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Photo Major 2.1: Narrative Structures

Course No. PHV 267  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mary Jo Toles

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. 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: Sophomore Seminar

Course No. PHV 268  Credits: 3.0

This course serves as an introduction to the rigors of studio practice, fundamentals of critical theory and development of an individualized and cohesive portfolio. This course engages the student in research, writing, creative content, and project development. Students gain an ability to visualize and verbally articulate their ideas, understanding the semantics of visual communication, augmented through a schedule of directed readings and range of critique strategies. This active and immersed practice positions the student’s work in relation to the larger arena of historical and contemporary art in a social context. Required of sophomore Photo majors. Offered spring.

Photo Major 3.1: Contemporary Color Photography: Theory + Practice

Course No. PHV 325  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barry Underwood

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 techniques and 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 and realized in production of an in-depth color technical notebook. Required for photography majors in the photo track. Open studio elective.

Photo Major 3.2: Visual Thinking in Contemporary Photography

Course No. PHV 330  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barry Underwood

In this course, photographic theories, modes and structures will be examined through the issues of narrative and aesthetics. Students will examine contemporary practices, which have emerged with respect toward photography, and hybrid digital media that transmute photographic theories, concepts, forms, and processes. The course will investigate
the ways in which photography continues to affect (visual) culture and the way one perceives and understands. The work of selected photographers will provide a framework for comparing photographic philosophies. Required for Photography
majors. Open studio elective with instructor’s signature. Offered spring.

Photo Major 4.1: BFA Thesis + Research

Course No. PHV 495M  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Nancy McEntee

In the fall semester, seniors produce their written BFA Thesis paper, required of all degree candidates. Students first establish a thesis topic, formulate an abstract and conduct research that leads to a thesis proposal. Research and production are finalized in the thesis paper. Throughout the semester students engage in critiques of work underway for the BFA exhibit and portfolio. Students hone critical and theoretical skills in photography by examining historical and contemporary practices that have emerged with respect to concepts and processes relevant to thesis topics, class discussion, and individual artistic pursuits. Students investigate these ideas through research, critical observation, discourse and writing. Course format maximizes the potential for dynamic group interaction and facilitates essential one-on-one exchange with faculty, BFA advisors and peers. In the senior year, Photography majors are expected to participate in professional opportunities to submit and present work in order to gain the confidence and skills necessary to communicate effectively to a broad range of audiences. Required for senior Photography majors. Offered fall.

Photography + Video: Internship

Course No. PHV 399-499  Credits: 0.0

Elective credit can be given on a case-by-case basis for student internships developed through the Career Center office, with advance permission of instructor and department chair.

PHV 231/331/431

Course No. Acting + Directing  Credits: 3.0

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.



Poetry Writing Workshop

Course No. LLC 211W  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Susan Grimm

This class will focus on the creation, revision, oral and visual presentation of poems. Because good writing requires deep reading, we'll also be reading and responding to poems from an anthology throughout the semester. Students will be required to keep a journal that responds to anthology poems in the form of imitation poems, commentary, letters to the poets, or illustrations. Class time will be spent doing writing and revision exercises, small-group work, discussing poems from the anthology, playing with various aspects of poetry, and workshopping poems written in class. The final project will entail creating a chapbook of poems written during the semester. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.

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