Academics . Courses
Photo Major 2.1: Narrative Structures
Course No. PHV 267 Credits: 3.0
Narrative Structures is an intensive study in visual thinking for the photography major designed to utilize the creative potentials for both single and multiple image narrative. In this course, students investigate visual narrative constructs for linear and nonlinear storytelling with both digital and film-based media. The course encourages interdisciplinary experimentation to examine methods of production for traditional, digital and diverse media to communicate both idea and process. Required for sophomore Photography majors. Offered fall.
Photo Major 2.2 Digital Photo
Course No. PHV 201M Credits: 3.0
This is an advanced studio course directed for the photography major that provides the technical and aesthetic fundamentals of digital photographic imaging for creative application. Students gain experience and skill working through each step of the production process, from image capture to computer modification, manipulations, and enhancement of images. This course fosters an engagement in a comprehensive digital workflow focused toward the production and presentation of professional quality work for portfolio and exhibition. Students gain proficiency in the use of Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw and Lightroom 5 to make use of the creative options this software facilitates. Required for sophomore Photography majors. Offered spring.
Photo: Alternative Processes
Course No. PHV 291-391-491 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mary Jo Toles
Prerequisite(s) Photo I: Mechanics of Digital + Darkroom Photography | Digital Photo Imaging I | Digital Photo Imaging I
This course investigates the historical processes, contemporary practices, and concepts of alternative photography. This includes non-silver techniques, hand-applied emulsions, chemical, digital and hybrid processes for photographic imaging. Processes demonstrated may include Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Wet Plate Collodion, Platinum-Palladium, Liquid Emulsion and silver and non-silver toning options. Large format negatives for non-silver processes are generated using conventional film cameras, paper and digital negatives as well as photogram and pinhole photography. This course is project-based, involves research and experimentation, and is conducted through hands-on demos and instructional workshops. Open Studio Elective. Recommended for Photography majors. Prerequisites: PHV 295 Photo I: Mechanics of Digital + Film Photography; PHV301 Digital Photo Imaging I, or instructor signature.
Photo: BFA Portfolio + Exhibition
Course No. PHV 496M Credits: 3.0
Faculty Nancy McEntee
Students enrolled in this course build a cohesive portfolio of work to be presented professionally, at their Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition and complete their written Thesis. Students refine conceptual and technical aspects of their own and assignment-based work. Individual BFA Thesis projects are contracted with each student along with calendar dates for all phases of work to be completed. The course format maximizes the potential for dynamic group interaction and facilitates essential one-on-one exchange with faculty and individual students. Within critique and classroom discussion, relevant contemporary, historical, theoretical, and artistic practices are discussed. Faculty provides a balance of assignments, lectures, critiques, visiting artist lectures, workshops and demonstrations as needed. Professional practices and development of an artist exhibition are covered as part of this course. Senior Photo majors are presented with many opportunities to present work to gain the confidence and skills necessary to communicate to a broad range of audiences. Senior Photo Majors are expected to participate in local, regional and national exhibitions. Graduating students are also required to conduct regular meetings with members of their BFA Advisory Committee throughout the semester. Required of Senior Photography majors. Offered spring.
Photo: BFA Thesis + Research
Course No. PHV 495M Credits: 3.0
Faculty Nancy McEntee
This course will provide a framework for developing a conceptual photographic philosophy and written BFA Thesis. Students develop a thesis proposal and written Thesis in conjunction with work they will present in their BFA exhibition and final portfolio. Students hone critical and theoretical skills in photography by examining historical and contemporary practices that have emerged with respect toward concepts and processes. Students investigate these ideas through critical readings, discussions, writing, and field trips. Portfolio, exhibition, professional presentation, and writing skills are fine-tuned in this semester of study. The course format maximizes the potential for dynamic group interaction and facilitates essential one-on-one exchange with faculty and individual students. Senior Photo majors are presented with many opportunities to present work to gain the confidence and skills necessary to communicate to a broad range of audiences. Projects include a Thesis exhibition proposal, written Thesis, and calendar dates for all phases of work to be completed. Individual projects working towards their BFA exhibition are contracted with each student. Required of Senior Photography majors. Offered fall.
Photography: Installation & Constructed Objects
Course No. PHV 326 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barry Underwood
This course is a special topic course designed to cover the design, construction and lighting of installations, stage sets, and performance spaces. Students will investigate contemporary applications and approaches to subjects specifically composed for the camera and document installations that exist outside of the studio environment, with an emphasis on the genre’s relationship to historical and contemporary theatre. Workshops include cameras, studio lighting, basic electricity and carpentry, with an emphasis on scenery design. Students will plan and create small-scale models of stage designs; scale up these designs, and document their design. This course will be of special interest to photography students and those working in both installation and industrial design. Open to all majors. Cross-listed with Visual Arts.
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