately 3.5minutes each) of 16mm film stock. Prerequisite: PHV 295 Photo I: Mechanics of Digital + Film Photography or signature of Instructor.

Contemporary Color Photography: Digital + Film

Course No. PHV 225-325-425  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Michael Wallace

This course is designed to investigate the contemporary applications of color in photography while developing a working knowledge of color theory in relationship to photographic practice. The course includes a wide range of color-based practices and techniques as well an exploration of subtractive and additive color as they pertain to digital and chemical photographic processes. The interaction between light, pigmentation, and photographic materials, will also be covered. This course is required for Photography majors and is open as an elective to other students. Offered fall.

Digital Imaging II: Large Format

Course No. PHV 393-493  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mary Jo Toles
Prerequisite(s) The Fine Art of Silver Print | The Fine Art of Silver Print | Photo I: Mechanics of Digital + Darkroom Photography

This advanced studio course is designed to further the students’ investigation of large format photography in digital and chemical processes. Examples of artistic and professional artwork will be shown in class lectures to illustrate application of these creative skills historically and in a contemporary context. Required for Photography majors. Open Studio Elective.

Prerequisites: PHV 295 Photo I: Mechanics of Digital + Film Photography; PHV 270 Fine Art Silver Print and PHV 301 Digital Photo Imaging I or instructor signature.

Digital Photo Imaging I

Course No. PHV 301  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mary Jo Toles

This course is an introduction to the technical and aesthetic fundamentals of digital photographic imaging. This studio course is designed for students interested in working with digital imagery for various applications. Students use the computer to modify, manipulate, or to enhance photographic images. Emphasis is placed on consideration of the hardware and software tools required for successfully capturing, manipulating, and exporting images, as well as an understanding of the technical issues involved in each step of the production process. Required for Photography majors. Open Studio Elective.

Digital Photo Imaging II: Advanced Projects

Course No. PHV 321-421  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Photo I: Mechanics of Digital + Darkroom Photography | Digital Photo Imaging I | Digital Photo Imaging I

Digital Imaging II is an advanced studio art course in digital image-making concepts and techniques, allowing in-depth exploration of extended computer-based photo, large format and compositing projects. Digital imaging skills are advanced working with Adobe Creative Cloud’s latest advancements to Photoshop, Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, and Lightroom. Aesthetic issues are balanced with technical aspects of production, promoted through research into both artistic concerns and specific skill sets tailored to individual projects. Class structure combines demonstration and tutorials with hands-on, project-based activities applying acquired techniques, and provides opportunity for in-class discussion, critiques and presentations. Students are expected to demonstrate time management skills, work independently and meet deadlines. Required for photography majors in the photo track. Open Elective. Prerequisites: PHV295 Photo I: Mechanics of Digital + Film Photography; PHV301 Digital Photo Imaging I, or instructor signature. Offered fall.

Photo major who prints on glass makes headlines on Wired.com

Photo major who prints on glass makes headlines on Wired.com

Photography major Emma Howell '14 built a camera that prints images on handblown glass. Wired.com published this feature story on Howell's remarkable achievement.

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Barry Underwood

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Barry Underwood is an Assistant Professor and chair of the Sculpture Department at the Cleveland Institute of ...more

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